Water Resources Protection

Better Site Design

Better site design (or Low Impact Development) is a process by which local governments can review their zoning codes and ordinances to minimize impervious cover and promote conservation of natural areas because the land development process has a significant impact on our watersheds.

Pond Management

The Pond Guidebook from NRAES and Cooperative Extension (2007) is available to help landowners properly manage their ponds. The guidebook addresses many concerns related to ponds, including guidelines for developing and maintaining ponds.

Septic Systems and Wastewater

A septic system can be a cost-effective and convenient solution to wastewater treatment, but it must be regularly inspected and maintained to function properly and prevent contamination of nearby wells, groundwater, and streams.
Well Maintenance and Groundwater Protection
Resources to help homeowners maintain their private well water systems properly and municipalities to protect groundwater resources through local land use authority.

Stormwater Management

Stormwater management is extremely important. Water that runs off the various surfaces in our communities picks up sediment and chemicals and carries them to our waterways, untreated!

Stream Management & Flood Prevention

Healthy, intact streams provide a number of critically important functions for our water resources and communities. Find out more in the 2008 ESAN report, and Cornell Stand by Your Stream Fact Sheets.

Water Quality Information for Consumers

Cornell Cooperative Extension provides information for consumers about drinking water safety, home water treatment, wells, septic systems, bottled water, and other water quality issues. The goal is to enable consumers to protect their health, financial resources, and local watersheds.