Promoting Wise Management of Natural Resources in Greene County, New York Since 1961

September 1960 flood event damaged every bridge over the Batavia Kill StreamSeptember 1960 flood event damaged every bridge over the Batavia Kill Stream

Flood Preparedness Information

Learn how to prepare your family and home for a flood, and what to do after the storm is over.

Floodplain Management Information

Learn about floodplains, their role in flood protection, and proper floodplain management.

National Flood Insurance Program

Learn about insuring your property against flood damage through FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program.

Historical Floods in Greene County and the Role of the District

In August 1955 and September 1960, the Mountaintop region of Greene County was hit by two devastating floods. In each instance, the flood events were associated with the remains of major hurricanes which had pushed inland as tropical storms. These flood storms produced very significant damage. In 1961, the Greene County Soil & Water Conservation District was formed specifically to facilitate the development of a flood protection project on the Batavia Kill in the Town of Windham.

Since that time, the District has continued to place flood response and mitigation as a high priority. Whether it is facilitating communities with pre-disaster planning, or coordinating mitigation construction projects, the GCSWCD is an active participant in flood mitigation in Greene County.

Completed in 1997, the Melodywood project protected 48 condo units from loss to the Schohoarie CreekCompleted in 1997, the Melodywood project protected 48 condo units from loss to the Schohoarie Creek

The GCSWCD is a member of:

  • NYSDEC Citizens Flood Mitigation Advisory Committee
  • SEMO Project Impact Review Board
  • SEMO Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Project Review Board
  • NYS Disaster Prepardness Commission Mitigation Advisory Committee
  • Greene County Hazard Mitigation Coordinator
  • NYS Association of Floodplain and Stormwater Managers
  • Batavia Kill Watershed Protection District Board of Directors