to Our Watershed,
NYC DEP sign after local input
from the Delaware County Board of Supervisors
Supporting Material for the 2018-2019
National Academy of Sciences
of the New York City Watershed Protection Program: Watershed
The landmark 1997 Memorandum of Agreement
represents a fusion of interests between New York City in public health
protection and the watershed communities and businesses in rural economic
This page includes links to documents about
the local watershed community role and fused local and city roles.
This will be updated as the NAS review process continues.
Please email questions and recommendations about additions, to Shelly
Johnson-Bennett, Director, Delaware County Planning Department
(email@example.com), or Steve Pacenka, Water Specialist,
Cornell University BEE Soil and Water Laboratory (firstname.lastname@example.org).
|NAS panel meetings in NY:
||Unresolved and forthcoming stresses:
|Resolved (?) stresses:
- A phosphorus TMDL
process blocked additional service connections to all municipal
wastewater treatment plants in the Cannonsville watershed. This
triggered the development of a local phosphorus reduction
strategy for nonpoint sources (2002): Delaware
County Action Plan for Watershed Protection and Economic Vitality
- P. E. Cerosaletti, D.G. Fox, L.E.
Chase. 2004. Phosphorus Reduction Through Precision
Feeding of Dairy Cattle. Journal of Dairy Science, 87:2314.
Key result of DCAP process. This work
later became an ongoing Watershed Agricultural Council program:
NYC WAP Precision Feed Management Program report. "Total pool of manure
phosphorus excretions managed per year, program, kgs 37,761".
- Nutrient Management: Dale Dewing. Undated. Balancing
Agricultural Viability and Water
Quality in the New York City Watershed.
- Laurence Day. 2004. Septic Systems as Potential Pollution Sources
in the Cannonsville Reservoir Watershed, New York.
Journal of Environmental Quality, 33:1996. Day is a staff member
of the Soil and Water Conservation District and recognized as the onsite
wastewater expert in the watershed for many years. A longer form
report is available.
|Ongoing consensus programs:
- Watershed Agricultural Council. This nonprofit
maintains over 90% voluntary participation and has ongoing rapport with farms
for pathogen and nutrient management. Conducts economic vitality activities and easement program.
Also operates a watershed forest program. Governed locally, funded
primarily by New York City and USDA.
- Catskill Watershed Corporation This local
development corporation provides financial and technical assistance to West of
Hudson NYC watershed communities and businesses for both water quality protection
and business development. Governed locally, funded by New York City.
- Stream corridor management plans, coordinated by the
Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation District.
|Scientific and scholarly legal support (highly selective):
- Phosphorus reduction from a
monitored farm with BMPs: Patricia
L. Bishop, W. Dean Hively, Jery R. Stedinger, Michael
R. Rafferty, Jeffrey
L. Lojpersberger and Jay A. Bloomfield. 2005. Multivariate Analysis of Paired Watershed Data to Evaluate
Agricultural Best Management Practice Effects on Stream Water Phosphorus. Journal of Environmental Quality,
34:1087–1101. doi:10.2134/jeq2004.0194 . P Bishop was NYS DEC
staff scientist, now retired.
- Watershed modeling: Town Brook Research Group.
Temporarily: Cornell material about
variable source area hydrology. This group was (is?) a loose
federation of scientists from the New York City DEP
watershed modeling group, Cornell University BEE Soil and Water
Lab, US Geological Survey Water Resources Division NY Water Center,
and USDA Agricultural Research Service Pasture Systems Research Lab at
Penn State University. See the temporary link (content out of date)
- Faculty Research Group on Communities and Watershed Planning. July
1994. Communities and Watershed Planning:
Shaping a Research Agenda. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Note especially
the appendix about a completed phone survey of sentiment in watershed.
- Jennifer Church. 2009. Avoiding Further Conflict: A Case Study of
the New York City Watershed Land Acquisition Program in Delaware County, NY, 27
Pace Envtl. L. Rev. 393 (2009) Available at: http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/pelr/vol27/iss1/13
Author advised by Professor John Nolon, who served as expert reviewer
during the County's Downeast project.
Regional socioeconomic trends. (more
Economic monitoring template: New Jersey Pinelands Commission. June 2018.
Long-Term Economic Monitoring Program, 2017 Annual Report. Pinelands Commission, New Lisbon NJ.
(This process is cited as a model of economic monitoring in
the Downeast work. Pinelands monitoring is funded by the National Park Service and
work done by Pinelands Commission staff.)
- From an insider legal scholar's perspective:
Keith S. Porter. 2006. Fixing Our Drinking Water: From Field and
Forest to Faucet. Free download available
|Roots before the MOA:
We would like to cross-link with NYC DEP material for the
NAS review, particularly about water quality in streams and reservoirs.
And welcome to our home!
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Last revised S Pacenka 2018 09 30 to reformat and add links and annotations.