DEP’s Stream Management Program works with local watershed partners such as county Soil and Water Conservation Districts and Cornell Cooperative Extension to provide educational, technical, and material assistance to landowners who need help managing streams and floodplains on their property. Educational programs for landowners include workshops on good stewardship practices for streams and floodplains, the use of native plants for improving streamside wildlife habitats, tips for managing undesirable invasive plants like Japanese knotweed, and the history of flooding on different watershed streams.
Through its local partners, the Stream Management Program provides technical assistance to landowners regarding Best Management Practices (BMPs) that reduce stream bank erosion and improve habitat for fish and other wildlife. Trained staff are available to meet with landowners, discuss their individual problems, and explore options that address their concerns. In streamside areas where erosion presents a hazard to life or property, staff can also help identify funding resources to help defray the cost of treating the problem.
To support the protection, enhancement and restoration of healthy forest buffers along streams, the Stream Management Program provides guidance to landowners on how to manage their streamside areas through workshops, fact sheets, and individual assistance. Staff at county Soil and Water Conservation Districts can assist eligible landowners with site planning for buffer improvement and provide trees and shrubs to restore vegetation on some sites.
For additional information about streamside assistance, please contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District, Cornell Cooperative Extension office, or visit the Catskill Streams Buffer Initiative.