Susquehanna-Chemung Action Plan -- Streams and Rivers
An Ecosystem-Based Watershed Management Plan
Susquehanna and Chemung Basins of New York
Water connects us all...
Live in harmony with streams.
- Conserve, protect, and enhance stream and river systems so that the channels and floodplains provide beneficial functions for habitat, flood damage prevention, and water quality.
- Maintain and restore the connections between streams and their floodplains.
- Use science-based practices when stream systems are disturbed by roads, bridges, pipelines, post-flood stream work, or other projects.
EXISTING PLANS & DATA:
- Upper Susquehanna Coalition Stream Team: This program provides a consistent approach to assessing stream problems and implementing appropriate Stream Corridor Rehabilitation projects.
- County stream programs:
- Local stream protection laws:
- Town of Elmira stream dumping law
- Town of Horseheads stream dumping law
- Town of Erwin Stream Corridor Overlay District
- U.S.Geological Survey (USGS) Water Data: Real-time streamflows, statistics, and other information associated with USGS stream and river gauges.
- New York State Open Space Conservation Plan includes recommended actions for establishing riparian buffers.
By allowing a stream to utilize its floodplain and its tendency to meander as much as practical, we can effectively reduce many of the flooding and erosion problems associated with streams.