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Protection of Waters

The protection of waters program assures compliance with regulations that protect physical, chemical and biological characteristics of rivers, streams, lakes and other surface waters from harmful activities in the water body.  The regulations also intend to protect these water’s best uses per their regulatory classifications.  

Stream Disturbance

The Ithaca Campus is located along both Cascadilla Creek and Fall Creek. In order to maintain campus infrastructure, maintenance activities sometimes require stream disturbance. Any maintenance activity disturbing sediments in either creek or Beebe Lake requires special permits.

Excavation and Fill in Navigable Waters 

The Merrill Sailing Center is located along the shore of Cayuga Lake. In order to maintain this facility, activities regulated by USACE and NYSDEC must be followed.