Susquehanna-Chemung Action Plan -- Water Quality and Quantity
An Ecosystem-Based Watershed Management Plan
Susquehanna and Chemung Basins of New York
Water connects us all...
Keep the water clean and plentiful - it's priceless.
- Protect and enhance local water quality, protect drinking water, and reduce pollution loads to the Chesapeake Bay by reducing the release of toxic substances, nutrients, and other pollutants.
- Promote groundwater recharge and water conservation.
EXISTING PLANS & DATA:
- NYS Watershed Protection and Restoration Action Strategy (WRAPS) for the Susquehanna and Chemung River Basins (2001)
- NYS Waterbody Inventory / Priority Waterbodies List (WI/PWL) includes an overall assessment of water quality as well as a list of "priority waterbodies" that are impaired or threatened:
- Chesapeake Bay TMDL: The US Environmental Protection Agency is developing a strict "pollution diet" for the Chesapeake Bay that will establish limits for nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment pollution from New York and other watershed states. The states are developing Watershed Implementation Plans specifying how those limits will be achieved.
- TMDL for Phosphorus in Lake Salubria
- Northeast Regional Mercury TMDL
- Broome County: Beaver Lake. Deer Lake. Oquaga Lake.
- Cortland County: Little York Lake. Melody Lake. Song Lake.
- Madison County: Cazenovia Lake. Eatonbrook Reservoir. Gorton Lake. Lake Moraine. Madison Lake. DeRuyter Reservoir. Tuscarora Lake.
- Steuben County: Lake Salubria. Loon Lake. Smith Pond.
- Chemung Subbasin Survey (2006 data)
- Chemung Subbasin Small Watershed Study: Cohocton River (2007 data)
- Upper Susquehanna Subbasin Survey (2007 data)
- Upper Susquehanna Subbasin Small Watershed Study: Watersheds Surrounding Whitney Point Lake (2008 data)
- Assessment of Interstate Streams (ongoing since 1985)
- Chesapeake Bay Program Sediment and Nutrient Monitoring (includes 5 stations in NY; yearly reports)
- Large River Assessment (ongoing since 2002)
- Remote Monitoring Network (real-time data; targeting areas where drilling in the Marcellus Shale is most active)
- Early Warning System for Binghamton and Elmira public water supplies: Continuous monitoring of key parameters upstream of water intakes (project information sheet)
"Boundaries don't protect rivers, people do."