Cayuga Lake Watershed
watershed approach to natural resources management and environmental compliance
requires the involvement of a multidisciplinary, multi-jurisdictional
stakeholders partnership, a sound scientific basis, and a geographically based
approach, i.e., focused on a watershed basis.
environmental projects in New York State are funded through the Clean Air -
Clean Water Bond Act and the Environmental Protection Fund. Most funds are
allocated to implementation, and the grant proposals are ranked based on the
satisfaction of the watershed approach guidelines. Since only a small portion
of funds are provided to conduct monitoring studies, a gap of information could
exist to formulate sound implementation proposals.
Science-Based Assessment Initiative proposed here can established a sound
multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional partnership that will give the IO
the ability to satisfy the watershed approach requirements to formulate
successful grant proposals, for example:
sound scientific basis would be attainable for the IO proposals if the
Science-based Assessment Initiative is endorsed by the IO, given the
participation of multidisciplinary research teams. Among the institutions that
participate in these efforts are the United States Geologic Service, USDA Soil
and Water Conservation District, the Counties WRCs, the Finger Lakes Land
Trust, several local governments, and among others, the Natural Resources
Department and the Center for the Environment, Cornell University.
results of the watershed approach have been very successful. Some examples are
(i) the funding of streambank stabilization of Six Mile Creek ($175,000.00), a
Phosphorus source to Cayuga Lake, (ii) the use of the City's land acquisition
fund as local share for watershed projects (~$200,000.00 per year), and the
funding of the proposal initiated by L. Fabbroni, for the Intermunicipal Sewer
project ($7,500,000.00 for 1998). Many more proposals have been submitted for
funding, totaling millions dollars. These proposals require a local funding
co-share. It is fundamental to obtain the endorsement of these efforts from
specific products of the IO endorsement of the Science-based Assessment
of local government and academia
The directory will be available to both sectors, and the CLWN. Local government
could then have access to specific topics of interest, i.e., fisheries,
non-point source management, riparian forest restoration, etc.
at the IO, CLWN, and Counties WRC to facilitate the interaction among
government, academia, and citizens groups. This facilitated contact will
enhance access to specific sources of research information to local government.
On the other hand, researchers could also have access to local government.
government co-sponsored web site
to offer universal availability of sound-science networking information.
Modeling tools with universal access, water quality and bioassessment data
involvement of the IO, County’s WRC, and the CfE
to coordinate the academic programs that could be useful to the watershed
programs of the IO and the CLWN. (V.R.
This will be a medium-term goal that has as a main objective the compilation of
resources form local and federal agencies, for example:
US Geological Survey: GIS database, flow monitoring data, pesticide data,
aquifer database for the Cayuga Lake Watershed, or,
DEC RIBS program: Recent data from tributaries and the lake, for example, bioassessment data, or sediment analysis data not yet available in the DEC-RIBS reports.
V.R. = Volunteers Requested for direct involvement in this effort
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