STC is vitally involved in a host of environmental programs:
The STC Low Impact Development (LID) Sampler was published in August 2007 and just updated in 2010 with three new pages focused on rain gardens built in Chemung and Schuyler Counties in 2009. This booklet highlights techniques, built in the Upper Susquehanna River watershed, which increase groundwater recharge, expand greenery in our urban spaces and reduce the amount of water that becomes damaging "runoff." Please CLICK HERE to go to the full text of the LID Sampler or here for the chapters. Also available are the "Rainwater is Good" PowerPoint and bibliography of LID designs
A recent STC product is the Rural Design Workbook. This easy-to-use workbook describes how to lay out new development in the countryside that protects the very qualities people are searching for : rural quality of life, wildlife habitats, picturesque streams, and diverse wetlands.
STC staff also helps municipalities meet the NYS Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR) requirements by guiding them through the SEQR process and helping research answers needed for environmental assessment forms or Environmental Impact Statements.
Expertise is also available in historic preservation, open space, greenway corridor, and other environmental areas.
Helping Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties address environmental issues across county borders is a main purpose for the STC Physical Resources Advisory Committee(PRAC). This committee meets from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. every two months at various locations around the region to consider action for recommendation to the full STC Board. Click HERE for information on upcoming meetings and recent minutes.
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