These pictures represent projects that the District has worked on in the county.

Eurasian Watermilfoil Identification

This video was taken in Schroon Lake to show the difference between the highly invasive Eurasian Watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) and the native Northern Watermilfoil (Myriophyllum sibiricum). What this video also demonstrates is all the hard work and funding that has gone into Schroon Lake to remove the invasive Eurasian Watermilfoil and keep it at a very limited and manageable population throughout the lake. The video shows very few, young, single stem Eurasian Watermilfoil plants scattered amongst lush native aquatic vegetation. Schroon Lake is a great example of what years of team work and hard work can accomplish in the battle against invasive species.

- If you pause the video at 00:47 you will notice the native Northern Watermilfoil on the left and the invasive Eurasian Watermilfoil on the right.
- We then swim through some native eelgrass and at 01:06 is another single stem Eurasian Watermilfoil in the center of the screen.
- As we continue to swim through beautiful Schroon Lake, at 01:34 is another single stem young Eurasian Watermilfoil plant in the foreground center of the screen.
- 02:02 you will see another single stem Eurasian Watermilfoil plant.

We hope this video is helpful and informative and we encourage the community to continue to learn the identification of aquatic invasive species so you can help survey your favorite lake from above or below!

Hazard Mitigation Surveys: Public Participation

The Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Warren County Office of Emergency Services would like to announce that surveys to collect information for the new Warren County Hazard Mitigation Plan are now available online. At this time there are nine different on-line surveys that are available for public outreach and education. They run the gamut from general citizenry to emergency responders to business and more. These surveys provide an opportunity to provide information that will assist with the development of the Hazard Mitigation Plan.

This is an opportunity for your concerns or issues to be heard and included in the Hazard Mitigation Plan. To participate please click on:

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Jim Lieberum at 518.623.3119

Regional Conservation Partnership Program

The District is currently accepting applications from agricultural producers for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The applications will be for funding assistance for high tunnels and cover crops in Warren County. This is a competitive application process.

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New York State Prohibited Plants

In September of 2014 the NYSDEC and the NYS Department of Ag and Markets enacted invasive species regulation that affects terrestrial and aquatic plants.
Please take a moment to download this information, as it may affect you or your municipality.

Warren County MS4 Report

Now available is the 2014-2015 Warren County Municipal Stormwater Sewer System (Ms4) Annual Report.

Please contact Jim Lieberum at the SWCD (623.3119) with any questions.

Queensbury MS4 Report

Now available is the 2014-2015 Queensbury Municipal Stormwater Sewer System (Ms4) Annual Report.

Please contact Jim Lieberum at the SWCD (623.3119) or Craig Brown at the Town of Queensbury (761.8201) with any questions.

Local Food Movement

Interested in networking with others to work together to improve the distribution of local food? Please respond by sending your name, phone number, address, e-mail address and a description of what foods you are involved with to Ruth Lamb 518 761-6125 or

The Local Food Movement is on the rise. Small farms growing naturally or organically are seeing a greater demand for their products. People are discussing "food hubs" to help connect farmers, food processors and people seeking healthy local foods. More farmers - younger and older – will be needed to build local food security in our area. SUNY Adirondack plans to be a leader by encouraging diversified agricultural opportunities and helping to create the next generation of farmers, entrepreneurs and businesses. New programs aimed at providing resources and educating new farmers and value-added agricultural businesses are currently being developed at the College.

Your input is sought to identify how to improve food distribution locally, how to develop community resources to assist with food processing/marketing, how to boost networking among growers, processors and food customers. Please send us your thoughts and information today! If you know someone else who might like to join in this effort, please pass this on!

2013-2014 Warren County and Town of Queensbury MS4 Annual Report

Warren County is pleased to present the 2013-2014 Warren County MS4 Annual Report. If you have any questions about the report or the MS4 program, please contact the Warren County SWCD or the Warren County Department of Public Works.

Warren County is also pleased to present the 2013-2014 Town of Queensbury MS4 Annual Report
If you have any questions about the report please contact the Warren County SWCD or the Town of Queensbury Planning Office.

Rural Roads Active Management Program (RRAMP)

Utilizing funding provided by the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP), CWICNY, the County Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and municipal/County DPW’s throughout the watershed are finalizing a new roadside protection program that will provide guidance and assistance to municipalities when facing challenges with secondary roads. This program, named the Rural Roads Active Management Program, or RRAMP, encourages the use of best management practices to increase resiliency of infrastructure, reduce erosion, protect natural resources, and save time and money. This is being achieved through a multi-faceted effort, which includes the initial planning for a system that would allow local municipalities and private landowners to obtain funding for projects, much like the Vermont Better Back Roads Program, and also through the creation and production of two educational guides for local municipalities, the Rural Roads Best Management Practices Manual and the Rural Roads Active Management Program Field Guide. These documents outline the proper methods for stabilizing an restructuring roadside ditches, and provide references for policy creation and municipal planning for roadside efforts.

Historical Aerial Images

We are happy to announce the development of an interactive on-line portal for the public to be able to access the county’s historic aerial imagery from their home or business. Several years ago we began scanning in our imagery (1948, 1966, 1982 and 1990) to have them on our computers. However with the change in technology we felt that there was an opportunity to have this information active for the public on the web. The Town of Queensbury and the Warren County GIS Departments have been exceptionally helpful as partners in order to succeed. In essence, you will be able to access the website and view a current image such as a Google Map and compare it with any of the historic images. It will not overlay on top of the new image, but you will be able to toggle between the images to compare them. You will not need any special software, just click here. Please contact us with any questions.

2014 Annual Report

Each newsletter presents a challenge for deciding what projects and programs to include. We were again very busy this past year, and a big congratulations goes to the staff and the Board members for their extensive efforts to make our success possible. I think that we accomplish quite a bit for a five person office.

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Warren County MS4

In Warren County, the Town of Queensbury is a regulated municipality under the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Program. All municipalities regulated under the MS4 program are required to implement Best Management Practices (BMPs) to control stormwater runoff. The purpose of these regulations is to help protect and improve the quality of public waterbodies in more densely populated areas of the state. These regulations outline a large number of tasks (formatted as six "minimum measure") which the municipality must undertake to be in compliance with these mandates.

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