|Carncross Salt Pond
SubSystem: Natural Lakes And Ponds
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The nickname "The Salt City" was given to Syracuse during the boom time, during the 1700 and 1800s, of the commerical salt industry in the area. During this period, brine from springs including very likely some of the remnant inland salt ponds was one of the local resources used in large scale salt production (Kappel 2000).
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This small patch community has been degraded or destroyed throughout its range. The largest examples were likely lost to activities related to salt mining and other industrial development. New York State is at the edge of the range of the community. There are only two currently documented occurrences in New York, and probably not many more historically given that its range is primarily restricted to areas associated with inland salt springs in central New York. There is only one documented occurrence with very good viability in the state (i.e., one AB-ranked occurrence) and it is protected on private conservation land. The current trend of this community is declining moderately as a result of invasive species, agricultural and urban development, and alteration to the natural hydrology.
The number and acreage of inland salt ponds in New York have declined in recent decades as result of habitat destruction (e.g., filling of wetlands) and the spread of invasive species, such as common reed (Phragmites australis).
The number and acreage of inland salt ponds in New York have probably had a large decline from historical numbers likely correlated to the salt mining industry and other development.