Oak Orchard Watershed Protection Alliance

Upcoming Meeting Notice

Oak Orchard Watershed Protection Alliance - The Oak Orchard Watershed Protection Alliance was established in August of 2004 to guide the development of the State of the Basin Report for the Oak Orchard Watershed. The Oak Orchard Watershed Protection Alliance is a multi-county effort sponsored by the Genesee and Orleans County Soil and Water Conservation Districts. We encourage and look forward to participation and input from all of the stakeholders in the development of the “ Oak Orchard State of the Basin Report” and future watershed planning efforts.

"State of the Basin Report" - This State of the Basin Report will inventory assets and problems the watershed is facing, and act as the first “stepping stone” to a watershed-wide plan. Funding for the State of the Basin Report was made possible through a Finger Lakes - Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance (FL-LOWPA) Special Projects Fund grant. The Water Resources Board (governing body of FL-LOWPA) administers the competitive Special Projects Fund to encourage multi-county collaboration and watershed-based programming.

The water resources provided by the Oak Orchard allow residents and visitors the ability to utilize water for recreation, economic benefit, and aesthetic enjoyment. The watershed covers a large area, and provides a variety of uses and benefits to the community. The coordinated effort of all stakeholders within the watershed to identify those uses and benefits can only enhance the use and enjoyment for years to come. From the mouth of the river where the economy is driven by recreation, tourism and the sale of waterfront property, to electric power generation below two reservoirs, the ecologic value of wildlife refuges bordering both counties, and the agricultural benefits including the unique muck land soils, this watershed is vital to both Orleans and Genesee County . This State of the Basin Report is the first step in the development of a comprehensive watershed management plan.

Sponsors: The Orleans County Water Quality Coordinating Committee, Orleans County Soil and Water Conservation District, Genesee County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Lake Plains RC&D, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Finger Lakes – Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance.

Updated 3/28/10