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About this Committee
The Warren County Water Quality Strategy was an outgrowth of the federal Water Quality Act of 1987, Section 319, which required states to prepare a nonpoint source pollution assessment report and management program. The goal of this act was to determine the extent of NPS problems in each state and to develop mechanisms to deal with the problem. Funding has been provided through Section 319 to implement this management program for many years.
In New York, the State Soil and Water Conservation Committee developed a process whereby local people, working with their county’s Soil and Water Conservation District and other involved agencies, could identify and determine practical solutions for water quality problems in their county. Working with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the District in each county in New York State held assessment meetings to update DEC’s “stressed stream segment analysis”, in order to verify where areas of water quality impairment existed. Upon completion of the stream segment assessment, DEC created the Priority Waterbodies List (PWL) in 1991 which listed the waterbodies in each county that had a water quality impairment.
From 1991-1992, the NYS Soil and Water Conservation Committee facilitated the formation of 57 County Water Quality Coordinating Committees across the state to develop and implement local strategies to address nonpoint source issues. By 1993, all 57 counties (including Warren) had completed a County Water Quality Strategy which was to serve as a guideline for local efforts to protect and improve water quality in their county. The current Strategy is a revision of that original, and has evolved into an educational document which provides access to water quality initiatives of Warren County Water Quality Coordinating Committee members.
Since the early 1990’s, Warren County has been fortunate to have an excellent group of representatives on its Water Quality Strategy Committee. Included on the Committee are federal, state and local government employees, members of lake associations and other organizations, and private citizens. The technical expertise of the committee members and their willingness to work together has led to numerous projects and programs being undertaken to protect and improve our water quality. The Committee acts as an independent, non-advocacy group. Its structure allows it to work independently of political agendas which may conflict with the Committee’s water quality improvement goals.
Meeting approximately every two months, the Committee works to continually assess and improve the water bodies of Warren County. The Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District has been designated by Committee vote to lead this Committee, and the District also handles all financial matters including bookkeeping. A Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary are elected annually.
- Chair – Jim Lieberum, Warren County Soil & Water Conservation District
- Vice-Chair – Allison Gaddy, Lake Champlain – Lake George Regional Planning
- Secretary – TBD