Catskill Streams Buffer Initiative

Catskill Streams Buffer Initiative Goal

The overall goal of the CSBI is to inform and assist landowners in better stewardship of their riparian (streamside) area through protection, enhancement, management, or restoration. DEP and its partners (County Soil & Water Conservation Districts and Cornell Cooperative Extension) will assist private, riparian landowners throughout the West of Hudson Watershed by providing:

1) Riparian Corridor Management Plans to create awareness about riparian management issues specific to individual properties

2) Best management practice design and/or prescriptive measures and installation to encourage positive riparian stewardship and

3) Educational materials and activities as needed by landowners to understand the critical role of their buffer and how to maintain it in optimal functioning condition.

Click Here for program guidelines

Click Here for CSBI application materials - this is the information you need to apply for Catskill Streams Buffer Initiative assistance.

Catskill Streams Buffer Initiative Partners

The CSBI is led by a core team of six CSBI Coordinators (Coordinators)– five working from County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) offices in the West of Hudson Watershed, and led by one overall program manager from DEP in Kingston, New York. The CSBI is a functional unit of the DEP Stream Management Program (SMP), and as such the six Coordinators will be supported by technical teams established through the SMP at each SWCD as part of their contracts to implement stream management plans. Please contact your local CSBI Coordinator to discuss your riparian project:

Schoharie Basin CSBI Coordinator

Laura Weyeneth, GCSWCD

907 County Office Building

Cairo, NY 12413

Phone:  518-622-3620


Ashokan Basin CSBI Coordinator

Adam Doan, UCSWCD

6375 Hwy 28

Phoenicia, NY 12464

Phone:  845-688-3047


Manor Kill (Schoharie Cty) CSBI Coordinator

Peter M. Nichols, SCSWCD

173 South Grand Street
Cobleskill, NY 12043

Phone:  518 234-4092


West and East Branch, Delaware Basin CSBI Coordinator

Catherine H. Skalda, DCSWCD

44 West Street, Suite 1

Walton, NY 13856

Phone:  607-865-5223


Rondout Basin CSBI Coordinator

64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd
Liberty, NY 12754
Phone:  845-292-6552 x101

NYCDEP, CSBI Program Coordinator

Jennifer Grieser, NYCDEP

71 Smith Ave

Kingston, NY 12401

Phone:  845-340-7852



Background Resources and Educational Materials on Riparian Buffers - Click here


For more information, e-mail info@catskillstreams.org · Jenn Grieser, Public Liaison, Riparian Buffer Working Group
71 Smith Ave., Kingston, NY 12401 · phone: (845) 340-7852· fax: (845) 338-1296

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