Tributary Adoption and Identification Pilot Program

A new tributary identification initiative for the Owasco Lake Watershed is underway! Funded by New York Sea Grant and the Inspection Program, this project is known as the Tributary Adoption and Identification Pilot Program or “TAIPP”. TAIPP will develop identification and informational signage at stream-road crossings, starting in the Towns of Owasco, Fleming, Niles, and Skaneateles.


This “pilot” project aims to enhance community involvement and participation along stream corridors, engaging the public in tributary protection and education. Eventually, this initiative will expand to additional towns throughout the Owasco Lake Watershed, and similar tributary signage will be placed at major crossings.

Click a point to view tributary information for that location.

TAIPP signs will include important information, such as: subwatershed and tributary identification, as well as “quick response” (QR) scan codes that will link mobile users to a database containing specific biological, physical, and geographical information about each tributary. A unique identification code will label each tributary crossing, along with emergency contact information, so the public can report noticeable water quality issues at the location.

The Inspection Program will work with local agencies and the watershed municipalities to implement TAIPP during the summer and fall of 2016.

This barcode design is called a quick response, or QR, code. When scanned by code-reading apps on mobile devices (free to download), QR codes take you right to a specific webpage.

Scan the code to link to our homepage at

The TAIPP stream-road crossing identification signs will link users to webpages specific to the tributary corridor where signs are located (click a point on the map above to view the page for that location). These webpages provide information including: tributary characteristics such as length and location of origin; links to common aquatic organisms such as fish and insects; and how to recognize common water quality concerns.

Sample QR Code

This project is funded by: