What is the Mohawk River Basin Program?
Located in central New York State, the Mohawk River is the largest tributary to the Hudson River. The approximately 3,460 square mile Mohawk River watershed makes up roughly 25% of the entire Hudson River drainage area. The NYSDEC has recently initiated a focused effort to conserve, preserve, and restore the environmental quality of the Mohawk River and its watershed, while helping to manage the resources of the region for a sustainable future. These responsibilities are carried out through implementation of the Mohawk River Basin Action Agenda and the establishment of a Mohawk River Basin Program to act as a coordinator of basin-wide activities to achieve these goals is a key component of this effort.
What the Program Does
The success of the program is based on the involvement of stakeholders and the creation of partnerships with established programs and organizations throughout the basin. To this end, the Mohawk River Basin Program follows the successful model of the Hudson River Estuary Program. The impact of the Mohawk River and its watershed on the Hudson River Estuary create an obvious link to the Estuary Program. Adopting a similar model will help accomplish the goal of developing a "whole Hudson" ecosystem-based management approach to managing the Hudson River Estuary. At the same time, a separate Mohawk River Basin Program promotes needed focus on the Mohawk Valley and its own unique culture, history, resources and concerns and a regional approach would help to address the unique challenges of the Basin.
More information on the Mohawk River Basin Program can be found here.