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The Special Projects Fund program was suspended in SFY2009-10 when FLLOWPA's budget was drastically reduced. To date, the program has not been reinstated because FLLOWPA's funding has not been restored to baseline levels of $2.3 million.

What is FLLOWPA's Special Projects Fund?


The Water Resources Board (governing body of FLLOWPA) administers the competitive Special Projects Fund to encourage multi-county collaboration and watershed-based programming. The Water Resources Board seeks project proposals consistent with the mission statement of FLLOWPA:

To facilitate processes that encourage watershed partnerships and implementation
of action plans to protect and enhance water quality based on:

Local needs assessments
Holistic approaches
Information exchange and public education
Measurable goals and milestones for continuous improvement

Who Can Apply?

A Request for Proposals is usually issued in September of each year, including specific eligibility requirements; guidelines for proposals; and criteria for evaluation. Innovative and collaborative projects are encouraged. For administrative purposes, one FLLOWPA county - and its representative agency on the Water Resources Board - must be identified as the lead agency on the project. However, other agencies, academic institutions, municipalities, and non-governmental organizations are encouraged to partner on projects. Proposal ideas may come from cooperators who may enlist the lead agency.

Project Results and Reports

As sharing information is a primary goal of FLLOWPA, outcomes of SPF projects are reported on at the annual FLLOWPA Spring Workshop, Substainable Watersheds Conference, Full Board Meetings and/or are available in written format through the lead agency and Water Resources Board.

History of Projects Funded

1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2007 | 2008

2008 - 2009 FLLOWPA Special Projects Fund

Chemung County SWCD has been awarded $8,470 to conduct The Use of Rain Gardens, Rain Barrels and Downspouts for Reduction of Stormwater Runoff: Practical Solutions for Homeowners Project.
Hamilton County has been awarded $10,000 to conduct Knotweed Eradication in Hamilton and Herkimer Counties.
Herkimer County SWCD has been awarded $12,000 for the Stormwater Management – Interactive Web-Based Module for MS4’s Project.
Jefferson County SWCD has been awarded $15,000 to conduct the Onsite Waste Water Treatment Facility Installation at 4-H Camp Wabasso, Jefferson County Project.
Madison County Planning Department has been awarded $15,000 to conduct the Chittenango Creek Bank Stabilization and Multi-Use Trail Protection Project.
Oswego County SWCD has been awarded $24,740 for the Innovative Method to Expand Water Chestnut Control for Long-Term Control Project.
Seneca County SWCD has been awarded $12,500 to conduct the Secondary Fuel Containment for Agricultural Producers in Seneca and Cayuga Counties Project.

2007 – 2008 FLLOWPA Special Projects Fund

Cayuga County has been awarded $15,000 to conduct the “Feasibility Study and Preliminary Cost Benefit Analysis for the Owasco Inlet Channel and Owasco Flats Restoration Project.”
Madison County has been awarded $25,000 to conduct the “Limestone Creek Restoration Project.”
Monroe County has been awarded $5,575 to conduct the “Black Creek Watershed Planning Outreach and Communication Project.”
Niagara County’s Soil and Water Conservation District has been awarded $17,670 to conduct the “Eighteenmile Creek Area of Concern Education and Outreach Project.”
Oneida County’s Soil and Water Conservation District has been awarded $21,992 to conduct the “Oneida Lake Watershed Education Initiative.”
Wayne County’s Soil and Water Conservation District has been awarded $2,058 to conduct the “Feasibility Study for Floating Weed Control on Great Sodus Bay, Part II Project.”

2003 FLLOWPA Special Projects Fund: $50,677

Water Chestnut Control in the Seneca-Oswego-Oneida River System
Sponsored by the Oswego County SWCD, in partnership with Onondaga and Madison counties. Other collaborators include members of the CNY Water Chestnut Taskforce, Oneida Lake Association, and Granby Clear Water Association.
Developing and Conducting a Voluntary On-Site Wastewater Treatment Contractor Certification Program
Sponsored by the Steuben County SWCD, in partnership with Keuka Watershed Improvement Cooperative, Yates County SWCD, Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association, and Seneca Lake Area Partners in Five Counties
Oak Orchard Watershed Protection Alliance
Sponsored by Orleans County SWCD, in partnership with Genesee County SWCD.
Education and Monitoring Program to Reduce External Phosphorus Loads to Owasco and Cayuga Lakes
Sponsored by the Cayuga County Water Quality Management Agency, in collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County.
FLLOWPA Education and Outreach Project
Lewis County SWCD

2002 Special Projects Fund: $77,500

Watershed Monitoring Program for Taughannock and Trumanbsurg Creek Watersheds
lead is Schulyer County
Water Chestnut Control in the Seneca-Oswego-Oneida River System
lead is Madison County
Regional Erosion and Sediment Control Workshop
lead is Livingston County
Development of a Practical Introductory Guide: A Graphical Introduction for the Interested Public on Stream Functions and their Interaction with Stormwater
lead is Chemung County
Application of a Hydrodynamic Model Related to Coliform Contamination in Owasco Lake
lead is Cayuga County
Village of Wellsville Stormwater Management Project
lead is Allegany County
Volunteer Water Monitoring Demonstration Project
lead is Hamilton County
AEM Working to Protect Water Quality Video Set
lead is Yates County

2001 Special Projects Fund: $48,148

Highway Superintendents Roads & Water Quality Education Program
A collaborative educational effort aimed at village, city, and town highway superintendents to enhance and strengthen the implementation of the Water Quality Bond Act Roads Stabilization Grant awarded to Canandaigua, Keuka and Seneca Lakes.
Collaborators: Chemung, Yates, Ontario, Schulyer, Steuben, and Seneca County SWCDs, and Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council
Land Coverage Data Development for the Canandaigua Lake Watershed
To obtain digital land coverage data of the entire watershed and to use this data resource in combination with current watershed sampling program to determine pollution sources and reduce their impacts.
Collaborators: Ontario County Planning, Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council, Yates County SWCD
Algae Bed Patterns in the Rochester Embayment and Western Shoreline of Lake Ontario
Generation of data on the distribution and growth patterns of nuisance algae in the Lake Ontario nearshore area which can be used to define watershed management actions.
Collaborators: Rochester Institute of Technology, Monroe County Health Department and Orleans and Niagara County SWCDs
Monitoring the Trophic State of Cayuga Lake
Secure equipment for an enhanced monitoring program to document Cayuga Lake and its tributaries for phosphorous, ammonia, total dissolved solids, dissolved oxygen, temperature, chlorophyll a, and total and fecal coliform bacteria.
Collaborators: Tompkins and Seneca County SWCDs, Tompkins County Planning, and City of Ithaca
Determining Species Diversity in Herkimer and Oneida County Waters
as an Indicator of Watershed Health

Implementation of a biological monitoring program to establish and document changes in watershed health.
Collaborators: Herkimer and Oneida County Water Quality Coordinating Committees, Upper Mohawk Valley Regional Water Board

2000 Special Projects Fund: $48,148

Finger Lakes-Lake Ontario Watershed: A Water Resources Journey through Interactive Learning
Develop a computer based learning module on the Lake Ontario watershed for use in schools and other educational forums (county and state fairs, civic groups, etc.)
Collaborators: Syracuse University School of Education, School Districts, and FLLOWPA Counties
Development of Municipal Participation in a Watershed Management Plan for the Oatka Creek
Issue identification among municipal stakeholders and development of a framework for municipal involvement in a watershed management planning process.
Collaborators: Genesee, Monroe, and Wyoming Counties and Oatka Creek Watershed Committee
Field Fluorometer Water Quality Testing Program
Purchase of equipment and delivery of program to more accurately identify sources of well water contamination in an area where more than 50% of private wells test positive for coliform bacteria.
Collaborators: Jefferson County SWCD and Water Quality Coordination Committee, DEC Region 6
Water Chestnut Management on Oneida Lake
Computerized mapping of areas of Water Chestnut infestation and workshop among stakeholders to identify management strategies and options.
Collaborators: Oswego and Madison Counties, DEC Region 7, Cornell University, Oneida Lake Association

1999 Special Projects Fund: $48,148

Finger Lakes-Lake Ontario Watershed: A Water Resources Journey through Interactive Learning, Onondaga County Health Dept. with Syracuse University
Municipal Participation in a Watershed Management Plan for Oatka Creek Watershed, Genesee County SWCD with Monroe County, WQCC, Wyoming County SWCD and Oatka Creek Watershed Committee
Field Fluorometer Water Quality Testing Program, Jefferson County SWCD and WQCC with DEC Region 6
Developing a Comprehensive Multi-County Approach to Water Chestnut Management in Oneida Lake, Oswego County Planning and SWCD, and multiple stakeholders

1998 Special Projects Fund: $50,000

Interpretive signs for alternative septic system designs, NYS Onsite Wastewater Treatment Training Center, Madison County Planning Department, SUNY Morrisville
Honeoye Lake Tributary Monitoring Program, Ontario County Planning Department, Honeoye Valley Association
Workshop to Evaluate Available Controls of Invasive Nuisance Aquatic Plants, Steuben County SWCD, Tompkins County Planning Dept., Cornell University, and NYSDEC
Keuka Lake Looking Ahead Management Plan Public Education Initiative, Yates County SWCD, Steuben County SWCD, Keuka Lake Association, Keuka Watershed Improvement Cooperative
Lake Ontario Embayment Education Initiative, Wayne County SWCD, and Jefferson, Oswego, Cayuga, Monroe County Water Quality Coordinating Committees and Orleans and Niagara County SWCDs, SUNY Brockport

1997 Special Projects Fund: $50,000

Johnson and Jeddo Creek Restoration Project, Orleans County
Seneca Lake Watershed Residential Environmental Risk Survey, Chemung County
Cayuga Lake Watershed Network Support Initiative, Seneca County
Honeoye Lake Strategic Plan Coordination, Ontario County
Keuka Lake Looking Ahead Watershed Management Plan, Yates County
The Johnson and Jeddo Creek Restoration Project reduces erosion of sediments into these Lake Ontario tributaries and improves fish habitat. The other projects support components of comprehensive watershed management programs for four Finger Lakes: Seneca, Cayuga, Honeoye and Keuka.

1996 Special Projects Fund: $45,000

FLLOWPA/USGS Cooperative GIS Metadata Project
State of the New York Lake Ontario Basin Report

Kristy LaManche, Program Coordinator
Sandy Tuori-Bell, Program Assistant
Water Resources Board
3105 NYS Route 3
Fulton, NY 13069
T: 315-592-9663 F: 315-592-9595
Finger Lakes - Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance is a coalition of all 25 counties in New York State's Lake Ontario drainage basin.
FLLOWPA fosters coordinated watershed management programs across the Lake Ontario Basin based on local needs.
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