NYSFOLA/DEC Watershed Mgt Primer

 

A Primer for Developing a Successful Watershed Management System  (Click on title to see primer pdf). This Primer was created as part of a pilot program. 

There has been a rebirth in the last ten years of using “watersheds” as the basis for making environmental management decisions with stronger local public involvement. In 1996 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) began testing a program model that would allow watershed management programs to be developed quickly with limited funds using New York State Federation of Lake Associations (NYSFOLA) lake associations as the core organizing groups.

Four lakes ultimately became NYSFOLA cooperative test projects with NYSDEC funding. Two other lakes received separate NYSDEC and/or other agency funding and independently used the NYSDEC program model.

Even allowing for the differing sizes of the lakes and for the differing kinds of lake and town interaction, the NYSFOLA Oversight Committee is reporting relatively good success for the Pilot Program. The initial two-year management plan development program was extended to five years. Five of the six lakes have State of the Lake Reports completed. Three have Management Plans in place and two more Plans are imminent. A final survey from the Committee identified several issues critical to success as well as several challenges and problems in the projects.

 

 

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Lake News JUL 26th

Columbia-Greene Lakes Coalition Meeting

Hudson Valley area lake associations don't miss the annual Columbia-Greene Lakes Association Meeting.  Special thanks to NYSFOLA Board member Terri Mayhew, Cornell Cooperative Extension in Columbia & Greene Counties, for organizing this once again.

"Surveys, Drones, and Action Thresholds" - Brad Bowers, SOLitude Lake Management

"Moving Beyond Invasive Species Week" - Kristopher Williams, CAP-MO PRISM

NYSFOLA Reports

Lake Roundtable updates

Light breakfast fare and lunch will be provided

Where:  Sleepy Hollow Lake Lodge 102 Lisa Lane, Athens, NY

When:  Friday August 24th

Time:  9:30AM to 2:00PM

RSVP:  Theresa Mayhew tcm5@cornell.edu by August 21

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