Established in partnership with NYC DEP in 1996, this program seeks to advance state-of-the-art watershed management projects, policies and programs to improve and protect the Schoharie Creek and its tributaries.
Initiatives for towns and landowners overseen by the SWSMP include:
• Stream Management Implementation Program (SMIP)
The Schoharie Watershed Advisory Committee (SWAC), formed in 2008, selects priority projects to be funded by the Stream Management Implementation Program (SMIP). SWAC members represent the collective interests of local government, property owners, watershed agencies, and non-profit organizations.
• Stream and Floodplain Restoration Projects
Reducing rates of erosion and addressing private and public infrastructure problems while improving water quality.
• Catskill Streams Buffer Initiative
Assists landowners in better stewardship of their riparian (streamside) area through protection, enhancement, management, or restoration. Funds are available for landowners and towns for projects.
• Stream and Watershed Assessments
Technical assistance for landowners and towns to solve stream related problems in a manner that improves water quality.
• Education & Outreach
Informational programming and publications to increase knowledge of watershed issues and programs.