Tompkins County
New York

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Tompkins County Natural Infrastructure Capital Project Update - Scott Doyle, Planning Department (15 minutes)


Department:Planning and Sustainability DepartmentSponsors:
Category:EnvironmentalFunctions:Capital Program

Meeting History

Jun 29, 2017 3:00 PM  Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee Regular Meeting

Mr. Doyle provided a PowerPoint presentation entitled regarding Tompkins County Natural Infrastructure Capital Program, 2017 Implementation Update. He stated the intention of investing in the natural infrastructure is to reduce the costs related to flooding and water quality improvements. The core focus of the program is to preserve and protect the natural systems to mitigate flood impacts, protect the overall water quality, and decrease the sediment loads.

Mr. Doyle explained the three major components of the watershed as follows:

· Upper Watershed Forests and Wetlands,

· Stream Corridors and Floodplains, and

· Aquifer Recharge Areas.

Mr. Doyle stated the tools to protect the natural infrastructure include the implementation of conservation easement, recapping of floodplains, comprehensive stream bank restoration, innovative storm water techniques, and aquifer recharge area protection.

Mr. Doyle provided a brief description of the Natural Infrastructure Program Development beginning with approval of the initial funding by the Legislature. Mr. Marx explained how the landowners are motivated to protect their farms and in doing so they are willing to work on these natural protection areas on their lands.

Mr. Doyle stated projects are being reviewed from all parts of the County. The three proposed projects being considered are:

· The Lounsbery Tract - Six Mile Creek Source Water Protection Project

· The Etna Swamp - Brotherton Farm Protection Project

· The Emerald Necklace / Charles Spencer Preserver: Ott Tract Protection Project

Jul 18, 2017 5:30 PM Media Tompkins County Legislature Regular Meeting

Mr. Marx, Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability, and Scott Doyle, Associate Planner, provided a PowerPoint presentation and update on the Tompkins County Natural Infrastructure Capital Projects.