What is the Stream Management Implementation Program?
Guided by stream stewardship principles, the Schoharie Watershed Program offers assistance to local communities, residents, and organizations to advance recommendations from Schoharie Basin Stream Management Plans. Stream Management Plans have been written for the Schoharie Creek, West Kill, East Kill, Batavia Kill, and Manor Kill. This collaborative program between GCSWCD, NYCDEP, and the Schoharie Watershed municipalities offers funding for eligible projects through the Stream Management Implementation Program.
Who is eligible for assistance from the Stream Management Implementation Program?
Local municipalities, watershed residents and property owners, schools, and not-for-profit organizations that promote watershed programming are eligible for assistance.
What projects are eligible?
Projects that are located within the Schoharie Basin, fall within a municipality that has adopted the appropriate stream management plan, follow the Stream Stewardship Principles and are consistent with the Stream Management Plans are eligible projects. Projects located in Johnson Hollow, Bear Kill, Huntersfield Creek and the Little West Kill are eligible since stream management plans have yet to be completed in these watershed areas (See map below). Other eligibility factors include the proposed project’s consistency with principles set forth in stream management plans, the cost and water quality benefit, and ability to leverage additional funding.
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Categories of Funding and Examples:
- Landowner Stream Assistance Projects: property management erosion prevention plans, access to planting materials to enhance riparian buffers, invasive species control, and land stewardship practices.
- Education & Outreach on Watershed Protection through public conferences, training for local officials, contractors, school groups, property owners, newsletters, stream clean ups, volunteer plantings, and resource material.
- Recreational & Stream Habitat Improvements: enhancing public access to streams, creating low impact trails, providing stream access parking, protecting habitat for trout (e.g. targeted riparian plantings, water quality studies).
- Creative Stormwater Practices & Critical Area Seeding: hydroseeding of open ditches, stormwater techniques to infiltrate water into ground, wetland enhancement, filter strips, creation of rain gardens & bioswales to manage stormwater, projects that involve working proactively with municipalities, property owners, and developers to leverage funding for creative stormwater projects.
- Highway & Infrastructure Improvements: upgrading undersized culverts, using higher quality road abrasives, incorporating vegetation into road embankments, properly managing utility crossing and floodplains. Examples might include cost sharing with municipalities for higher quality road abrasive and ditch management material, technical assistance for highway departments with permitting.
- Flood Hazard Mitigation: design and construction of the following - alterations of existing infrastructure to reduce water velocities, flow paths and/or elevations; projects that positively address hydraulic constrictions; floodplain restoration and reconnection projects; restoration of stream channel dimensions to improve long-term stability.
The Schoharie Watershed Advisory Committee is a 15 member committee that votes on proposed grants through the SMIP, and decides what applications receive funding. The SWAC is a forum for municipalities, agencies and non-profits to work collaboratively on watershed efforts that benefit both water quality and the watershed communities.
All watershed towns within Greene County have adopted Stream Management Plans and Stream Stewardship Principles, signed Memoranda of Understanding with Greene County Soil & Water Conservation District and have assigned representatives to the Schoharie Watershed Advisory Committee. The SWAC meets approximately every 2 months.