Tuesday, December 3, 2019

St. Lawrence River Watershed Survey Underway

St Lawrence River Watershed ProjectSt. Lawrence River Watershed Project partners, including the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), have released a survey seeking input from New Yorkers with knowledge of the watershed, which includes a large area of the Adirondacks.

The short online survey seeks information from the public about interactions with these land and water resources, and how a revitalization plan can address regional concerns. The survey will be open until January 15, 2020.

Survey results are expected to help guide St. Lawrence River Watershed Project partners in the development of a revitalization plan. The watershed planning process is considering natural resource protection, economic investment, regional sustainability, and community revitalization.

The St. Lawrence Watershed lies at the border of New York State and Canada. The St. Lawrence River serves as the gateway between the North Atlantic and the Great Lakes. At its most downstream point in the United States, the Saint Lawrence drains an area of nearly 300,000 square miles.

The area within New York State covered by the watershed revitalization plan includes a 5,600-square-mile region that spans the northern and western Adirondack mountains and the lake plains of the St. Lawrence Valley, including the villages and cities of Clayton, Alexandria Bay, Theresa, Potsdam, Canton, Tupper Lake, Paul Smith’s, Ogdensburg, Malone, and Massena.

To learn more about the St. Lawrence River watershed, contact Emily Sheridan, Eastern Great Lakes Watershed coordinator, at (315) 785-2382 or email Emily.sheridan@dec.ny.gov.

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3 Responses

  1. greg ely says:

    we’ve been voicing our opinions about this and its getting worse, someone isnt listening. when you look at places that have to deal with flooding the issue usually doesnt come from the sky. it is a direct result of land development and land use. every home, groups of homes, buildings, parking lots, roadways shed water to adjacent properties and it keeps building up as it flows away. more farmers are installing miles of drainage pipe and that water too is taken away and compounding as its taken away. its like all of our land has a poly covering on it and it does overwhelm the rivers. why are wells going dry while the st lawrence water level is maxed out. why are the ducks gone. think about it, we have to retain more water.

  2. greg ely says:

    our opinions should be taken seriously. i for one live on the st lawrence river and have been using it for hunting, fishing, and work for 45 yrs. not only has land use drainage overwhelmed the river, the quality of shed water will kill it soon. every roadway, sidewalk in the cities and villages pur a toxic cocktail of oils, antfreezes, brake and tire dust, along with pesticides, foodwaste, you name it its in there. every community should have a filtering system on storm drains, and it doesnt have to break the bank. weirs should also be implemented in our sluice pipes, drainage ditches

    • Boreas says:


      Opinions matter little with government. Only votes to get into office and money to stay in office get a politician’s attention. If we elect politicians who’s platform is to roll back environmental regulation, that’s exactly what we get. We have to vote smarter. Vote for the person, not the political party. And keep their feet to the fire.

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