FLLOWPA provided funds for the Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) to stabilize the shoreline of Owasco Lake in Emerson Park in the area of the sailboat launch. Sediment and nutrients were being washed into the lake as this area underwent major erosion, especially in the winter. The sediment and nutrients from this erosion affected the water quality in the north end of Owasco Lake. This decline in water quality could negatively affect the drinking water for the City of Auburn and the Town of Owasco since their water intakes are in the north end of Owasco Lake. It could also affect the use of the lake as a swimming beach and cause sedimentation in the original outlet channel in the park. As this area is a public access point to Owasco Lake, not only water quality is being affected by the erosion, but public perception of the lake as well.
Cost: $25,000 of FLLOWPA funds; Cayuga County SWCD provided the rock used in the project. This rock is worth $40 per ton so they provided $960.20 in-kind.
Partners: Cayuga County SWCD, Cayuga County Parks and Trails
Chemung County Soil and Water Conservation District utilized FLLOWPA funding to assist with the construction of a compacted berm to protect 7 houses from being flooded. The District also used FLLOWPA funding to remove a gravel berm along a trout stream to re-connect the floodplain.
Cost: $94,000; $44,000 in FLLOWPA funds; $40,000.00 from State Parks; $4,000.00-Town of Veteran; $6,000.00-Ag & Markets and a great deal of in-kind services.
Partners: Town of Veteran; Town of Erin; New York State Parks; Town of Big Flats; Town of Horseheads; Chemung Co. SWCD; Town of Catlin; Town of Elmira; Chemung Co. Stormwater; and NYSEG
The Town of Victor Highway Department, Ontario County, consists of several large equipment storage buildings and acres of impervious parking lot. Roof leaders directed water to the parking area where it collected grease, petroleum and other pollutants before running off the site.The Town of Victor and its Highway Department are classified as MS4s by NYSDEC, and are required under Phase II SPDES regulations to implement a stormwater management program.
A rain garden was designed and installed utilizing FLLOWPA funding and through a partnership with in-kind support from the Town of Victor Highway Department and Ontario County SWCD. An interpretive sign was installed to help educate the public about the benefits of rain gardens.
Cost: $11,000 in FLLOWPA funds with in-kind contributions from the Town of Victor and Ontario County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Partners: Town of Victor Highway Department, Ontario County Soil and Water Conservation District
There was a significant bank failure on a stream just off of Pearl Street in the Town of Dix, Schuyler County, causing a historic cemetery to be at severe risk. This collapse caused a great potential for loss of head stones and caskets. Just downstream another actively eroding bank threatened a home, septic and garage. The Schuyler County Soil and Water Conservation District, through the FLLOWPA program, was able to have an immediate response to stabilize both collapses. The project was completed in less than three days and the grave sites, home, septic, and garage were saved. The District utilized toe slope stabilization and stacked rock stabilization to accomplish these efforts.
Cost: This project had a total cost of nearly $28,000. The Town paid for their own personnel and equipment. The Town of Hector donated the use of their machine. Chemung Soil and Water donated the erosion control fabric. The FLLOWPA program cost shared the rock-rip rap and cost of the District operator, along with funds from Schuyler County for our Schuyler County Streams program.
Partners: The District utilized their equipment operator and hydroseeder, the Town of Hector’s excavator and low bed, erosion control mating from Chemung County Soil and Water Conservation District, as well as equipment from the Town of Dix to install this project.
Chapman Road in the Town of Hector started to collapse from a significant failure of a culvert outlet structure on a large road cross culvert. In the past, gabion baskets had been installed to stabilize this outlet area. Over time the gabion baskets failed causing an instant and catastrophic failure of the outlet area and Chapman Road itself. The Schuyler County Soil and Water Conservation District, through the FLLOWPA program, was able to have an immediate response to get the closed road re-opened and most importantly safe again. The District utilized their equipment operator and some of their equipment, along with an immense amount of equipment and two other operators from the Town of Hector, to install this project. The project was completed in less than two days and the road was re-opened. Rock rip was utilized to create a stacked rock wall to stabilize the collapsed area.
Cost: This project had a total cost of nearly $40,000. The Town paid for their own personnel and equipment. The FLLOWPA program cost shared the rock-rip rap and cost of our operator, along with funds from Schuyler County for our Schuyler County Streams program.
Partners: Schuyler County Soil and Water Conservation District and Town of Hector
This fall the Town of Ovid Highway Department, Seneca County, completed 3 roadbank stabilization projects on Blew, Parish & Hall Roads. FLLOWPA funds were used to pay for the rock rip rap; while the Town Highway Department did the work. Rock rip rap helps stabilize the roadbanks, slows the water down and reduces erosion.
Partners: Seneca County Soil and Water Conservation District, Town of Ovid
FLLOWPA funds were also used to cost share the installation of 600 feet of dripline drain at a farm in Seneca County. Over the course of a year, approximately 500,000 gallons of roof water will be collected and directed to a protected outlet away from the mortality compost pad and farm access roads.
Cost: The total cost was $12,505.07 with FLLOWPA at 75% or $9,378.80 which covered the cost of material.
FLLOWPA funds were used at a dairy farm in Seneca County to exclude animals from an unnamed tributary that drains directly to Cayuga Lake. A small section of animal trail and fence was also installed to direct animals through the riparian area to the pasture.
Cost: The job cost $12,897; FLLOWPA $10,104 and EQIP $2,793.
Lastly, the Seneca County Soil and Water Conservation District utilizes FLLOWPA funding to operate 2 aquatic plant harvesters on Cayuga Lake, Seneca Lake, and the Cayuga-Seneca Canal, removing approximately 1,000 tons of aquatic plant material each year. In 2015, the District’s aquatic harvesters quickly responded to a new infestation of water chestnut in the northern end of Cayuga Lake and will continue to monitor the site for several more years. FLLOWPA funding has been critical to the long term success of this program and its ability to rapidly respond and remove new infestations.
FLLOWPA funds were used to perform emergency stream restoration work after a May 2014 storm created flooding and stream damage in Yates County. This project utilized the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s “Post Flood Emergency Stream Intervention” system to repair damage along 2,800’ of stream corridor.
Cost: The total project cost is estimated to be $26,000. FLLOWPA support was $5,500 and in-kind support was $21,500
Partners: Yates County Soil and Water Conservation District, Yates County Highway Department, Chemung County Soil and Water Conservation District and Schuyler County Soil and Water Conservation District.