The Wyoming County Soil & Water Conservation District has been involved in several stream programs throughout the county for many years. The District has maintained a General Stream Permit with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). Through this permit, landowners and municipalities may do work in protected streams in Wyoming County. Project work that is eligible for this permit program could include the removal of small gravel bars, bank stabilization, minor realignment projects, culvert installations, fords, debris removal and other minor projects.
The district also provides assistance with the preparation of permit applications for the NYSDEC and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Stream Permit Programs as well as technical assistance in the implementation of these types of projects.
In 1998, the District initiated a countywide stream maintenance program to help landowners and municipalities with channel clearing of gravel, log jams, and flood debris from stream channels in Wyoming County. This program was in response to a severe flood that ravaged much of Wyoming County in 1998. The District and NRCS provide technical assistance with the USDA Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) stream protection and flood damage repair programs.
Soil erosion reduces agricultural productivity, damages structures, contributes to poor water quality, results in increased flooding and clogs our storm sewers, lakes, and rivers.
Prevention of soil erosion is a priority of the Soil and Water Conservation District.
The local SWCD can provide technical assistance in the planning, design, construction, and management of erosion control practices such as strip-cropping, conservation tillage, diversions, terraces, streambank protection, and critical area plantings.
Streambank Restoration at Monkey Run
Streambank Stabilization on the Oatka Creek
Streambank Stabilization on the Wiscoy Creek