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Since nonpoint source (NPS) water pollution is a landuse issue, and land use decisions are made locally, no one level of government or single group of people can solve NPS problems. It takes partners working together at federal, state and local levels, including the private and public sectors, to tackle these issues.
County Water Quality Coordinating Committees (CWQCCs) were formed accross New York State to develop and implement County Water Quality Strategies to address NPS issues. Since local governments can address land use issues and work with individuals to improve management practices, localities are able to make a significant contribution to NPS pollution prevention.
As County Soil & Water Conservation Districts are authorized by law to implement local programs to reduce NPS pollution, they became the focal point for establishing the CWQCCs and are key to implementing the strategies that identify and set local priorities. No other state has developed such an extensive partnership.
Typical CWQCC Membership