Upcoming Events

Important Notice

We are closed to the public and staff are limited in the in-office time and staff are working at home.

To participate in the October meeting, please click on the Zoom link on the meeting agenda


The Warren County Tree Challenge

Many people recognize the commercial and recreational values of trees, but did you know that they also prevent soil erosion, increase ecological benefits, such as providing habitat for wildlife and help to reduce stormwater runoff in urban situations?

The Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District is looking to find what you think is an interesting tree - age, height, girth, historic, unique species, …..

If you're interested in identifying a significant tree or simply visiting what others found, then check out the Warren County Tree Challenge.

Click this link: Remarkable Trees and login as a guest.

Feel free contact our office if you have any questions about using the App or species identification! Phone: 518.623.3119 or Email: Maren Alexander at marenalexander@nycap.rr.com Interested in learning more about Forest Health and what to look for? Check out the NYSDEC webpage on Forest Invasive Pests to learn about what to look for: https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/4969.html

Flyer


Invasive Plant Zoom Workshops

We have partnered with the Lake George Land Conservancy to host three Riparian and Aquatic Invasive Plant zoom workshops. Join us to learn about the threats of these invasive plants, how to identify, monitor and manage these species. Monica Dore, from LGLC, will also be speaking a bit on the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid if you are interested in learning more about forest pests in our watershed.

For more information about this training and to register for your own Scouting and Restoration Toolkit, see the attached flyer.


Fall Fish Order

The Warren County SWCD sells fish (trout, bass & minnows) to interested pond owners in Warren County. We purchase these fish from a private fish hatchery in central New York. This program helps local pond owners stock their ponds.

Fish Order Form


Erosion, Sediment Control and Stormwater Training

The Warren County SWCD is hosting a series of 4 Hour NYS DEC Endorsed Erosion and Sediment Control trainings via Zoom. This covers the trained individual requirement from the NYSDEC Stormwater General Permit for construction, and the attendee’s certificate is valid for three years.

All of our remaining training dates for 2020 are listed on this announcement. A registration link is provided in the announcement, along with a link for online credit card registration payments. Please contact our office if you have any questions about the training or if you are having problems registering.


2019-2020 Warren County Municipal Seperate Storm Sewer System (Ms4) Annual Report

Here is the 2019-2020 Warren County Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Annual Report.


Conservationist of the Year—Steve Lovering

In 2019 the District recognized Steve Lovering, Director of the Queensbury Parks and Recreation (QPR), as its Conservationist of the Year. For many years, Steve has provided enthusiasm and support to a variety of joint QPR-District projects and programs in the town. The District has worked with the QPR on Halfway Brook (proper), Hovey Park, Gurney Lane, Hudson Point Nature Preserve, Hudson River Park, Glen Lake Boat Launch, Meadowbrook Preserve and Rush Pond Trail. The projects are varied and include invasive species control, habitat improvement, trail establishment, water quality improvements, and trailside education.

Steve understands the importance of local lakes, streams and other natural resources and works with the District for project ideas and the implementation of projects for protection of these critical features. He requests assistance with planning and implementation for a variety of projects including trails, habitat improvement, environmental education, and water quality. The District believes that Steve's willingness, his foresight when it comes to conservation projects and his support of resource protection is absolutely essential for the long-term sustainability and improvement of our local natural resources.


Ronald Montesi Conservation Recognition Awards

This award is given to an active member of locally-led conservation projects with the District and has gone above and beyond to protect natural resources of Warren County. 2019’s award recipients:


Community, Work & Independence (CWI Team) has worked with us for the last two years to bring over 40 volunteers out three times each summer to sample stormwater outfalls, install storm drain markers and participate in stream cleanups. Halfway Brook has never been so clean!


Teresa Whalen of Adirondack Harvest has played an active roll not only within her community but with her participation and willingness to work with the District on promoting agriculture in Warren County. Teresa puts her best foot forward to get conservation projects done!


Leon Steves has worked with the District on projects which include Queensbury Land Conservancy (QLC) trails and the Town's MS4 program. Leon reaches out to the District for advice to minimize impacts for QLC projects and requests permit assistance.he also can be counted on to assist with the yearly Halfway Brook Stream cleanup!




2019 Annual Report

A brief summary of some of the many projects and programs undertaken by your local Conservation District in 2019.

2019 Annual Report


2018-2019 MS4 Reports

The 2018-2019 Warren County MS4 Report is available here.

For questions, comments, concerns please call the Warren County MS4 Hotline - 824-8840

The 2018-2019 Queensbury MS4 Report is available here.

For questions, comments, concerns please call the Town of Queensbury MS4 Hotline - 761-8212


Spotted Lanternfly – Pest Alert!

Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, is an invasive pest from Asia. It was first found in Pennsylvania in 2014 and was recently detected in Albany and Yates counties. This species primarily feeds on tree of heaven, but also feeds on several other fruit trees and hardwood species. Nymphs and adults damage trees by sucking sap from stems and leaves. By removing the sap, they can severely reduce the rate of photosynthesis and eventually lead to a tree’s death. The establishment of spotted lanternfly in New York would greatly affect apple, grape and other agricultural markets. If you found spotted lanternflies, contact the NYSDEC Lands and Forests Department immediately. Click the links to find information about distribution, damage, lifecycle, and where to look for spotted lanternflies. Photo taken from https://entomologytoday.org

NYSDEC Spotted Lanternfly

USDA Spotted Lanternfly

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Insect, Plant, and Plant Disease Identification at the Diagnostic Lab

The NYSDEC forest health program offers a free service to residents to send in photos or samples of insects, plants, and plant diseases that they need identified. Information about submission forms and handling instructions can be found at the website listed below.

https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/79716.html







2016 Hazard Mitigation Plan

The 2016 Warren County Hazard Mitigation Plan is now available for Download!


Eurasian Watermilfoil Identification


This video was taken in Schroon Lake to show the difference between the highly invasive Eurasian Watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) and the native Northern Watermilfoil (Myriophyllum sibiricum). What this video also demonstrates is all the hard work and funding that has gone into Schroon Lake to remove the invasive Eurasian Watermilfoil and keep it at a very limited and manageable population throughout the lake. The video shows very few, young, single stem Eurasian Watermilfoil plants scattered amongst lush native aquatic vegetation. Schroon Lake is a great example of what years of team work and hard work can accomplish in the battle against invasive species.

- If you pause the video at 00:47 you will notice the native Northern Watermilfoil on the left and the invasive Eurasian Watermilfoil on the right.
- We then swim through some native eelgrass and at 01:06 is another single stem Eurasian Watermilfoil in the center of the screen.
- As we continue to swim through beautiful Schroon Lake, at 01:34 is another single stem young Eurasian Watermilfoil plant in the foreground center of the screen.
- 02:02 you will see another single stem Eurasian Watermilfoil plant.


We hope this video is helpful and informative and we encourage the community to continue to learn the identification of aquatic invasive species so you can help survey your favorite lake from above or below!



New York State Prohibited Plants

In September of 2014 the NYSDEC and the NYS Department of Ag and Markets enacted invasive species regulation that affects terrestrial and aquatic plants.
Please take a moment to download this information, as it may affect you or your municipality.


Rural Roads Active Management Program (RRAMP)

Utilizing funding provided by the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP), CWICNY, the County Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and municipal/County DPW’s throughout the watershed are finalizing a new roadside protection program that will provide guidance and assistance to municipalities when facing challenges with secondary roads. This program, named the Rural Roads Active Management Program, or RRAMP, encourages the use of best management practices to increase resiliency of infrastructure, reduce erosion, protect natural resources, and save time and money. This is being achieved through a multi-faceted effort, which includes the initial planning for a system that would allow local municipalities and private landowners to obtain funding for projects, much like the Vermont Better Back Roads Program, and also through the creation and production of two educational guides for local municipalities, the Rural Roads Best Management Practices Manual and the Rural Roads Active Management Program Field Guide. These documents outline the proper methods for stabilizing an restructuring roadside ditches, and provide references for policy creation and municipal planning for roadside efforts.



Historical Aerial Images

We are happy to announce the development of an interactive on-line portal for the public to be able to access the county’s historic aerial imagery from their home or business. Several years ago we began scanning in our imagery (1948, 1966, 1982 and 1990) to have them on our computers. However with the change in technology we felt that there was an opportunity to have this information active for the public on the web. The Town of Queensbury and the Warren County GIS Departments have been exceptionally helpful as partners in order to succeed. In essence, you will be able to access the website and view a current image such as a Google Map and compare it with any of the historic images. It will not overlay on top of the new image, but you will be able to toggle between the images to compare them. You will not need any special software, just click here. Please contact us with any questions.


These pictures represent projects that the District has worked on in the county.