A Primer for Developing a Successful Watershed Management System (Click on title to see primer pdf). This Primer was created as part of a pilot program.
There has been a rebirth in the last ten years of using “watersheds” as the basis for making environmental management decisions with stronger local public involvement. In 1996 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) began testing a program model that would allow watershed management programs to be developed quickly with limited funds using New York State Federation of Lake Associations (NYSFOLA) lake associations as the core organizing groups.
Four lakes ultimately became NYSFOLA cooperative test projects with NYSDEC funding. Two other lakes received separate NYSDEC and/or other agency funding and independently used the NYSDEC program model.
Even allowing for the differing sizes of the lakes and for the differing kinds of lake and town interaction, the NYSFOLA Oversight Committee is reporting relatively good success for the Pilot Program. The initial two-year management plan development program was extended to five years. Five of the six lakes have State of the Lake Reports completed. Three have Management Plans in place and two more Plans are imminent. A final survey from the Committee identified several issues critical to success as well as several challenges and problems in the projects.