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

Erosion Control Training - January 29

When: January 29, 12:30-4:30 PM
Where: The Lake George Volunteer Fire Department
179 Ottawa Street
Lake George NY 12845
Cost: $75 per person, includes all materials and snacks
Please contact Jim Lieberum at 623.3119 to see if there is still room available.

Hazard Mitigation - What Does it Mean?

On Thursday January 8 and Tuesday January 13th, 2015 the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the Warren County Office of Emergency Services (OES) will present an hour long program on the topic of Hazard Mitigation.

On January 8th, the program will run from 6:00—7:00 PM in the Christine L. McDonald Community Room at the Crandall Public Library.
On January 13th the program will run from 6:00– 7:00 PM at the NYSDEC office in Warrensburg.

In Warren County, a number of significant events have impacted our communities and residents. These include: flooding, severe rainfall, beaver dam failures, mud-slides and high winds. At this time Warren County is in the initial stages of rede-veloping its Multijurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan and is seeking to inform the public on what hazard mitigation is all about and what you, as a homeowner can do to protect yourself and assist your community.

Please contact Jim Lieberum at the Warren County SWCD (518.623.3119) or Amy Drexel at the Warren County OES (518.761.6240) if you have any questions or would like more information.

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The Farm Talks Jan 30th

The Farm Talks is a series of agricultural presentations for individuals who are interested in hobby or subsistence farming, homesteading, personal food production or for any reason!

Join us Friday, January 30th from 6pm to 8pm at the NYS DEC Warrensburg Office for two presentations on Year-Round High Tunnel Production with Sandy & Paul Arnold of Pleasant Valley Farm and Starting a Small Scale Tree Nursery- The seasonal process with David Lee of the NYS DEC Saratoga Tree Nursery.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP to Nick Rowell by 01/28/15, as seating is limited.

Phone: (518) 623-3119 or

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.

2013 Warren County SWCD Conservationist of the Year Ed Pennock – Town of Warrensburg Highway Superintendent

The District would like to announce that Ed Pennock, Town of Warrensburg Highway Superintendent is our 2013 Conservationist of the Year. The District has worked with Ed and his crew on numerous projects, including the replacement of a large culvert to improve fish passage and 4 stream crossings that had been damaged during storm events.

Ed is proactive in requesting District assistance with evaluating natural resource issues, erosion and sediment control, stormwater recommendations and permit assistance for projects. Ed is active in the Town Highway Superintendents Association of Warren County and is always willing to lend a helping hand to the District when needed. His interest and dedication to conservation is more than evident, and we were honored to recognize Ed as our 2013 Conservationist of the Year!

2013 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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2013 CWICNY Annual Report

In this edition:

Rural Roads Active Management Plan
Harvesting Rainwater for Irrigation
Regional Alternative De-Icing Forums
Around the Basin: Completed Water Quality Improvement Projects

Read the 2013 Annual Report

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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