The Hudson Valley Regional Council (HVRC) is the recipient of grant funding to assist with Water Quality Planning in the region through the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the Federal Clean Water Act program. Through this funding, HVRC provides education and outreach to local municipalities with respect to water quality planning and stormwater management. Recent initiatives have included extensive work on green infrastructure projects throughout the Mid-Hudson region. Examples of these projects are available on our web site here.
The current focus of the grant (2019-2023) is to assist municipalities with Source Water Protection Plans, 9 Element Watershed Management Plans, and education and outreach for MS4 communities.
HVRC has also partnered with NYSDEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program to develop legal opinions and papers on issues related to watersheds, stormwater, water quality, and wastewater. These documents, as well as videos of the seminars and other project materials, are available on our website here.
Drinking Water Source Protection Program (DWSP2)
DWSP2 is a program created by DEC in collaboration with DOH to assist communities to protect their public sources of drinking water. The draft framework provides a step-by-step process towards a community's unique source water protection plan. The program breaks down the process into four phases: Stakeholder Group, Drinking Water Source Assessment, Protection & Implementation Strategies, and Progression & Maintenance.
HVRC is currently assisting communities in the Hudson Valley to protect source water, by providing technical assistance, education, and outreach for the program.
9 Element Watershed Plan (9E)
9 Element Watershed Plans (9E) are used by communities, watershed councils, and other stakeholders in order to determine how to best protect a watershed from a specific pollutant coming from a non-point source. Common pollutants addressed by 9E plans are nutrients such as phosphorus or nitrogen. The plan consists of these 9 elements:
- Identify and quantify sources of pollution in watershed
- Identify water quality target or goal and pollutant reductions needed to achieve goal
- Identify the best management practices (BMPs) that will help to achieve reductions needed to meet water quality goal/target
- Describe the financial and technical assistance needed to implement BMPs identified in Element 3
- Describe the outreach to stakeholders and how their input was incorporated and the role of stakeholders to implement the plan
- Estimate a schedule to implement BMPs identified in plan
- Describe the milestones and estimated time frames for the implementation of BMPs
- Identify the criteria that will be used to assess water quality improvement as the plan is implemented
- Describe the monitoring plan that will collect water quality data need to measure water quality improvement (criteria identified in Element 8)
HVRC works with NYSDEC to provide technical assistance for watershed planning and coordinates how to best help communities and watershed-based organizations protect their watersheds.