- Major Streams
- Caring for your Stream
- Stream Management Program
- Catskill Streams Buffer Initiative
- Local Flood Analysis
The Schoharie Watershed Advisory Committee allows for collaboration on watershed efforts that benefit both water quality and the watershed communities. All watershed towns within Greene County have adopted Stream Management Plans and Stream Stewardship Principles, signed Memoranda of Understanding with the Greene County Soil & Water Conservation District and have assigned representatives to the Schoharie Watershed Advisory Committee. For a SWAC brochure click here.
Guided by stream stewardship principles, the Schoharie Watershed Program offers assistance to local communities, residents, and organizations to advance recommendations from Schoharie Basin Stream Management Plans. Stream Management Plans have been written for the Schoharie Creek, West Kill, East Kill, Batavia Kill and Manor Kill. To learn more about what adoption of a stream management plan entails, please click here. We also have a sample of a memorandum of understanding between a town and the Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District to illustrate how a town could move forward with plan implementation. Finally, the SWAC, GCSWCD and NYCDEP utilize an annual action plan to organize their workload and priorities.
Management of natural stream systems often results in the perception of competing or inconsistent goals and objectives. Using sound, science-based principles, stream managers will find it easier to guide their work, and achieve a common ground between landowners, municipalities, regulatory agencies and others that play an important role in the health of our Catskill stream systems. These guiding principles set a common framework upon which stream managers may carry out their important activities (principles with additional text):
* We will work to protect and restore the environmental services provided by our streams and floodplains;
* We will work to protect and restore the health of our stream and floodplain ecosystems;
* Wherever possible, we will manage streams so as to maintain their naturally effective channel form and function;
* Wherever possible, we will manage floodplains as part of the natural stream system;
* Wherever possible, we will protect and restore mature forest in the riparian buffer;
* As we manage streams to protect public safety and investments in infrastructure, our actions in one location shouldn’t compromise the health of the stream upstream or downstream, or threaten the adjacent upland ecosystem through which the stream runs;
* We will strive to keep abreast of the state-of-the-science and best management practices related to streams and floodplains;
* We celebrate the role streams play in the natural heritage of our communities.
Local municipalities, watershed residents and property owners, schools, and not-for-profit organizations that promote watershed programming.
Projects that are located within the Schoharie Basin, fall within a municipality that has adopted the appropriate stream management plan, follow the Stream Stewardship Principles and are consistent with the Stream Management Plans. Projects located in Johnson Hollow, Bear Kill, Huntersfield Creek and the Little West Kill are eligible since stream management plans have yet to be completed in these watershed (See map below).
The first step in the process is to research whether your proposed project fits with the stream stewardship principles outlined above, and is consistent with the recommendations set forth in the relevant stream management plan. If you find that your project is compatible with the SMIP, then contact the Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District to discuss your proposed project: 518-622-3620 or email@example.com. They will assist you with completing the application:
(Please visit the Stream Management Implementation Program page for awards to date)
Recreation and Stream Habitat Improvements: improving public stream access, parking, low impact trails along streams, fisheries and habitat.
Education on Watershed Protection: workshops, newsletters, public meetings, school programs, stream clean ups, volunteer plantings, educational kiosks, outreach materials and training.
Highway and Infrastructure Improvement: upgrade undersized culverts, use of higher quality road abrasives, incorporate vegetation into road embankments, properly manage utility crossing and floodplains.
Planning and Assessment: linking community plans & policies to water quality projects including floodplain management, coordinated flood response, technical assistance, economic development initiatives (e.g., stream celebrations), local environmental policies, and initiatives that encourage county, regional and local level support of watershed communities.
Landowner Stream Assistance: property management erosion prevention plans, access to planting materials to enhance riparian buffers, invasive species control, and land stewardship practices.
Creative Stormwater Practices & Critical Area Seeding: hydroseeding of open ditches, stormwater techniques to infiltrate water into ground, wetland enhancement, filter strips, creation of rain gardens & bioswales to manage stormwater, and projects that involve working proactively with municipalities, property owners, and developers to leverage funding for creative stormwater projects.
Flood Hazard Mitigation: This category was added by the SWAC to assist in the Irene recovery. In 2014, the focus shifted to hydraulic modeling-based flood hazard analysis in population centers. Once the flood analysis is complete for each population center and/or each population center has been given the opportunity to have a flood analysis completed, funds will shift towards implementation of recommended projects.
There are 15 appointed representatives on the SWAC, including a representative from each of the eleven municipalities in the watershed, a highway/infrastructure subcommittee representative, an education/outreach subcommittee representative, a representative from a recreation/habitat subcommittee and a Greene County Legislator. Advisory members include non-profit organizations working in the basin (e.g., Trout Unlimited, Cornell Cooperative Ext. of Greene Co., the Mountaintop foundations, to name a few), regulatory agencies, NYCDEP and County Soil & Water Conservation Districts and Planning Departments. Advisory members are available to assist the Committee as needed, as well as serve as potential project sponsors. The Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District provides the primary staffing for the SWAC. The SWAC meets twice annually and meetings are open to the public.
|Appointed SWAC Representatives|
|Erik Allan||Highway/Infrastructure Subcommittee|
|Judd Weisberg||Recreation/Habitat Subcommittee|
|Elizabeth LoGuidice||Education/Outreach Subcommittee|
|David Kukle||Town of Hunter|
|Raymond Legg||Town of Hunter—Alternate|
|Lynn Byrne||Town of Lexington|
|Beverley Dezan||Town of Lexington—Alternate|
|Eric Dahlberg||Town of Conesville|
|James Lawrence||Town of Ashland|
|Larry Gardner||Greene County Legislator|
|Mike Tancredi||Village of Hunter|
|Allan Higgins||Village of Hunter– Alternate|
|James Hitchcock||Greene County Legislator|
|Leigh McGunnigle||Village of Tannersville|
|Chris Hack||Village of Tannersville – Alternate|
|Mike McCrary||Town of Jewett|
|Nathan Miles||Town of Jewett – Alternate|
|Joseph Farleigh||Town of Roxbury|
|Tom Hynes||Town of Roxbury– Alternate|
|Kory O’Hara||Town of Prattsville|
|Val Riedman||Town of Gilboa|
|Rebecca Wilburn||Town of Gilboa—Alternate|
|Steve Walker||Town of Windham|
|Don Murray||Town of Windham-Alternate|
|April 2015||October 2015|
|March 2014||September 2014||December 2014|
|March 2013||August 2013||December 2013|
|June 2012||October 2012|
|March 2011||June 2011||November 2011|
|March 2010||October 2010|
|February 2009||March 2009||September 2009||Oct 2009|
|May 2008||June 2008||Oct 2008|
Contact Michelle Yost, Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District, Watershed Assistance Program at (518)-589-6871 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or David Burns, NYCDEP at (845)-340-7850 or email@example.com.