Selected Past USC Projects
Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development
Board- has been awarded funds and a 2 year
contract to develop a Susquehanna Chemung Action
Plan: An Ecosystem Based Management Plan for the
Susquehanna and Chemung Basins of New York. This
grant includes funds for monitoring and data collection.
The USC voted to join Chesapeake Bay Coalition and to participate in the Choose Clean Water Campaign. Choose Clean Water, a campaign for the Chesapeake and all of its waters, will seek federal leadership to improve water quality in the hundreds of streams and rivers that flow into the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Coalition and the members of its non-profit organizations will work with both the federal government and local communities of the 53 members of Congress that represent the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA) was started by 2 teachers to provide a program to students teaching hands on analysis of streams. The program focuses on middle school students monitoring chemistry, biology, and flow components of streams within walking distance of schools. The program spreads interest and capabilities of water quality monitoring. IWLA would like to expand programmatically and geographically to partner with the Upper Susquehanna Coalition and start monitoring before, during, and after a restoration effort in USC projects.
In October 2012 the USC and many partners helped host a Northeast Wetland Restoration Institute (NEWRI) in Tully, New York.. The week-long training introducted participants to wetland restoration techniques, methods of identifying suitable restoration sites, visited ongoing and completed restoration project, toured the National Drain Tile Museum, and culminated in the construction of two vernal pools and the restoration of a failed amphibian habitat. Pictures from the workshop are posted here, and additional workshop information is available on The Wetland Trust's website.
The USC Wetland Team cooperated with Tom Biebighauser of the U.S. Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy on a vernal pool restoration training session at Kings Gap State Park in Carlisle, P.A. in August 2010. Visit this link to view
The USC received a Green Innovation Grant from the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (NYSEFC) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The grant is for $736,000 and titled ‘Wetland Restoration in the NY Susquehanna River Basin' and will create 200 acres of wetlands by January 1, 2012.
The USC received a Wetland Development Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This project will strengthen the protection aspects of the Upper Susquehanna Coalition's Wetland Program by developing a basin-wide mitigation component. We will also study wetlands at risk to better understand their functionality for incorporation into restoration and protection projects. The USC will write a briefing paper on the status of wetlands in the Headwaters of the Susquehanna River; create a wetland banking and in-lieu fee instrument; research how to develop wetland banks and develop criteria for protecting vulnerable wetlands through restoration and protection strategies.
These strategies will include model codes for local planning agencies that include wetland protection and regulation measures that include a mitigation component and outreach to municipalities. USC will develop a catalogue of 25 potential wetland restoration sites that could be used for banking and also 20 "educational sites" for training municipal officials on how wetlands degrade. All aspects of this project will be a subject for college coursework or studies at either SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry or Binghamton University, as well as support NYS Department of Environmental Conservation's Susquehanna/Chemung Action Plan and the NY Strategy to meet Chesapeake Bay nutrient and sediment loads.
|EPA Watershed Initiative
This grant has many components that allow the USC to address its Multiple Barrier Approach (MBA) to watershed planning. The projects include:
|Stream Restoration through natural stream design
|Unpaved Road and Road Ditch improvement
||Riparian Buffers initiative
|College Internship/ Research program
||Expansion of GIS program
|Building Local Stormwater Coalitions
This pfd describes the seven projects in more detail
The Upper Susquehanna Coalition was one of 20 watersheds selected from the field of 176 proposals to receive this grant. Contact: James Curatolo past USC Watershed Coordinator for more information.
The Upper Susquehanna Coalition has recently completed an up to date list of all WRAPS progress . Contact: James Curatolo