Local governments- whether county, city, town, or villages- may have planning, design, and engineering staff, as well as local committees who can be instrumental in helping you protect and restore your watershed. They can provide local plans and consultant studies, such as feasibility studies, engineering reports, land use studies, and infrastructure analyses. They can also provide technical assistance at all stages of developing and implementing a watershed plan.
The New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials can provide technical assistance to its members and holds a Main Street conference annually that addresses many issues related to the redevelopment of waterfronts and watersheds and how they can link to downtowns. The Association of Towns of the State of New York serves town governments by providing training programs, research and information services, technical assistance, legal services, computer software programs, insurance programs, and a variety of publications to member towns.
County governments are an important source of information for communities undertaking watershed planning efforts. County agencies or organizations can provide census information, digital mapping data, water quality data, etc. You can find individual County websites through the Direct Links to County Websites; or the New York State Association of Counties.
County Soil & Water Conservation Districts provide technical assistance on nutrient management, stormwater runoff and other resources issues. While varying counties may have a specific focus based on regional issues, resources related to watershed planning may be obtained through their staff. The NYS Association of Conservation Districts can direct you to your local County Soil & Water Conservation District.
County Environmental Management Councils are voluntary advisory boards appointed by their county governments throughout New York. Their mission is to advise county governments and to provide a liaison between the community and the county. The New York Association of Environmental Management Councils can direct you to your local County Environmental Management Council.
There are several other county organizations that can provide information and watershed related data, for your watershed plan. Contact your County Planning Departments, County Planning Boards, and County Water Quality Coordinating Committees for assistance in the creation of you watershed plan. County Health Departments can also provide local water quality data and information on health related issues in regards to water quality.