Unmanaged stormwater damages roads, bridges, private properties and stream banks.
Stormwater is water from rain or melting snow that doesn't soak into the ground but runs off into
waterways. It flows from rooftops, over paved areas and bare soil, and through sloped lawns while
picking up a variety of materials on its way. As it flows, stormwater runoff collects and transports soil,
animal waste, salt, pesticides, fertilizers, oil and grease, debris and other pollutants. The quality of
runoff is affected by a variety of factors and depends on the season, local meteorology, geography and
upon activities which lie in the path of the flow.
Stormwater gathers a variety of pollutants that are mobilized during runoff events. Polluted runoff
degrades our lakes, rivers, wetland and other waterways. Transported soil clouds the waterways and
interferes with the habitat of fish and plant life.
Nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen can promote the overgrowth of algae, deplete oxygen in the
waterway and be harmful to other aquatic life. Toxic chemicals from automobiles, sediment from
construction activities and careless application of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers threaten the
health of the receiving waterway and can kill fish and other aquatic life. Bacteria from animal wastes
and illicit connections to sewerage systems can make nearby lakes and bays unsafe for wading,
swimming and the propagation of edible shellfish. According to an inventory conducted by the United
States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), half of the impaired waterways are affected by
urban/suburban and construction sources of stormwater runoff.
Polluted runoff can create environmental & public health and safety problems. Polluted stormwater is
one of the nation's greatest threats to clean water. In the Southern Tier, stormwater runoff is a key
source of pollution.
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Landowners wishing to file for an agricultural assessment in 2013 must file with their local assessor by March 1st. In
order to this you first have a Soil Group Worksheet prepared by the Soil & Water Conservation District for each tax
parcel you intend to enroll.
Determining Eligibility: What is Considered "Agriculatural Land"
Land considered as agricultural includes: croplands, farm woodlands, pastures, orchards, vieyards,
sugarbush, support lands, and crop acreage either set aside or retired under Federal supply manage-
ment or soil conservation programs.
still be eligible if it is farmed, under a written rental agreement of at least five years, with other farmland that satisfies all
worksheet completed. You will need to have your current tax bill (for each parcel) available when you call, so that a
member of the SWCD staff can collect necessary information over the phone. There is a $25.00 per parcel charge for
worksheets. Worksheets are completed in the order they are requested. Once the worksheet it completed you will be
contacted so that you can make an appointment to review, sign and pick up your worksheet(s). If you have any
questions give us a call.
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|PLEASE NOTE: Due to decreased staff we do not have a secretary in the office during
regular business hours. At certain times all employees are in the field working. It is
recommended that you call ahead to make an appointment. If you need an Ag Assessment
Sheet done for tax purposes please follow the form on this page for the Ag Assessment
Request Form. If you would like to make an appointment to meet with one of us please call
the following individuals:
Scott Alsworth: Ag Planning, Ag Assessments, Forestry
Leonard Preston: Engineering, Stream Permits, Technical Advice
Scott Torrey: Executive Director, CNMP Planning