Spiny Waterflea

The SUNY Plattsburgh / Lake Champlain Research Institute (LCRI) field crew caught spiny waterflea in Stewart’s Bridge Reservoir on Tuesday 8/17.  This is the last ponded water downstream of Great Sacandaga Lake before the Sacandaga River’s final run to the Hudson.  While this find is not surprising given the presence of SWF in Great Sacandaga, we believe it to be the first documented SWF in this waterbody.  (Perhaps others know of earlier documentation?)  Note the great photo of this specimen taken at the LCRI.


Sampling efforts thus far this summer have NOT detected spiny waterflea in the Glens Falls Feeder Canal or the Champlain Canal, so this is good news.


SUNY Plattsburgh / LCRI under the direction of Tim Mihuc, PhD is conducting field sampling activities associated with the Lake Champlain Long Term Water Quality and Biological Monitoring Project under an MOU with NYDEC using funding from the Lake Champlain Basin Program.  Sampling is being conducted at the outlet dam of Stewarts Bridge Reservoir, one site on the Feeder Canal, 2 sites on the Champlain Canal, and at the 15 long term stations on Lake Champlain.


Fred Dunlap

NY Lake Champlain Basin Program Coordinator
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Water, Region 5
1115 Rte 86   PO Box 296
Ray Brook, NY  12977
ph: 518-897-1241     fax: 518-897-1245
email: fddunlap@gw.dec.state.ny.us


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