Tompkins County
New York

Report or Discussion Item

Cayuga Lake Watershed Intermunicipal Organization


Department:Tompkins County Council of GovernmentsSponsors:
Category:Intermunicipal Related

Meeting History

Mar 22, 2018 3:00 PM  Tompkins County Council of Governments Regular Meeting

Mr. Dietrich said at a previous meeting he asked TCCOG members to provide letters of support for the upcoming Watershed Conference to be held on April 19th in Seneca Falls. He said this is an extremely important step for municipalities to commit to and wants to ensure that the message about what it is and how municipalities get engaged is clearly delivered. He said a tremendous problem exists in trying to make sure the infrastructure is built out for the future. He said there is money available to municipalities, and particularly highway departments that have to deal with affluent runoff into the Lake as a result of erosion.

Ms. Hunter distributed a packet of materials including an invitation to the Summit and an activities update that include information about a grant that the Intermunicipal Organization (IO) received. She said the large issue that needs to be resolved is how everyone in the Watershed will come together and attend to the projections and remediation of the problems that are adversely affecting the Lake. It is a huge problem that impacts 45 municipalities and 6 counties. The grant provides funding to hire someone from the Central and Regional Planning Development Board to help everyone come together and help facilitate discussions, reorganization of the IO, facilitate project visioning and the development of project ideas. She spoke of things municipalities can do and provided examples of identifying problem areas and developing project ideas for ditch management; she noted representatives from the Department of Transportation will also be in attendance at the Conference. Mr. Dietrich said the Cornell Local Roads Program will be helping out with the local highway departments and stressed the importance of representatives of those departments attending and finding out about the availability of funds.