Susquehanna-Chemung Action Plan -- Roads

An Ecosystem-Based Watershed Management Plan
for the
Susquehanna and Chemung Basins of New York

Water connects us all...

Navigate toward better roadway drainage.

  • Recognizing the significant impacts that transportation systems have on the landscape and water resources, promote improved practices for designing new roads, managing road and railroad drainage, improving stream crossings, and preventing erosion.


Section 7: Roads

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Good Resources
Cornell Local Roads Program
Provides training, technical assistance and information to local highway departments.
Roads and Water Quality Handbook
Reference materials to assist local highway departments with activities that may impact water quality.
Penn State Center for Dirt & Gravel Road Studies
Resources include technical documentation of Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance practices.
Environmental Inquiry:  Stormwater Runoff in Roadside Ditches
Information and resources developed at Cornell University to support student research.
Two-Stage Ditch Design
Ditch design technique developed by the Nature Conservancy with both a low flow channel and a bench to accommodate high flow.
Environmental Initiative of the NYS Department of Transportation (NYSDOT)
The Environmental Initiative is an ethic that requires the NYSDOT to do more than simly minimize and mitigate environmental damage by making environmental enhancement a routine and inexpensive part of the Department's normal work.  The GreenLITES (Green Leadership in Transportation Environmental Sustainability) Program recognizes transportation project designs, operations and maintenance practices that incorporate a high level of environmental sustainability.
Interstate 86 Project
Information about the conversion of Route 17 to Interstate 86 is available from the NYS Department of Transportation and the I86 Coalition.



The Upper Susquehanna and Chemung Watersheds have
17,000 miles of road and
13,800 miles of stream.


Learn More

Additional information, references, and recommended actions may be added to these page as the plan is implemented and updated. If you would like to get involved and share resources or suggestions, please contact a member of the ad hoc Advisory Committee or STC staff, Chelsea Robertson (; 607-962-5092). Learn more about the Suquehanna-Chemung Action Plan by selecting issues from the menu on the left. Other resources include a Project Summary handout, information about Ecosystem-Based Management, and a document library with minutes and other information.

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