Susquehanna-Chemung Action Plan -- Outdoor Recreation
An Ecosystem-Based Watershed Management Plan
Susquehanna and Chemung Basins of New York
Water connects us all...
Connect people to nature.
- Enhance opportunities for watershed residents, children, and tourists to enjoy the region's rivers, lakes, and wetlands by protecting scenic vistas, revitalizing waterfronts, promoting outdoor recreation, and providing additional opportunities for water-based recreation.
EXISTING PLANS & DATA:
- Chemung Basin River Trail - River Trail Assessment & Comprehensive Master Plan (2008): Building on a 2004 community visioning project, six Chemung County municipalities and community members developed a Master Plan that includes designs related to recreation and tourism, river access, historic and cultural ties, economic development and local and regional identity.
- Southeast Steuben River Vision Project: Six municipalities located along the Chemung River in Steuben County are identifying existing river-related trails and facilities, historic sites and tourist destinations and recommending new trails and facilities to complete a trail system that interconnects with that identified in the Chemung River Trail Master Plan (Chemung County).
- Susquehanna Heritage Area (Broome and Tioga Counties) - Management Plan Update (2009); Executive Summary: Two-county strategy for developing a New York State Heritage Area program that links historic, cultural, agritourism, and recreational resources.
- Binghamton Metropolitan Area. Plans developed by the Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study(BMTS) Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee include:
- Binghamton Metropolitan Greenway Study: Master plans, design guidelines and implementation strategies for riverbank trail development.
- Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan
- Route 434 Greenway Project: Plan to accommodate pedestrians and bicycles for both recreational and commuting purposes.
- Elmira-Chemung Transportation Council (ECTC) Long Range Plan includes recommendations for meeting infrastructure needs of walkers and cyclists, including proposed multi-use trails.
- Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council (ITCTC) studies and maps include:
- Multi-Use Trails Map of Tompkins County
- Tompkins County Bicycle Suitability Map
- Tompkins County Pedestrian Facilities Inventory Data Report
- Transportation Trail/Corridor Study - Identifies corridors with the highest potential for use as a countywide trail system.
- Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP):
- City of Binghamton: LWRP Plan; River Trails Commission
- Southeast Steuben County: Southeast Steuben River Vision
- Tioughnioga River Trail (Cortland County)
- Southern Tier 4-Rivers Commerce & Recreation Initiative (4-R): A consortium of Broome County municipalities that border the Chenango, Delaware, Susquehanna, and Tioughnioga Rivers is developing a list of potential projects for an LWRP Plan (under development)
- Region 7 Recreation Master Plan for State Forests by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation addresses recreational opportunities provided by state forest land in Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Tompkins, and Tioga Counties.
- NYS Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) includes descriptions of all recreational resources in the state and use trend analysis.
- NYS Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan (by the NYS Department of Transportation). Related DOT sites include Bicycling in New York State and Pedestrian Information.
- New York State Open Space Conservation Plan includes the goal "To provide accessible, quality outdoor recreation and open space to all New Yorkers" and recommends actions for:
- Connecting our Children with Nature
- Community Greening for Environmental Justice
- Building Community Gardens & Urban Farms
- Ensuring Accessible Recreation
- A list of the Priority Conservation Projects in the Susquehanna-Chemung Watershed is on the Action Plan Land Use page.
- New York State DEC State Lands Interactive Mapper: Online map of trails and state land.
- New York State DEC Geodata Map Viewer: Interactive mapping tool for accessing NYSDEC server, which contains data about water resources, wildlife, and recreation.
"When we walk, we naturally go to the fields and woods:
What would become of us
if we walked only in a garden or mall?"
- Henry David Thoreau