Water Resources Management

Not-for-Profit Organizations Resources

There are several nonprofit organizations specializing in water and natural resources, outreach, and education. These organizations can provide information on protecting or restoring natural habitats and river or stream corridors, as well as localized demographic information and historical data.

New York State Wetland Forum Inc. is a non-advocacy organization comprised of individuals and groups with diverse backgrounds, interests and viewpoints regarding wetlands and their science, use and management. Its purpose is to: improve communication among people interested in wetlands; call attention to and objectively discuss local, statewide, regional, national, and global wetland issues as they relate to New York State; improve its members' knowledge and understanding of wetlands; and make information about wetlands available to its members and the general public.

The Institute of Ecosystem Studies is dedicated to the creation, dissemination, and application of knowledge about ecological systems. This knowledge is created through scientific research, disseminated through teaching, writing, and exhibits, and applied through participation in decision-making regarding the ecological management of natural resources and through promotion of a broader awareness about the importance of ecological relationships to human welfare.

Another source of assistance is local land trusts. Community-based land trusts are experts at helping interested landowners find ways to protect their land in the face of ever-growing development pressure. The Land Trust Alliance provides a full array of advice on land trusts and how they can help communities (www.lta.org). The Open Space Institute protects significant recreational, environmental, agricultural, and historic landscapes in New York State.

In rural areas, communities can obtain assistance from the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP). This partnership assists communities in meeting their water supply, wastewater management, and solid waste needs. They can also help you with community and regional planning, public health management, and education and outreach.

The New York Farm Bureau is a non-governmental, volunteer organization financed and controlled by families for the purpose of solving economic and public policy issues challenging the agriculture industry.

If your watershed lies within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, the Upper Susquehanna Coalition may be able to provide you with technical assistance. The Coalition is a network of county natural resource professionals who develop strategies, partnerships, programs, and projects to protect the headwaters of the Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds.

Lake George Watershed Coalition involves, state, county, and local governments, along with non-governmental organizations, to conserve and protect Lake George. They provide education and outreach to local citizens and foster partnerships for conducting water quality monitoring and restoration projects.

Additional resources:

American Farmland Trust; Association of State Floodplain Managers; Association of State Wetland Managers; Center for Watershed Protection; Conservation Foundation; National Audubon Society; New York Planning Federation; Sierra Club; Society of Wetland Scientists; The Nature Conservancy; Trust for Public Land; Wildlife Conservation Society.

Not-for-profit organizations can also have a regional interest. These organizations often have localized data, outreach programs, and other information that focus on local issues:

Long Island

Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee; Manhasset Bay Protection Committee; NY/NJ Baykeeper; Save the Peconic Bays; Save the Sound.

Great Lakes

Finger Lakes-Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance (FL-LOWPA); Great Lakes Research Consortium; Lake Ontario Coastal Initiative (LOCI); Lake Plains Resource Conservation and Development; Rochester Environment; Save Our Sodus.

Hudson River Valley

Catskill Center for Conservation and Development; The Glynwood Center; Hudsonia; Scenic Hudson.