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Agricultural Practices (A) Development (D) On-site Wastewater Systems (O) Stormwater Runoff  (SR) Wastewater   Treatment (WW)
Drinking Water (DW) Tourism and Other Economic Development (T) Water Quality Standards (WQS)
Water Quality (WQ) Exotic species (ES) Fertilizers and Pesticides (F) Heavy metals (H) Phosphorus and Nutrient Loading (N) Organic compounds (OC) Pathogens (P) Sediment (S)
Comprehensive Planning (C) Education (E) Economic Revitalization & Sustainability (ER) Infrastructure (I)

Coordination, Collaboration & Partnerships


Any effort to protect and improve the watershed requires concerted effort by all stakeholders. The
Intermunicipal Organization (IO) and the RPP process is in a unique position to provide the organizational structure and improve collaboration watershed-wide. Each of the other elements of the process support and are supported by this element. Actions might include collaborative grant writing, joint meetings and conferences, and offers of technical and financial assistance to collaborators, when funding is available. The participation of watershed partners in IO efforts, including watershed municipalities, IO Committees, the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network (exit this site), the Cayuga Lake Watershed Steward, Cornell Cooperative Extension, the County Water Quality Coordinating Committees, and the Soil & Water Conservation Districts, academic institutions, as well as State and Federal agencies, is vital and should be encouraged.


Coordination, collaboration and partnerships are the key to efficient and effective watershed management.  All groups and organizations that do work within the Cayuga Lake Watershed should coordinate their activities and consider partnerships and collaboration as an efficient and effective means of improving the Cayuga Lake Watershed.

Existing Measures

Intermunicipal Organization

Intermunicipal Organization/Cayuga Lake Watershed Network Joint Strategy Committee


Number 2 Recommendations Related Issue(s) Potential Responsible Organization(s) Measure/ Target Approximate Cost
A Specific IO Actions
A1 Short presentation to municipal boards on watershed and RPP (including preparation, one staff person and one person from IO) WQ, E IO, CLWN 100% within 1 year $2,000
A2 Initiate a process to further engage the County WQCCs, including brief presentations to the IO about the county water quality strategies and current projects of the committees; b) identification of common goals and efforts; and c) application for joint funding to conduct work across the watershed. WQ, E IO, CWQCC
  1. 100% by 7/01
  2. by 8/01
  3. 1 year
A3 Provide opportunities for citizens to volunteer for specific projects and on IO committees. WQ IO, CLWN Increase number of volunteers by 10% within 1 year $200
A4 Identify stakeholders with respect to specific priority issues, such as local roads management, and facilitate funding applications to support joint projects.  WQ IO, CLWN Identify 3 significant joint projects and seek funding within 1 year $1,000
A5 Support other, complementary efforts in the watershed by, for example, letters of support and in-kind contributions. WQ IO, CLWN Support 2 additional efforts within 1 year and continue existing efforts $4,000
B Coordinated Actions
B1 Data and information clearinghouse including inventory and design of data and information clearinghouse WQ IO, CLWN, RPB 1 year $5,000
B2 Volunteer monitoring programs through Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP)

Professional monitoring programs (see Monitoring & Assessment)

A, D, O, SR, WW, DW,   WQ, ES, F, H, N, OC, P, S, E, CLWN, WSS CWQCCs, CCE 6 months $2,500
B3 Education and public participation programs (see Education and Public Participation sections) WQ, E IO, CLWN, CCE    
B4 Development, distribution and analysis of a resident survey WQ IO, CLWN 2-3 years $50,000
B5 Assist in updating a comprehensive resource guide/directory of existing monitoring and   implementation programs and complimentary organizations. WQ IO, CLWN, C 6 months $2,000
B6 Coordination with other programs and organizations doing work in the watershed using the management strategies of the RPP so as to maximize resources along with efficiency and effectiveness.  This would include coordination of funding proposals and allocation of resources based on a comprehensive strategy. WQ IO, NYSDEC ongoing  
C Future of the IO        
C1 Institutionalize and restructure IO as an implementation organization WQ IO along with all identified interested parties 7/01 -
C2 Through a  Request for Proposals (exit this site) process the IO has chosen an Organization Facilitator to assist the IO in research and development of a self-sustaining organizational structure capable of advancing and overseeing the implementation of the RPP.  The responsibilities of the consultant are listed in the Scope of Services WQ IO along with all identified interested parties 5/01 - 9/01 $25,000
C3 Contribute to the development of Watershed Restoration & Protection Strategies (WRAPS) WQ NYSDEC along with all identified interested parties 2002-03  
C4 Participate in the Source Water Assessment Program (SWAP) for the Cayuga Lake Watershed.  Use the Cayuga Lake Watershed SWAP as a source of data and targeting WQ NYSDOH 2001-02  
C5 Participate in the Priority Waterbodies List (PWL) update WQ NYSDEC 2001-03  
C6 Develop a framework for working with Seneca Lake Area Partners (SLAP)/Seneca Lake Watershed and Keuka Lake Association/Watershed Management Plan - The combined Keuka-Seneca watershed contributes about half the flow that leaves the Cayuga Lake watershed at Mudlock through the Seneca-Cayuga Canal. Yet, the Keuka and Seneca watersheds are managed under their respective plans and are not considered part of the Cayuga Lake Watershed Restoration and Protection planning process. Some of the point and nonpoint sources within the Seneca-Cayuga Canal probably influence the northern end of Cayuga Lake (north of the railroad causeway) even though it is diluted by the outflow from the Seneca Lake system. WQ IO, SLAP5, KLA Meet with and develop a framework within 6 months $250
C7 Continued Coordination with Academic Institutions including Cornell University, Ithaca College, Wells College, and others WQ IO, AI ongoing  
C8 Continued Coordination with Federal Agencies including United States Geologic Survey (USGS), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), Army Corps' of Engineers, and United States Fish & Wildlife Service WQ IO along with agencies listed ongoing  
C9 Continued Coordination with State Agencies including New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Department of State, and New York State Department of Health WQ IO along with agencies listed ongoing  
C10 Continued Coordination with County Agencies including County WQCC (Cayuga County Water Quality Management Agency, Cortland County Water Quality Coordinating Committee, Seneca County Water Quality Committee, Schuyler County Water Quality Coordinating Committee, and Tompkins County Water Resources Council), County of Regional Department of Health, County Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE), County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD), County Environmental Management Council (EMC), County Planning Department, County Economic Development Department, County Tourism Promotion Agency (TPA), County Highway Department, and County Emergency Management Agency WQ IO along with agencies listed ongoing  
C11 Continued Coordination with Municipalities including mayors, supervisors, legislators, highway superintendent/public works, clerks, water suppliers, wastewater treatment operators WQ IO along with agencies listed Increase number of IO participants - attain coverage of 85% of land area in watershed  

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