Water Policy and Laws in NY (2017): Tools & Perspectives for Stream Protection

Through a grant provided by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation and the Hudson River Estuary Program, the Hudson Valley Regional Council worked with project partners including the PACE Land Use Law Center, the Hudson River Watershed Alliance; the Lower Hudson Coalition of Conservation Districts, and Simon Gruber, Independent Consultant to produce educational resources designed to assist local planners, planning boards, conservation advisory councils, watershed groups and any other stakeholders interested in Water Policy gain a basic understanding of the regulatory and non-regulatory options available to protect drinking water sources and watersheds. This project was designed with the intent of addressing questions raised by stakeholders in the Sparkill, Rondout and Sawkill Creeks watersheds.

  • Resources produced as part of this project include two fact sheets from Pace Land Use Law Center
  • Two articles:
  • Three workshops were held in 2017 on Water Policy Law:
    • Emerging Stormwater Management Options for Protecting Streams & Water Quality
      Tuesday May 9, 2017, 10:00 am – 4:00pm, Rockland Country Club, 380 Route 9W, Sparkill, NY
      A Video is available of the Sparkill Workshop: https://vimeo.com/channels/1248904
    • Water Quality and Onsite Wastewater Systems: A Regulatory and Policy Perspective
      Thursday Sept 14, 2017 12:00 noon to 4:30 pm, Rondout Municipal Center, Room M1 1915 Lucas Avenue Cottekill, NY
      A video is available of the Rondout Workshop: https://vimeo.com/channels/1293290
    • Protecting Drinking Water in the Saw Kill Watershed: A Regulatory and Policy Perspective
      Monday September 25, 2017 6:00pm – 8:30pm, Red Hook Community Center 59 Fisk St Red Hook
      A video is available of the Sawkill Workshop: https://vimeo.com/channels/1297957

Additional information on these workshops, including powerpoint presentations, is available upon request.