tributaries of Onondaga lake


onondaga's tributaries

Onondaga Lake has two natural tributaries that contribute approximately 70% of the total water flow to the lake. These tributaries are: Ninemile Creek and Onondaga Creek. The Metropolitan Syracuse Wastewater Treatment Plant (METRO) contributes 20% of the annual flow.[3] [

What is a Tributary?

A tributary or affluent[1] is a stream or river which flows into a main stem (or parent) river. A tributary does not flow directly into a sea, ocean, or lake. Tributaries and the mainstem river serve to drain the surrounding drainage basin of its surface water and groundwater by leading the water out into an ocean or some other large body of water.

A confluence is where two or more bodies of water meet together, usually referring to the joining of tributaries.

Reciprocal to a tributary is a distributary, a river that branches off of and flows away from the main stream. Distributaries are most often found in river delt

Onondaga lakes watersheads

the tributary's of Onondaga lake are...

  • bloody brook
  • ley creek
  • geddes brook
  • harbor brook
  • ninemile creek
  • Onondaga creek
  • otisco lake basin

more about onondaga lake

Onondaga Lake is roughly 4.5 miles long, 1 mile wide, and lies in Central New York, next to the city of Syracuse. The lake has an average depth of 36 feet, with two deep basins. The northern basin is 62 feet deep; the southern is 65 feet deep. Ninemile Creek and Onondaga Creek are the lake’s two largest tributaries. Additionally, the discharge from Metro – Onondaga County’s sewage treatment plant – provides almost 20% of the water flowing into the lake and as much as 30% in the summer.

How Does a Tributary Cause Flooding?

Flooding is caused from rain, snow melting and precipitation, so when the tributaries fill up they flow down to the lake then the lake becomes over filled it starts to flood.