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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.

This project is funded by:

Veness Brook, Location ID T51-1

Silver Street Rd. south of Mobbs Rd., Town of Fleming

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

Stream Information

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.

Stream Characteristics

Owasco Lake Watershed Tributary 51 is the main channel of Veness Brook. This crossing is designated T51-1 as the first crossing (1, 1A...) located on the first branch of the main channel of Veness Brook. Click here to view the official watershed map with tributary numbering.

The headwaters, or source, of Veness Brook are located entirely within the Town of Fleming. From the headwaters, water travels approximately 1.6 miles miles before reaching this crossing, and will travel another 1.4 miles before reaching Owasco Lake. 


The Veness Brook subwatershed (a.k.a. subbasin), or entire land area that drains to the main tributary, totals approximately 2.16 square miles out of the 208 total square miles in the Owasco Lake Watershed

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!

Interested in learning more? Contact our Watershed Inspector, Tim Schneider about becoming a WAVE Program volunteer!

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