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The Black River is a blackwater river that empties into the eastern end of Lake Ontariomarker on the shore of Jefferson County, New Yorkmarker in the United States of Americamarker. The origin of the name is not clear, but it may stem from the natural tannic acid that darkens the water in places.

The river's source is in various locations, including Little Black Creek and North Lake, in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in northern New Yorkmarker.

The river ends at Lake Ontario west of the City of Watertown. For the last few miles it forms the boundary between the Towns of Brownville and Hounsfield.

Sporting activities

The river is an excellent location for fishing. Abundant trout, salmon, bass, and pike are present in the stream.Salmon is the most favoured.

Whitewater rafting and kayaking are popular on some stretches of the river, notably the Black River Canyon, which begins in Watertown and ends in Brownville. The Black River Canyon is one of few whitewater streams which have reliable flows throughout the summer. The "Canyon" itself is not actually present until you reach Brownville and ends in the Dexter Reservoir.

Environmental issues

About August 10, 2005, the Black was contaminated by a spill from a manure lagoon on a dairy farm (a concentrated animal feeding operation) near Lowville, New Yorkmarker when a retaining wall gave way, allowing the contents of a waste holding pond to spill. About 8 million gallons of pollution flowed into the river. An estimated 250,000 fish were killed.

As of August 3, 2006 a settlement has been reached and Marks' Dairy Farm, originator of the spill, has been fined.

See also

Further reading

  • Adirondack Stories of the Black River Country O'Hern (2003) ISBN 0925168688

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