This page has links to water quality measurements, both surface water and drinking water, to provide a glimpse into the current status of water in the Valley.
Here is a link to nutrients (nitrate and phosphorous) measured in tributaries to Butternut Creek in 2009 by Brenden Wagner, a student at SUNY Oneonta (now graduated). Note that by selecting the Visualize button for the table, you will see a clickable map of the sample locations. (Nutrients in Butternut Tributaries ).
Here is a link to water quality and element concentrations in Butternut Creek at Flatiron Road, sampled several times from 2010 to 2011 by Stephen Job (formerly a student at SUNY Oneonta, and now working for the US Geological Survey with water quality in California) and Devin Castendyk (Associate Professor in Earth & Atmospheric Sciences at SUNY Oneonta). And, if you are interested, here is a table of the statistics and detection limits for the various elements.
Here is a link to well water analyses (a Google Fusion Table) collected by the United States Geological Survey (2004-5) and SUNY Oneonta (2010) in the upper Susquehanna basin. Note that by selecting the "Visualize" menu, and then select "Map", you will see a clickable map of the sample locations. You can also generate simple charts of the data. I suggest that you select the "Bar" option under the "Visualize" menu, and then select the element of choice to plot. I encourage you to explore the data with the various tools in the menu lists.
USGS Water Quality Data for Butternut Creek in Morris, NY, sampled several times from the 1950s onward.
USGS Water Quality Data for Unadilla River at Rockdale, NY (downstream from junction of Butternut Creek with the Unadilla River)
US EPA's site for Drinking Water Standards and Issues. You can find maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) that are permissible in drinking water on this site, as well as some of the side effects of known pollutants.
BVA volunteers assisted with a treeplanting effort to stabilize bank erosion along the Butternut, April 20, 2011. Otsego County Soil & Water Conservation District guided the project, with funding support from Otsego County Conservation Association.
Coming Soon! More well water data, sampled by SUNY Oneonta.