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Water Quality
Coordinating Committees


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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

  • Soil & Water Conservation Districts
  • County Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • County Planning Department
  • County Health Department
  • County Highway Department
  • County Environmental Management Council
  • County Parks & Recreation
  • County Board of Realtors
  • Regional Planning Commissions
  • Lake & Watershed Associations
  • Farm Bureau
  • Water Authorities
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • USDA Farm Service Agency
  • USDI Fish & Wildlife Service, Geological Service
  • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (Regional Office)
  • NYS Department of State Coastal Resources & Waterfront Revitalization
  • NYS Department of Transportation (Regional Office)
  • League of Women Voters
  • Sportsman Federations
  • Environmental Groups such as: Trout Unlimited, Audubon Society, Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy