Presque Isle Bay Watershed Water Quality Assessment

For more information contact: Sean Rafferty, 814-217-9013 or

Measuring the success of watershed restoration and protection efforts relies heavily upon a long-term watershed monitoring plan.  In 2002, researchers from Gannon University, Mercyhurst University, and Penn State Behrend provided a baseline chemical, physical, and biological assessment of the Presque Isle Bay watershed by assessing a total of 16 sites along Scott Run, Cascade Creek, Mill Creek, and Garrison Run.  In 2011, Pennsylvania Sea Grant assessed the habitat, fish community, macorinvertebrate community, and sediment chemistry throughout the watershed.  Results of the assessments can be downloaded at

In June 2012, Pennsylvania Sea Grant evaluated the water quality conditions at the 16 sites assessed by Gannon University and three additional sites at the mouths of Scott Run, Mill Creek, and Garrison Run.  Results of the study are pending.

The project is being funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

PASG Staff:  Sean Rafferty (PI), Matt Pluta, Tom Cermak, and Shane Krause

Partners:  Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Regional Science Consortium, and Test America, Inc.