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Nonpoint Source Program Reporting

Program Partnerships

The NPS Program includes coordinated activities and contributions from many federal, state, regional, and local agency partners:

  • Department of Agriculture and Markets
  • NYS Soil and Water Conservation Committee
  • Department of Health
  • Department of State
  • Department of Transportation
  • New York Environmental Facilities Corporation
  • Cornell University
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • NYS Water Resources Institute
  • Cornell PRO DAIRY
  • New York State Association of Regional Councils
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • United States Geological Survey
  • United States Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service

Communications among the partners is coordinated through the New York Nonpoint Source Committee (NPSC). The NPSC has the following objectives:

  • Facilitate communications
  • Identify cooperative activities
  • Evaluate and promote guidance to agencies
  • Coordinate programs of federal, state, regional and local agencies and organizations
  • Assist state, regional and local water quality and watershed committees

NPS Program Success Stories

Water quality problems caused by nonpoint sources of pollution have decreased significantly in may watersheds across the state, including:

  • Chittenango Creek
  • West Branch, Delaware River
  • DeRuyter Reservoir
  • Hempstead Harbor
  • Niagara River
  • Oneida Lake
  • Rudd Pond
  • Tonawanda Creek

To learn more about these projects, visit EPA's Section 319 Nonpoint Source Success Stories web page (link leaves DEC's website).

Annual Reports

The New York Nonpoint Source Management Program (NPS Program) was originally adopted in 1990. As part of this NYSDEC submits annual reports that describe the progress in implementing the state's Nonpoint Source Management Program. These reports are intended to satisfy the requirement of the work plan for the Performance Partnership Grant (PPG) Base Program between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Division of Water (DOW) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 2. These reports address progress and accomplishments for the period from April 1 through March 31. These reports also include a discussion of progress and accomplishments in previous years to provide a context for more recent program activities, and to establish continuity in the annual reporting.