Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe
Environment Division
For The Next Seven Generations
Air Quality Program
Brownfields
Compliance
Environmental Assessments
Env. Education Outreach
Forestry
Green Building Project
Hazardous Materials
Information Systems
I R M P
M E R C
N R D A
Solid Waste Management
St. Lawrence River AOC
Superfund
Water Resource Program
Wetlands Protection
Acid Rain - NADP
Ambient Air
Benzene Program
Climate Change
Fluoride Vegetation
Indoor Air
In-House
Metals
Ozone
PAH
PM 10 & 2.5
SO2 & Nox
TIP
Video
Wind
Clouds
The Atmosphere
Pollution Types and Sources
Particulate Matter
Sulfur Oxides
History of Clean Air Act
Carbon Monoxide
H. Indoor Air in Mohawk Homes
Radon - What Are Our Risks
Radon Update
Styrene Air Monitoring
Veg. Injury Causedr by Fluoride
PAH
 
Public Record
Area 1
Area 2
Area 3
Area 4
About Us
Forms
Current Projects
Public Comments
Pesticides 
Env. Edu. 2002 
IEN Newsletter 2002-2006
Response Team
Petroleum Bulk Storage
GIS
IT
Maps
Projects
Equipment & Software
Services
2015 Price List
Discontinuity Planning
Kwis & Tiio
Recycling
Services Provided
SW Management Resources
Waste Lamp Recycling
Life Without Trash Removal
BUI
Sturgeon Restoration
Mussel Restoration
Ethnobotany
St.Regis River
Grasse River
Alcoa East
Alcoa West
General Motors
 

Print this Page
St. Lawrence River AOC - BUI

Furbearers


Wildlife Technician
Figure 1: Wildlife Technician, Jay Wilkins, sampling beaver near a river.
Beaver and muskrat have traditionally been consumed by Mohawk, and otter and mink have been included in EPA’s risk assessments for contaminate exposure due to their diet, habitat usage, and sensitivity to contaminants. The study looks at the contaminant concentrations in muscle tissue of muskrat and beavers to address the human health concern and Restrictions on Fish and Wildlife Consumption. Field sampling will be used to address Degraded Fish and Wildlife Population. Also, the study will look at contaminant concentrations in liver tissue of mink, otter, and raccoon (a surrogate species selected for the elusive river otter) to compare to reproductive health toxic thresholds to address Bird or Animal Deformities or Reproductive Problem. Finally, habitat assessments in the field for 50 sampling sites in 2011 and 2012 will provide qualitative information on the habitat condition inside and outside the AOC to address Loss of Fish and Wildlife Habitat. A reconnaissance survey was conducted in early fall 2011 of riverine habitat within the AOC and appropriate and comparable reference locations outside the AOC to obtain qualitative information on habitat and sampling sites for trapping. Two field seasons (2012 & 2013) will utilize an intensive riverine and trap line sampling effort to collect quantitative information on furbearer populations along the Grasse, Raquette and St Regis rivers, and habitat appropriate sites along the St. Lawrence River and associated watershed. Field monitoring efforts are targeted for NYS regulated fall trapping seasons for permitted taking of animals with appropriate licenses. In 2011, a total of 69 samples were collected, tagged, recorded and processed for population survey needs, and subsamples processed for tissue analysis (PCBs, Mercury, Pesticides and Dioxin) and observations of external abnormalities. Monthly winter tracking surveys were also conducted between January-March 2011, and January-March 2012 to support population studies, specific to mink and otter. Year two of collection will begin October 2012 and will be compared to the 2011 study.

The St. Lawrence River AOC begins above the power dam facilities and seaway locks at the Massena Village drinking water intake and flows downstream for approximately 15 miles along the international border to the eastern outlet of Lake Saint Francois, and includes portions of the Grasse, Raquette, and St. Regis rivers. The entire AOC is divided by the international border: jurisdiction in the United States portion is shared between the United States, New York State and the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe; while jurisdiction in the Canadian portion is shared between Canada, Ontario, Quebec and the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne.

  
Winter Tracking Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP)
  1. Quality Assurance Project Plan for Targeted Winter Tracking Surveys for Otter (Lontra Canadensis) and Mink (Mustela vison) Furbearer Species
  2. Winter Tracking QAPP_USEPA Signature Page 2011
Field Collection Activities for Furbearer Mammal Study
  1. 2011 Quality Assurance Project Plan for Field Collection Activities for Furbearer Mammal Study.
  2. Field Collection QAPP_USEPA Signature Page 2012


Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Environment Division Posted: 2012.07.31 Updated: 2015.01.13
http://www.srmtenv.org/index.php?spec=stlawrenceriver-aoc/bui-fur