Upcoming Events
Event Date/Time Location
Woodlot Management Course Saturday February 18 from 9AM to Noon SUNY Adirondack

Woodlot Management for Forest Owners 101

What is your goal by owing a woodlot? Do you want to improve the overall ecology? Increase timber production? Expand hunting opportunities? All three and many more? Then plan on attending this 3 hour course hosted by SUNY Adirondack that will provide you with a basic introduction to woodlot and forest management and will help you to understand what opportunities you may have.

Woodlot Management Course Flyer

Conservation Stewardship Program

The United States Department of Agriculture has made funding available to agricultural producers and forest landowners for certain stewardship practices. Please read the announcement letter and this link will take you directly to the Conservation Stewardship Program page (CSP). There are specific requirements for the program, so please review the information and if you have any questions you can contact USDA NRCS at 518.692.9940.

Echo Lake Water Quality Assessment

At the request of the Town of Warrensburg, the Warren County SWCD just completed a short water quality assessment of Echo Lake in Warrensburg NY. Please feel free to download the report or contact our office with any questions.

Warren County MS4

Click to Download The Draft Warren County 2015-2016 Municipal Separate Stormwater System Annual Report is now available for public review and comment.

The report is also available electronically at the Warren County Website.

A hardcopy is available at the Warren County DPW office and at the Warren County SWCD office.

The public comment period is open from April 25, 2016 until the close of business (4:30 PM) on May 18, 2016.

Please contact Jim Lieberum at the SWCD (623.3119) with any questions or comments. Comments will be accepted by hardcopy mail or by fax (518.623.3519).

Queensbury MS4

Click to Download The Draft Town of Queensbury 2015-2016 Municipal Separate Stormwater System Annual Report is now available for public review and comment.

A hardcopy is available at the Town Of Queensbury Office and at the Warren County Soil & Water Office.

The public comment period is open from April 29, 2016 until the close of business May 30, 2016.

Please contact Jim Lieberum at the SWCD (623.3119) with any questions or comments. Comments will be accepted by hardcopy mail or by fax (518.623.3519).

2015 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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The 2015 SWCD Conservationist of the Year

The Village of Lake George Department of Public Works was awarded the 2015 Warren County SWCD Conservationist of the Year. The District has worked with the DPW on numerous projects, specifically working to reduce impacts from stormwater to Lake George. The DPW was the major reason the English Brook Exit 22 project was moved forward and is ready for a 2016 completion. The DPW is always willing to lend a hand with stormwater abatement and habitat conservation or improvement projects, which benefit the community.

Pictured are Frank Thomas (SWCD Chair), John Earl (Deputy Mayor Village of LG), and Dave Harrington (VLG DPW Superintendent).

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: http://www.warrencountynyhmp.com/Pages/default.aspx.

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.

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.

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