The Susquehanna Regional River Initiative Watershed Assessment Phase

The Susquehanna Regional River Initiative Watershed Assessment Phase
The purpose of this project is to establish a regional river initiative to build resilience and capacity in the Broome, Tioga and Village of Sidney NY Rising Communities. The project will link the local communities together with a consistent comprehensive watershed approach to understand and address flooding issues in the Upper Susquehanna River. 
The initiative will include two main project components: 
• Education and Outreach to municipal officials, county legislators and residents of the NYRCR Tioga, Broome and Sidney Communities 
• Watershed Assessment and modeling to identify natural infrastructure practices for implementation 
The Watershed Assessment and modeling phase will begin in the communities of:  Town of Union, Village of Endicott, City of Binghamton and the Town of Vestal starting the week of October 22, 2018.  

This phase of assessments will specifically target the following watersheds: Brixius Creek (V.O. Endicott and T.O. Union), Chamberlain Creek (C.O. Binghamton) and the Fuller Hollow Creek (T.O. Vestal). 
The purpose of this assessment is to inventory and evaluate a number of physical factors including: eroding stream banks, damaged segments of streams, bridges, culverts, and debris jams.  The inventory and evaluation will consist of SWCD employees and associates physically investigating the culverts, streams and tributaries and mapping the above criteria.  This information will be used in the future to identify and target funding for cost effective practices that can be implemented to reduce flooding impacts in the watershed.  This stage is for assessment and identifying of priorities only. There is currently not funding for immediate implementation. 
Designs will be based on an integrated, multiple barrier approach across the watershed, looking at implementing practices in the headwaters, across the landscape and finally at the streams edge. The result will provide a chance to reduce the effects of floodwaters by de-synchronizing flows, infiltrating runoff, and spreading flow into the natural floodplain. Watershed assessments will look to identify project areas that will focus on the natural infrastructure in the watershed to address stormwater and implement projects that promote this approach. Wetland creation and restoration with flood attenuation, green infrastructure, natural stream rehabilitation and floodplain enhancement through berm removal along with installation of visual landmark flood signs to educate residents. These are a few examples of natural infrastructure projects we would identify and implement. However in the longer term the watershed assessments will identify numerous cost-effective practices/projects that can be undertaken by a community in order to improve resiliency and reduce flooding.  The plans will be ready for future funding and allow for rapid implementation as additional funding becomes available.
Contact Chip McElwee at the Broome County Soil and Water Conservation District with questions - 607-724-9268 ext. 5