Steuben County Water Quality Coordinating Committee

c/o Steuben County Soil & Water Conservation District    |   415 W. Morris Street, Bath, NY 14810    

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Water Quality News 2017 Newsletter of the Steuben County Water Quality Coordinating Committee


Invasive Species Alert! HYDRILLA
Hydrilla is an aggressive aquatic weed that has been described as "one of the world's worst aquatic invasive plants." It was detected in the Cayuga Lake Inlet in Ithaca in 2011. The risk of hydrilla spreading to other waterbodies in the region is considered to be substantial.

Hydrilla information (New York Invasive Species Clearinghouse)

Hydrilla: An Aggressive Water Weed (Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County)

Press coverage of hydrilla in the Cayuga Inlet

Finger Lakes PRISM (Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management) works to reduce the introduction, spread, and impact of invasive species throughout our region.


Water Quality Coordinating Committee

The Steuben County Water Quality Coordinating Committee was established in 1992 to protect and enhance the quality of surface and groundwater resources in Steuben County. Committee activites include:

  • Educate the public about water quality issues
  • Identify and prioritize water quality problems
  • Establish water quality goals
  • Develop an action plan
  • Implement programs to enhance water quality
  • Seek funding for water quality programs

The Water Quality Coordinating Committee is comprised of a diverse group of people with technical expertise and knowledge, who are committed to promoting improved water quality in Steuben County. Member organizations range from local, regional, state, and federal agencies to lake associations and sportsmenís organizations.

When does the Water Quality Coordinating Committee meet?
The Committee usually meets at 10:00 am on the third Friday of January, April, July, and October at the USDA Service Center in Bath, NY

You can participate.
All Water Quality Coordinating Committee meetings are open to the public and input from citizens is encouraged.


Committee Publications

Water Quality in Steuben County brochure (2012)

Water Quality Strategy for Steuben County: Documents water quality concerns and presents a strategy for addressing the threats and problems (2009)

Resolution of the Steuben County Legislature adopting the Strategy (2009)

2010 Annual Report

2011 Annual Report

Results of 2011 Water Quality Survey

Water Quality Strategy for Highway Operations, Steuben County: Promotes road maintenance practices that save money while protecting the county's lakes and streams (2007)


Watershed Information and Plans

Regional watershed map

Chemung River Watershed (NYSDEC web page)

Chemung Subbasin Survey: A Water Quality and Biological Assessment (Susquehanna River Basin Commission, 2006)

Chemung Subbasin Small Watershed Study: Cohocton River, A Water Quality and Biological Assessment (Susquehanna River Basin Commission, 2007-2008)

Genesee River Watershed (NYSDEC web page)

Keuka Lake Looking Ahead (1996)

Keuka Lake Waterfront Revitalization and Scenic Viewshed Protection Plan (2014)

Keuka Lake Watershed Farmland and Agricultural Protection Plan (2014)

Meads Creek Watershed Strategic Action Plan (2007)

Oswego River/Finger Lakes Watershed (NYSDEC web page)

Smith Pond Lake Plan (Smith Pond Sportsmen's Club, 2010)

Steuben County Water Reports: Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP) Reports based on volunteer sampling by lake associations.

Susquehanna-Chemung Action Plan (2012)

Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for Phosphorus in Lake Salubria (NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, 2009): Remediation plan providing a framework for voluntary measures to improve water quality; recommends extending sanitary sewers to developed areas near the lake.

Small Lakes Mapping: A series of maps showing watershed boundaries, contours, and steep slopes/soils for small lakes in the region. These include Lake Demmon, Loon Lake, Smith Pond, Tanglewood Lake, and Lamoka-Waneta Lakes in Steuben County.


Lake and River Organizations

Friends of the Chemung River Watershed

Keuka Lake Association

Lamoka-Waneta Lakes Association

Southeast Steuben River Vision Project

Sustainable Keuka Lake


Additional Resources

Private Water Well Testing in Areas Impacted by Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling bulletin by the New York State Water Resources Institute

Got A Lake? Online Resources

Reporting Polluting Discharges in Steuben County

Dredging: Is it a Good Solution to Flooding Problems? fact sheet (2012)

Stormwater Green Infrastructure & Planning/Zoning Boards presentation (2012)



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