A watershed is an area of land that channels precipitation and water from high elevation to low elevation across the landscape through creeks, ditches, streams, and rivers, often ending in a body of water. Through this program, we aim to understand the efficacy of watershed planning and modeling efforts in achieving water quality improvements. We aim to:
- Provide technical and outreach support to community groups, watershed groups, and municipalities on water resource information, watershed management, water quality monitoring, and assessments, etc.
- Develop inter-municipal arrangements and strategies to address watershed water resource challenges and needs.
- Build the capacity of local watershed groups, municipalities, regional environmental groups, county agencies, and other partners.
- Improve planning for and implementation of projects to improve water resources.
- What traits make local watershed groups effective? What can we learn from watershed efforts in NY and other states?
- How do watershed outreach and support correlate with stream water quality? Do watershed outreach and stewardship lead to improved water quality in any measurable and significant way?
- On a tributary scale, what are reasonable and technically feasible approaches that stakeholders may use to monitor pollutants and determine pollution sources.
- How do different approaches to watershed planning influence the way physical hydrologic uncertainties within model calculations and results are represented and interpreted?