Regional Water Quality

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Regional Water Quality

Regional Water Quality

County Water Quality Committees

Lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands are treasured assets for the STC region. Three County Water Quality Committees meet regularly to protect and improve of these valuable water resources:

Regional Water Quality
New York Portion of the Susquehanna River Basin

Chemung County Water Quality Strategy Committee

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Schuyler County Water Quality Coordinating Committee

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Steuben County Water Quality Coordinating Committee

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Watershed Planning

The health of streams, rivers, lakes, and wetlands is tied to the health of the land surfaces from which the water drains. The land area that drains into a waterbody is called it’s watershed and watershed planning is a comprehensive approach for addressing the full range of factors that could affect a body of water. Working with the County Water Quality Coordinating Committees and other partners, STC has led or participated in watershed planning for Keuka Lake, Seneca Lake, the Susquehanna-Chemung Watershed, and other watersheds.

Watershed plans and documents

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Online mapping resources

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Online Mappers for Natural Features

Handout with links to additional online maps with natural feature information for central and western New York.
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Although the Chesapeake Bay is located many miles from New York’s Southern Tier, water from much of the region drains toward the Susquehanna River and eventually into the Bay. New York State participates in efforts to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay and STC partners with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to implement practices that help to improve water quality locally, as well as downstream.

Chesapeake Bay Watershed Program

(NYSDEC webpage)
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Drinking Water Source Protection

Protecting drinking water is a high priority and STC is working with state agencies to implement the Drinking Water Source Protection Program (DWSP2).
A DWSP2 Framework is available to help municipalities develop and implement plans for public water supplies that protect public health and avoid preventable drinking water treatment costs.

NYS Drinking Water Source Protection Program

(NYSDEC webpage)
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Final Report of the Central Southern Tier Groundwater Critical Recharge Area Project (1985)

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Streams and Rivers

Streams and rivers are valuable assets to the rural and developed landscapes through with they pass. However, streams are active systems that respond to disturbances and land use changes. This poses management challenges as we strive to reduce the potential for damage from erosion and flooding—and live in harmony with streams.

Stream Processes

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Lakes and Wetlands

The STC region is blessed with two Finger Lakes–Keuka and Seneca—and many smaller lakes and
wetlands. In addition to risks of water pollution, these waterbodies are threatened by invasive species that disrupt native ecosystems and harmful algal blooms that pose health risks.

Lake-Friendly Living for Homeowners

Keuka Lake Association
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Got A Lake? Online Resources

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Small Lakes Mapping

Small lakes are very sensitive to land disturbance because their watersheds are generally small and the impacts can be felt relatively quickly. STC created a series of maps for many of the region’s small lakes that show watershed boundaries, contours and areas of steep slopes.
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Recreation

Water-based recreation enhances the health and quality of life for residents and supports the region’s vibrant tourist economy. In addition to providing opportunities to connect with nature, recreational facilities typically have less impact on water quality and lower vulnerability to flood damage than other uses.

Outdoor Recreation

Section 10 of Susquehanna-Chemung Action Plan (2012)
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Chemung River Friends

Non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting recreational use of the Chemung River and it’s tributaries, the Canisteo, Cohocton, Cowanesque, and Tioga Rivers.
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Chemung Basin River Trail: A Review

Presentation, 2010
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Additional Resources

Water Quality and Quantity

Section 1 of Susquehanna-Chemung Action Plan (2012)
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Recommended Management Practices for Highway Operations

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Managing Your On-site Wastewater Treatment System

(SLAP-5 brochure)
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The Scoop about Pet Poop

(SLAP-5 brochure)
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Water Conservation in Your Home Protects the Wastewater System in Your Yard

(SLAP-5 brochure)
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Stormwater Management

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Flood Mitigation

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