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An Integrated Assessment of the Recovery of Surface Waters from Reduced Levels of Acid Precipitation in the Catskill and Adirondack Regions, New York

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Problem - Acidic precipitation has affected forested and aquatic ecosystems in New York, particularly in the Adirondack and Catskill regions. Acidification of surface waters and deleterious effects on fish and other biota have been well documented in both these regions. Despite reduced levels of acidity in atmospheric deposition over the past 20 years across New York and the northeastern United States, the most acid-sensitive streams and lakes have not yet begun to recover, and many show continued declines in acid-neutralizing capacity, an indicator acid-base status. Many studies have documented the effects of acid precipitation in New York, but thus far, there has been no comprehensive effort to synthesize and compare data and [...]

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productDescriptionBurns, D.A., McHale, M.R., Driscoll, C.T., and Roy, K.M., 2006, Response of surface water chemistry to reduced levels of acid precipitation -- Comparison of trends in two regions of New York, USA: Hydrological Processes, v. 20, no. 7 (4/30/06), p. 1611-1627, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.5961. http://ny.water.usgs.gov/pubs/jrn/ny3072/jrn06-ra1m00b.pdf
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valueAcidic precipitation has affected forested and aquatic ecosystems in New York, particularly in the Adirondack and Catskill regions. The principal goal of this study is to synthesize data on the chemistry of streams, lakes, soil, and atmospheric deposition in the Adirondacks and Catskills, and to analyze these data to detect patterns and trends in recovery from reduced levels of acid deposition.

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  • Acid Rain Recovery

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