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Working with Partners

An essential part of DEP’s Long-Term Watershed Protection Program includes working with the many diverse stakeholders from the eight-county watershed region. Under the 1997 Watershed Agreement and subsequent filtration waivers, several organizations and government agencies are directly implementing programs with funding provided by the City through contracts with DEP. These vital watershed partnerships help to protect water quality while promoting environmentally compatible economic development.

Two of New York City’s primary watershed partners include the Watershed Agricultural Council and the Catskill Watershed Corporation. Both organizations are locally-based not-for-profit corporations that were specifically created to assist DEP with the administration and implementation of watershed protection and economic development programs. The WAC is involved primarily with natural resource and land conservation programs, whereas the CWC primarily oversees community infrastructure and economic development programs. Many other watershed partners serve in various capacities, such as oversight, advice, public education, and communication.


Watershed Organizations
Watershed Agricultural Council
Catskill Watershed Corporation
Watershed Protection and Partnership Council


Government Agencies and Non-Profit Organizations

County Governments:
Greene County
Delaware County
Schoharie County
Sullivan County
Ulster County
Putnam County
Westchester County

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
New York State Department of State
New York State Department of Health
New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation
United States Environmental Protection Agency
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
United States Geological Survey

County Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Greene County

Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations
Delaware County
Greene County
Schoharie County
Sullivan County
Ulster County
Putnam County
Westchester County

Reservoir Levels

Current: 71.2%

Normal: 73.1%