Tributary Adoption and Identification Pilot Program (TAIPP)
Thank you for your interest in learning more about this stream!
As you view our sign, please remember that this site is for informational purposes only, and that while the stream's water is considered waters of the State, it flows through private properties. Please respect our cooperating landowners and DO NOT TRESSPASS onto properties beyond the road rights of way.
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Sucker Brook, Location ID T1-5
Melrose Rd. west of North Rd., Town of Owasco
Welcome to the Owasco Lake Watershed! No matter where you are on earth, you’re in a watershed - an area of land where surface water drains and ends up in a tributary (stream), lake, or ocean. We depend on watersheds to:
Store and transport drinking water
Filter wastewater and stormwater
Maintain the balance between natural processes and human activities for healthy lakes, rivers, and streams
This stream is a tributary - a small stream that feeds a larger stream or river - that will eventually flow to Owasco Lake. Follow this link to National Geographic for a more in-depth definition of tributary and related terms.
Owasco Lake Watershed Tributary 1 is the main channel of Sucker Brook. The headwaters, or source, of Sucker Brook are located entirely within the Town of Owasco.
Tributary 1-5 is just one feeder stream (out of 7) of the Sucker Brook subwatershed (a.k.a. subbasin), the entire land area that drains to the main tributary. Sucker Brook drains approximately 9.9 square miles of the 208 total square miles in the Owasco Lake Watershed.
This crossing is designated T1-5 as the first crossing located on the fifth feeder stream of Sucker Brook. Click here to view the official watershed map with tributary numbering.
Water in this stream travels nearly 0.5 miles before reaching this crossing, and will travel another 5.8 miles before reaching Owasco Lake.
Water Quality Information
Seeing foam in this stream? It may be a natural byproduct of decomposition of leaves and other organic materials. Click here to read more.
Interested in volunteering to collect water samples to help track water quality parameters? Contact the Owasco Watershed Lake Association to join their efforts!
Did you know that freshwater macroinvertebrates - the small, spineless animals that dwell in this stream, including insects, worms, and crusteaceans - can help indicate water quality? Check out this link from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation!