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The Upper Susquehanna Coalition is a network of 17 Soil and Water Conservation Districts in New York and 4 Conservation Districts in Pennsylvania. Our mission is to protect and improve water quality and natural resources in the Upper Susquehanna River Basin with the involvement of citizens and agencies through education, partnerships, planning, implementation and advocating for our water resources.


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Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2017 Upper Susquehanna Watershed Forum. With nearly 200 attendees, 36 speakers, and a series of dedicated organizations and individuals working together to make it happen it was quite an event. Visit our Forum page for conference presentations.

USC Ag Team

The USC has developed Basin Wide Grazing Initiative that promotes prescribed grazing techniques, cow exclusion form streams and riparian buffers. Two Grazing Specialist have been hired and they have begun coordinating several grants that will provide resources of grazing project spread through the USC. A grazing request form was developed to track potential project sites. Interested grazers can contact Wendy Walsh for more information.

USC Stream Team

The USC Stream Team, comprised of stream professionals from several member counties, is  leading the way to rehabilitate streams in the watershed.  Their rigorous technical approach will ensure a high quality restoration product.  Members can suggest potential stream restoration projects using this form and interested readers can contact the Team Leader, Mike Lovegreen.

USC Wetland Program

USC staff and partners continue to develop quailty wetland resources, implement off-site mitigation projects, review projects for the Susquehanna River In-Lieu Fee Program, monitor vernal pools and promote vernal pool research, and generally expand wetland awareness and protection throughout the watershed. To view new resources visit our wetland resources page here.

USC GIS Program

Our GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Program is designed to support and enhance our natural resource projects. High quality topographic, aerial imagery, and site-by-site data promote our watershed modeling and tracking efforts. We are constantly expanding and improving our data resources and capabilities so please contact Chris Yearick, our GIS Specialist for more information.

The USC Cover Crop Initiative to Bring Answers to Producer’s Questions in the New York

The USC was recently awarded Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG).  The goal of this project is to stimulate the utilization of cover crops in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed to assist with basin-wide nutrient and sediment reduction goals.  Click here for more information on the project.


New Project: NYS CFA Wetland Construction and Floodplain Enhancement
The Upper Susquehanna Coalition (USC) of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, through Tioga County SWCD, received a NYS  CFA grant for the Southern Tier to construct 120 acres of wetland complexes and remove 48,000 feet of streamside berms to reconnect the streams to their floodplains... visit our Projects page for more information.

View a powerpoint (.ppt file 3.4 Mb) of a new Farm Service Agency (FSA) conservation program - CP 39 below, or click here for a brochure on completed projects.

CP 39 Powerpoint


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Upper Susquehanna Coalition
Main Office: 183 Corporate Drive - Owego, NY 13827 - (607) 687-3553
Coordinator: Wendy Walsh - 183 Corporate Drive - Owego, NY 13827 - (607) 687-3553