Steuben County Water Quality Coordinating Committee
Hydrilla is an aggressive aquatic weed that has been described as "one of the world's worst aquatic invasive plants." It was detected in the Cayuga Lake Inlet in Ithaca in 2011. The risk of hydrilla spreading to other waterbodies in the region is considered to be substantial.
Hydrilla information (New York Invasive Species Clearinghouse)
Hydrilla: An Aggressive Water Weed (Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County)
Finger Lakes PRISM (Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management) works to reduce the introduction, spread, and impact of invasive species throughout our region.
Water Quality Coordinating Committee
The Steuben County Water Quality Coordinating Committee was established in 1992 to protect and enhance the quality of surface and groundwater resources in Steuben County. Committee activites include:
Educate the public about water quality issues
- Identify and prioritize water quality problems
Establish water quality goals
Develop an action plan
Implement programs to enhance water quality
Seek funding for water quality programs
The Water Quality Coordinating Committee is comprised of a diverse group of people with technical expertise and knowledge, who are committed to promoting improved water quality in Steuben County. Member organizations range from local, regional, state, and federal agencies to lake associations and sportsmenís organizations.
When does the Water Quality Coordinating Committee
The Committee usually meets at 10:00 am on the third Friday of January, April, July, and October at the USDA Service Center in Bath, NY.
You can participate.
All Water Quality Coordinating Committee meetings are open to the public and input from citizens is encouraged.
Water Quality in Steuben County brochure (2012)
Water Quality Strategy for Steuben County: Documents water quality concerns and presents a strategy for addressing the threats and problems (2009)
Water Quality Strategy for Highway Operations, Steuben County: Promotes road maintenance practices that save money while protecting the county's lakes and streams (2007)
Watershed Information and Plans
Chemung River Watershed (NYSDEC web page)
Chemung Subbasin Survey: A Water Quality and Biological Assessment (Susquehanna River Basin Commission, 2006)
Chemung Subbasin Small Watershed Study: Cohocton River, A Water Quality and Biological Assessment (Susquehanna River Basin Commission, 2007-2008)
Genesee River Watershed (NYSDEC web page)
Keuka Lake Looking Ahead (1996)
Oswego River/Finger Lakes Watershed (NYSDEC web page)
Smith Pond Lake Plan (Smith Pond Sportsmen's Club, 2010)
Steuben County Water Reports: Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP) Reports based on volunteer sampling by lake associations.
Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for Phosphorus in Lake Salubria (NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, 2009): Remediation plan providing a framework for voluntary measures to improve water quality; recommends extending sanitary sewers to developed areas near the lake.
Small Lakes Mapping: A series of maps showing watershed boundaries, contours, and steep slopes/soils for small lakes in the region. These include Lake Demmon, Loon Lake, Smith Pond, Tanglewood Lake, and Lamoka-Waneta Lakes in Steuben County.
Lake and River Organizations
Dredging: Is it a Good Solution to Flooding Problems? fact sheet (2012)
Private Water Well Testing in Areas Impacted by Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling bulletin by the New York State Water Resources Institute
Stormwater Green Infrastructure & Planning/Zoning Boards presentation (2012)