A lead-contaminated swamp serving as backdrop to a shooting range in Lansing could threaten the drinking-water quality of Cayuga Lake. The swamp — technically a wetland of Salmon Creek — contains an accumulation of lead shot from more than a half-century of target practice at the Lansing Rod and Gun Club.
While the shot poses less-than-ideal environmental conditions, the severity of the drinking water threat may be tied to the acidity of the swamp, according to federal officials. Because lead tends to become soluble in even mildly acid conditions, it’s feasible that dissolved lead could flow via Salmon Creek into Cayuga Lake near Myers Point, in the Town of Lansing.
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