Susquehanna-Chemung Action Plan -- Education and Research
An Ecosystem-Based Watershed Management Plan
Susquehanna and Chemung Basins of New York
Water connects us all...
Cultivate a watershed ethic.
- Provide decision-makers, youth, and the public with an improved understanding of interconnected natural systems and strategies for building environmentally and economically sustainable communities.
- Support scientific research that facilitates "ecosystem-based management" of water resources in the Chemung and Susquehanna Watersheds.
- Outdoor Education Centers:
- NYS Water Resources Institute provides scientific support to improve the management of water resources by increasing awareness of emerging issues and developing new water management technologies and policies.
- Binghamton University Center for Integrated Watershed Studies serves as a source of expertise on natural features of watersheds and human effects on watersheds. Activities range from field data collection for scholarly research to policy analysis and education.
- Biological Field Station at Cooperstown is located on Otsego Lake, where it provides a laboratory facility for research activities in both aquatic and terrestrial habitats. It is a facility of the State University College at Oneonta, which offers a degree in Water Resources (one of the few such programs in the entire nation).
- SUNY Cortland has recently developed a concentration in Water Resources.
- Alfred University: Environmental Studies Program. Center for Environmental and Energy Research.
- Susquehanna River Basin Hydrologic Observing System (SRBHOS): Multi-agency research effort examining how humans and climate impact the sustainability of water resources in large river basins. Proposed watershed research sites (testbeds) include:
- US Geological Survey New York Water Science Center
- Cornell Cooperative Extension delivers research knowledge to local communities through a variety of educational programs at each county office.
- Conservation Field Days provide a day of outdoor education for 6th grade students in most counties.
- Envirothon is a hands-on environtmental education competition for high school students.
- I FISH NY is a fishing education program developed by the Department of Environmental Conservation.
- Upper Susquehanna Watershed Project involves high school students in anlyzing water quality and monitoring stream flows. Results were compled by a SUNY Oneonta graduate student: The Upper Susquehanna Watershed Project; A Fusion of Science and Pedagogy (2006).
- Sidney High School's Flood Monitoring Program
- Chesapeake Bay Foundation education programs include field investigations, teacher professional development, teacher resources, student leadership, and a Student Action Network.
- The Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience initiative promotes hands-on environmental education in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The goal is for each student in the watershed to have a valuable watershed experience before graduating from high school. Successful activities are investigative or experimental projects that engage students in thinking critically about the watershed. A Guide to Creating Meaningful Watershed Experiences provides information and resources for educators.
- New York State Open Space Conservation Plan includes the goal "To provide places for education and research relating to ecological, environmental and cultural resources" and recommends actions for improving environmental education ("Connecting our Children with Nature").
- Executive Order 13508 Strategy for Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed includes recommended actions for achieving objectives to: "Expand Citizen Stewardship" and "Strengthen Science."
Water connects us all:
Water moves through living and nonliving systems
and binds them together in a complex web of life.