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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.
USC PROGRAM TEAMS
USC AG TEAM
The USC Ag Team consists of SWCD technical staff from multiple counties working together to support and assist agricultural operations within the coalition. Technical assistance includes documenting farm statistics and Best Management Practices (BMPs), developing watershed and site-specific agricultural plans, and implementing and evaluating practices. Technical assistance often begins with enrolling farms in the Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) Program, which acts as a planning tool to identify resource concerns within the farm operation. Please contact Emily Dekar for more information.
USC BUFFER TEAM
The USC Buffer Program is aimed at increasing the implementation of riparian buffers and prescribed grazing through conventional and innovative programs. Contact our Buffer Coordinator Lydia Brinkley for more information.
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 partners can contact the Team Leader, Mike Lovegreen.
With new wetland restoration funding for work throughout the USC watershed, we are developing updated site selection protocol. Contact the Wetland Team with information on potential wetland restoration sites.
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, construct vernal pools, promote vernal pool research, and generally expand wetland awareness and protection throughout the watershed. To view new resources visit our wetland resources page here.
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.