Susquehanna-Chemung Action Plan -- Plants and Wildlife
An Ecosystem-Based Watershed Management Plan
Susquehanna and Chemung Basins of New York
Water connects us all...
Preserve the rich diversity of plant and animal life.
- Create, protect, and restore high quality lake, stream, and wetland habitats.
- Maintain the integrity of native ecosystems by protecting rare plants and animals, controlling invasive species, and protecting large blocks of dominant plant communities.
EXISTING PLANS & DATA:
- NYS Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy: Susquehanna Basin Chapter. Susquehanna Tables. Susquehanna Map.
- "Final Report of the New York State Invasive Species Task Force" (2005) includes a recommendation to build and fund Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM):
- "A Strategy for Removing or Mitigating Dams in New York State and Lessons Learned in the Upper Susquehanna Watershed," US Fish and Wildlife Service (2008)
- Upper Susquehanna Coalition Wetlands Program: The Upper Susquehanna Coalition has become a wetlands champion for the watershed, with a Wetlands Program that includes: restoration, construction, conservation, protection, and research. It includes a Vernal Pool Program that focuses on small ephemeral wetlands.
- County Plans and Natural Resource Inventories:
- Tompkins County Conservation Plan: A Strategic Approach to Natural Resource Stewardship. Site also links to a Natural Resources Inventory and a Unique Natural Areas Inventory.
- Broome County Natural Areas Inventory: Developed by a Binghamton University student and the Environmental Management Council.
- NYS Wildlife Management Areas:
- Audubon Important Bird Areas:
- Cannonsville / Steam Mill Area (Broome, Chenango, and Delaware Counties)
- Connecticut Hill Area (Schuyler and Tompkins Counties)
- Long Pond State Forest (Chenango County)
- Pharsalia Woods (Chenango County)
- Tioughnioga River / Whitney Point Reservoir (Broome and Cortland Counties)
- Widger Hill (Steuben County)
- Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) aquatic resource monitoring:
- Whitney Point Adaptive Management Plan: Presentation describes the assessment of chemical and biological conditions of Whitney Point Lake and the surrounding watershed. Annual monitoring enables adaptive management of the Whitney Point Water Storage and Environmenatal Restoration Project, which provides flow augmentation during low flow conditions.
- Ecological Flow Study (information sheet): Ongoing study to assess aquatic ecosystem needs during low flow conditions and establish ecologically based goals and standards for low flow management.
- SRBC Comprehensive Plan (2008): Identifies water resource needs in the basin, including those associated with ecosystems, invasive species, and migratory fish restoration.
"Our task must be to free ourselves
by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures
and the whole of nature in its beauty."
- Albert Einstein