Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Working Group

Nutrient and Sediment Working Group

WQMA Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Working Group's Video:  "A Methodology for Evaluating Nutrient Reduction Practices"

The WQMA Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Working Group created a video that is a guide to a methodology for use in evaluating alternative techniques for reducing nutrient loading of waterbodies and selecting those that have the potential to be the most effective.   To view this video,  click here. 

Documents for use with this video:

Sediment and Nutrient Practices

Management Practice Evaluation Matrix

Mgt Practice Relevance Matrix

Criteria Descriptions

National Resource Conservation Service Conservation Practice Code 590

The Cayuga County WQMA has been discussing Code 590 at meetings in March and April. The code is available here.

WQMA Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Working Group Priorities for 2015:  

  1. PRIORITY:  Local government outreach and assistance

  2. ACTION: Planning will work with Cayuga County Towns and Villages, beginning with those adjacent to Owasco Lake, to encourage adoption of ordinances similar to Owasco’ s Erosion and Sediment Control Plan for Small Homesite Construction ordinance as well as identifying “best practices” that ensure these measures are implemented at the Town and Village level.
    ACTION: Planning will conduct training to selected municipalities regarding incorporating steep slope protections in their development review and/or building permit process.
    ACTION:  Planning will investigate the adoption of storm water regulations within the County and explore viable catch basin maintenance programs that could be implemented at the local level during subdivision and other development review procedures.
    ACTION:  SWCD will encourage code enforcement officers and highway department personnel to attend their Erosion and Sediment Control Workshops for Construction Site Contractors and Operators.
    ACTION:  SWCD will encourage highway department personnel to participate in training from Cornell Local Roads Program and follow ditch maintenance practices that will reduce erosion.

  3. PRIORITY:  Best management practices

  4. ACTION: Promote the sediment and nutrient reduction practice methodology created by the Working Group.
    ACTION: Monitor the preparation of watershed management plans and other County plans and advocate including strategies for addressing reducing sediment and nutrient loading.
    ACTION: Continue to focus sediment and nutrient reduction activities in the County based on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s priority waterbodies list and the Dutch Hollow Brook Watershed Restoration Grant Project.

  5. PRIORITY: Watershed tools and models

  6. ACTION: Review current work in creating GIS based watershed delineation tools and nutrient loading models and determine opportunities for practical applications in Cayuga County.
    • EPA My Watershed Locator Tool
    • The web based runoff generating area mapping tool developed by Cornell University. 

  7. PRIORITY:  Public participation

  8. ACTION:  Engage Lake Associations in implementing programs to protect water quality such as the “adopt a shoreline/stream” approach.