About the Schoharie Watershed Advisory Committee
Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District and NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are working with eleven Schoharie watershed municipalities across three counties to implement recommendations in adopted Stream Management Plans. The Schoharie Watershed Advisory Committee (SWAC) was formed to assist in the Stream Management Implementation Program with project identification and decision-making.
This basin-wide advisory committee evolved from smaller project advisory committees that were created to provide input in the development of individual stream management plans including the Batavia Kill, West Kill, East Kill, Manor Kill, and Schoharie Creek plans.
The SWAC focuses on utilizing annual action plans to prioritize and implement recommendations in adopted stream management plans, and continues the collaborative watershed planning efforts initiated by the Greene County Watershed Assistance Program with other projects. The Committee assists with reviewing and approving projects for funding and provides input into annual action plan updates. Currently, the 2018-2020 Action Plan is serving as a guide to prioritize projects for implementation that are important to the local communities, watershed managers and agencies working in the basin.
|James Lawrence||Town of Ashland|
|Eric Dahlberg||Town of Conesville|
|Bill Federice||Town of Conesville (Alternate)|
|Rebecca Wilburn||Town of Gilboa|
|Val Riedman||Town of Gilboa (Alternate)|
|David Kukle||Town of Hunter|
|Sean Mahoney||Town of Hunter (Alternate)|
|Benjamin Sommers||Village of Hunter|
|Alan Higgins||Village of Hunter (Alternate)|
|Mike McCrary||Town of Jewett|
|Jim Pellitteri||Town of Jewett (Alternate)|
|Lynn Byrne||Town of Lexington|
|Beverly Dezan||Town of Lexington (Alternate)|
|Christine Owad||Town of Prattsville|
|Edward Raeder||Town of Roxbury|
|George Bain Jr.||Village of Tannersville|
|Bob Janiszewski||Village of Tannersville (Alternate)|
|Steve Walker||Town of Windham|
|Wayne VanValin||Town of Windham (Alternate)|
|Erik Allan||Highway & Infrastructure Subcommittee|
|Connor Young||Education & Outreach Subcommittee|
|Judd Weisberg||Habitat & Recreation Subcommittee|
|Ron Urban||Habitat & Recreation Subcommittee (Alternate)|
|Larry Gardner||Greene County Legislator|
|Jim Thorington||Greene County Legislator|
The fifteen member Advisory Committee is comprised of municipal representatives from each of the eleven basin communities, a highway/infrastructure subcommittee representative, an education/outreach subcommittee representative, a representative from a recreation/habitat subcommittee and a Greene County Legislator. The make-up of the Committee is designed to represent the diversity of potential projects, as well as promote local officials' involvement in the decision-making process.
Agency and Technical Support
In addition to the SWAC, there are advisory members comprised of technical and agency staff who are available to assist the Committee as needed. Advisory members include regulatory agencies (NYSDEC, NYCDEP, NYSDOH), County Soil & Water Districts, Planning Departments from the three counties, and non-profit organizations working in the basin, such as Trout Unlimited, Cornell Cooperative Extensions, and the Mountaintop Foundations. Advisory members are available to assist SWAC as needed, as well as serve as potential project sponsors.
Upcoming Meeting Information:
SWAC Meeting Minutes
|SWAC Education & Outreach Subcommittee|
|December 2008||October 2009||June 2010|
|SWAC Habitat & Recreation Subcommittee|
|December 2008||July 2010||February 2011|
|SWAC Highway & Infrastructure Subcommittee|
|April 2009||December 2009||March 2011|
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. Local municipalities, watershed residents and property owners, schools, and not-for-profit organizations that promote watershed programming are eligible to receive assistance from the Stream Management Plan Implementation Program.
In looking toward the future, the Stream Management Plan Implementation Program is an excellent opportunity for municipalities to work together and contribute towards the implementation of projects benefiting watershed communities and water quality.