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

SWACLogoAbout 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.

Committee Membership

Schoharie Watershed Advisory Committee
NameAffiliation
Erik Allan
Highway/Infrastructure Subcommittee
Judd Weisberg Recreation/Habitat Subcommittee
Ron Urban Recreation/Habitat Subcommittee - Alternate
Vacant Education/Outreach Subcommittee
David Kukle Town of Hunter
Anthony Coiro Town of Hunter - Alternate
Lynn Byrne Town of Lexington
Beverly Dezan Town of Lexington - Alternate
Eric Dahlberg Town of Conesville
Bill Federice Town of Conesville - Alternate
James Lawrence Town of Ashland
Larry Gardner Greene County Legislator
Mike Tancredi Village of Hunter
Allan Higgins Village of Hunter - Alternate
Lori Torgersen Greene County Legislator
Leigh McGunnigle Village of Tannersville
Robert Janiszewski Village of Tannersville - Alternate
Michael McCrary Town of Jewett
Jim Pellitteri Town of Jewett - Alternate
Joseph Farleigh Town of Roxbury
Tom Hynes Town of Roxbury - Alternate
Kory O'Hara Town of Prattsville
Val Riedman Town of Gilboa
Rebecca Wilburn Town of Gilboa - Alternate
Steve Walker Town of Windham
Wayne VanValin Town of Windham - Alternate

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.

SWAC Meeting Minutes

Schoharie Watershed Advisory Committee
May 2008 June 2008 October 2008  
February 2009 March 2009 September 2009 October 2009
March 2010 October 2010    
March 2011 June 2011 November 2011  
 June 2012 October 2012  
March 2013 August 2013 December 2013  
March 2014 September 2014 December 2014  
April 2015 October 2015    
April 2016 October 2016    
April 2017 October 2017    

 

SWAC Education & Outreach Subcommittee
December 2008 October 2009 June 2010
January 2011    

 

SWAC Habitat & Recreation Subcommittee
December 2008 July 2010 February 2011

 

SWAC Highway & Infrastructure Subcommittee
April 2009 December 2009 March 2011

 

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. 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.

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