STC Water Resources Program

Related Program Areas:
Stormwater Management 
 
Flood Mitigation 

STC has been working with Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben Counties for more than thirty-five years protecting and maintaining the region’s water resources. STC was a founding member of each County Water Quality Coordinating Committee and has provided uninterrupted service to the Committees since their inception more than fifteen years ago. Through the committees, STC helps the region address watershed management and water quality issues that cross county boundaries and assists the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation with local delivery of state water programs. STC is also an active partner in regional watershed planning efforts.

In 2010, STC initiated development of the Susquehanna-Chemung Action Plan.; This Ecosystem-Based Watershed Management Plan for the Susquehanna and Chemung Basins of New York is a concise, action-filled document that creates a watershed identity and inspires partners and funders to work together to achieve a sustainable economy that respects the natural functions of the watershed.

STC maintains water resources data that can be accessed through online mapping portals for Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben Counties.

Co-chaired by STC, the Chemung Basin River Trail Partnership was formed by interested agencies and residents in 1999 to develop a river trail system in the Chemung Valley and to promote the protection of its watershed. The Partnership was an original partner in the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network, which connects visitors with the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers through 150 exceptional parks, wildlife refuges, museums, sailing ships, historic communities and trails. In 2009, the Partnership whole-heartedly supported the creation of the not-for-profit Friends of the Chemung River Watershed, encouraged citizens to join the Friends, and streamlined its membership to water-related groups and organizations.  STC staff serves on the Board of Directors of The Friends of the Chemung River Watershed whose mission is to protect, preserve and promote the watershed, and to improve economic resources, the quality of life and the natural environment for the residents of the Chemung River Watershed.

Since its inception in 1994, STC has been a partner with the Upper Susquehanna Coalition, a voluntary group of sixteen counties in NY and PA that have pledged to reduce nutrients and sediments that enter the Susquehanna Basin. The top priority for the Coalition is the development of the NYS Tributary Strategy to help states within the Chesapeake Bay watershed voluntarily reduce pollutants before mandatory requirements are enforced.

The Seneca Lake Area Partners in 5 Counties (SLAP-5) work together to protect Seneca Lake. STC was a founding member and continues to assist SLAP-5.

STC staff also serve on the Susquehanna River Basin Commission Water Quality Advisory Committee that addresses water issues throughout the Susquehanna watershed.

STC studied the 27 public water systems supplying drinking water to about 50 communities as part of the Regional Groundwater Protection Program. This research provides a strong foundation for the statewide Source Water Assessment Program Plan. A Program, which provides a yearly “report card” to water users about potential threats to their drinking water.

For the latest on water quality information, problems and solutions in the Chemung River system, see the 2004 Chemung River Basin Waterbody Inventory and Priority Waterbodies List.

FINALLY, be sure to read "Stream Processes: A Guide to Living in Harmony with Streams" written by STC staff and published in 2006 or view the Stream Processes Slide Show.

Water Quality Monitoring Data

Finger Lakes Institute

Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association

Finger Lakes / Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance (FL-LOWPA)

 

Water Resources

NYSARC Water Resource Program

STC watershed basin map

 

Documents




Groundwater Critical Recharge Area Project - Final Report 1985Open File / 11.85 mb
Description: NOTE: This is a large file and may take some time to download.
Dredging: Is it a Good Solution to Flooding Problems?Open File / 196.24 kB
Date: 11/1/2012
Description: Fact sheet about the impact that dredging has on stream and river systems.
Stream Processes: A Guide to Living in Harmony with StreamsOpen File / 65.63 mb
Author: Thigpen, Janet
Description: An illustrated educational booklet that provides a basic understanding of how streams work and the potential impacts of changes to a stream system.
Meads Creek Watershed Strategic Action PlanOpen File / 81.19 mb
Date: 6/29/2007
Author: Thigpen, Janet
Description: A plan that compiles existing information about watershed characteristics, documents ongoing efforts ot implement  improved practices, and recommends future actiivities to address flooding, streambank erosion, and water quality concerns in the Meads Creek Watershed (in Schuyler and Steuben Counties).
Seeley Creek Watershed Strategic PlanOpen File / 4.31 mb
Date: 1/31/2002
Author: Thigpen, Janet
Description:

A plan identifying opportunities for protecting citizens from hazards, improving hydrologic conditions, and protecting existing water quality in the Seeley Creek Watershed of New York and Pennsylvania. 

Recommended Management Practices for Highway OperationsOpen File / 50.39 kB
Date: 4/30/2007
Description: Because roadside drainage systems can have a major impact on local drainage and water quality, the Steuben ahd Schuyler County Water Quality Coordinating Committees developed this handout summarizing recommended management practices.  
Model Drainage LanguageOpen File / 282.78 kB
LID Sampler Open File / 29.56 mb
Author: Fais, Jennifer
Description: Examples of Low Impact Development practices in place in the Upper Susquehanna River Basin counties, with locations, description of installation steps, costs and long-term maintenance needs.
LID - Annotated BibliographyOpen File / 46.43 kB
Description:

A 2004 review of available information on Low Impact Development 

practices in the northeast.

Bibliography of LIDOpen File / 46.43 kB
Description: Low Impact Development Bibliography
NYSARC Statewide Water Resources project SummariesOpen File / 1.12 mb
Description: A compilation of short summaries of recent water resources programs undertaken by regional planning agencies in New York State
Schuyler County Water Resource StrategyOpen File / 1.30 mb
Date: 5/31/2007
Author: Thigpen, Janet
Description: Program strategy for the Schuyler County Water Quality Coordinating Committee; documents water resource concerns (water quality and quantity) and presents a strategy (goals, objectives, and tasks) for addressing the threats and problems.
SUSQUEHANNA-CHEMUNG ACTION PLANOpen File / 4.76 mb
Date: 2/17/2012
Description: Ecosystem-based watershed management plan encompassing the Susquehanna and Chemung Watersheds of New York.  (The full plan is a large file; be patient in downloading.)
Water Quality Strategy for Highway Operations, Schuyler CountyOpen File / 153.57 kB
Date: 1/31/2007
Author: Thigpen, Janet
Description: Strategy developed by the Schuyler County Water Quality Coordinating Committee to promote road maintenance practices that save money while protecting the county's lakes and streams.
Water Quality Strategy for Highway Operations, Steuben CountyOpen File / 210.00 kB
Date: 4/20/2007
Author: Thigpen, Janet
Description: Strategy developed by the Steuben County Water Quality Coordinating Committee to promote road maintenance practices that save money while protecting the county's lakes and streams.
Water Quality Strategy for Steuben CountyOpen File / 4.67 mb
Date: 4/24/2009
Author: Thigpen, Janet
Description: Program strategy for the Steuben County Water Quality Coordinating Committee; documents water quality concerns and presents a strategy (goal, objectives, and tasks) for addressing the threats and problems.
Chemung Basin River Trail: A ReviewOpen File / 17.54 mb
Date: 6/29/2010
Author: Fais, Jennifer
Description: This PowerPoint reviews the history of the Chemung Basin River Trail from its early days in 1997 to 2010.
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