Center for Regional Excellence
   4039 Route 219, Suite 200
   Salamanca, New York  14779
   Phone: 716.945.5301 
   Fax: 716.945.5550



Water should be recognized as a key asset for future economic growth, employment, social development, environmental sustainability and political stability. Watershed planning helps to protect and improve the quality of life, quality of uses, land use management, and land value. Watershed planning brings attention to the delicate balancing act associated with uses and priorities such as fishing, boating, drinking water, aesthetics, agricultural uses, industrial uses, and bathing/swimming. In order to ensure that various water uses do not come into conflict with each other, it is recognized that active resource planning and management is necessary.

Regional Watershed Coalition

The Southern Tier West Regional Watershed Coalition was established to assist Southern Tier West in developing a Watershed Management Program, implementing various projects, and improve stormwater management practices through stormwater trainings and demonstrations. Approximately 25 agencies from Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany Counties are members of the Coalition.  From the Coalition’s membership an Education Committee was also established with approximately ten agencies represented.

Regional Watershed Assessment

In 2010, Southern Tier West received funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to implement a Regional Watershed Assessment. The original purpose of the project was to conduct an assessment on the four watershed basins located in the Southern Tier West Region (Lake Erie, Allegheny River, Genesee River, and Chemung Creek), to include characterization of the watersheds, identification of key issues and questions, and description of current conditions. During the initial stages of implementation, input from the Regional Watershed Task Force (later renamed the Regional Watershed Coalition) steered the project toward a concerted effort to 1) document current understanding of stormwater management and related considerations, 2) illustrate linkages between stormwater management considerations and economic challenges faced by municipalities in the STW region, and 3) set the stage to begin systemically and proactively addressing these issues, thus moving away from the more expensive, but much more common, reactive approach.

Stormwater Management Education and Training
In 2013, Southern Tier West received funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission to implement a Stormwater Management Education and Training Program. This program is a direct result of the recommendations of the Southern Tier West Regional Watershed Coalition during the implementation of the Regional Watershed Assessment project. Through a municipal survey and a mapping exercise that was conducted; and the numerous meetings and discussions over the period of the Assessment project; the number one need expressed was Education.

          Work accomplished under this Program included:
          Established Annual Stormwater/Management Conference
          Established Stormwater Outdoor Demonstration Training Facility
          Inventory and Mapping of Strutural Conditions

Southern Tier West, with the assistance of the Regional Watershed Coalition, continues to provide training, education, and outreach to municipal officials, contractors, developers, and residents within the region on stormwater management.

County Water Quality Councils (CWQC's)

Southern Tier West participates in CWQC meetings in Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties and works to re-establish the Council in Allegany County. The agency provides training materials and assistance as needed to the CWQC's and coordinates information between them. STW works with the CWQC's to research funding opportunities and encourages them to become more active in gap analysis and outreach to the region's municipalities.

Non-Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) Tasks

There are no designated MS4's in the Southern Tier West region; however, the topography causes significant flash flood events resulting in severe erosion and sedimentation that can be beneficially addressed through a quality stormwater education program. Southern Tier West provides assistance to local governments through various activities, which include:

~ Implementation of land use/stormwater management ordinances
~ Mapping and inventory of stormwater infrastructure through GIS and GPS technologies
~ Forming coalitions to address stormwater management issues and in creating districts to provide sustainable funding
~ Provide support in the coordination between the multiple Chautauqua Lake Coalitions

For more information on the STW Watershed Program, please contact Jonathon Mayr at 716.945.5550 ext 2232 or