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 SEP 5th

23rd Western Regional Conference October 21, 2917

Join us on Silver Lake in Wyoming County.  The gathering includes a buffet style lunch and great talks.  We will have online registration starting in early September so stay tuned to our website and facebook page.  For more information, please contact Donald Cook - decook007@rochester.rr.com. The deadline for registration will be Oct 12th, 2017.

Program:

1. Panel Discussion - Faculty and staff  from SUNY Geneseo, SUNY Brockport, the University of  Buffalo, and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) will discuss ways that lake associations can use college programs and expertise  more effectively.

2. Dr. Joseph Atkinson, Chair , Department of Environmental Engineering, University of Buffalo will talk about ongoing research on harmful algal blooms in Sodus Bay, Lake Ontario.

3. Doug Conroe, Chautauqua Lake Association, talks about collaborative efforts with academic institutions..

4. Meg Wilkinson, Invasive Species Database Program Coordinator, NY Natural Heritage Program, shows how to use the IMAP Invasive System smartphone app. Assisting her in the “show and tell “ program will be students from  the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) and the RIT. 

 

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