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Mohawk River Watershed

DEC has released the Draft Mohawk River Basin Action Agenda for 2018-2022 and Progress Report: The Mohawk River Basin Action Agenda 2018

Map of Mohawk River Watershed, with counties
Mohawk River Watershed

Located in central New York State, the Mohawk River is the largest tributary to the Hudson River. The approximately 3,460-square-mile Mohawk River Basin makes up roughly 25% of the entire Hudson River drainage area. The Mohawk River headwaters are located between the southwestern portion of the Adirondack Mountains and the eastern edge of the Tug Hill Plateau. From here the river flows south towards Rome where it turns due east and carves a 140 mile path for the Erie Barge Canal before joining the Hudson River in Cohoes. The Mohawk River Basin includes several major tributaries and reservoirs, including Schoharie Creek, West Canada Creek, East Canada Creek, Hinckley Reservoir, Delta Reservoir and Schoharie Reservoir.

The major land-use types in the Mohawk River Basin are forest and agriculture. Within the Adirondack Mountain portion of the Basin and the Schoharie Creek watershed, forest cover dominates. Agriculture tends to be more prevalent in areas adjacent to the main stem of the Mohawk River in the fertile floodplain. Residential, commercial, and industrial land-use in the basin is largely limited to population centers along the main stem of the Mohawk River and Barge Canal.

The Mohawk River Basin Program

In response to recommendations contained in the 2009 Our Waters, Our Communities, Our Future report by the New York Ocean and Great Lakes Ecosystem Council, DEC's Mohawk River Basin program was formed, tasked with implementation of the Mohawk River Basin Action Agenda. Designed to mirror and compliment the successful Hudson River Estuary Program, the Mohawk River Basin Program fostered partnerships regionwide to manage and protect the natural resources of the river and its watershed for a sustainable future. The Mohawk River Basin Program is funded annually through the Environmental Protection Fund. These funds are provided to facilitate implementation of the Mohawk River Basin Action Agenda. The Progress Report highlights how these and other funding sources have been used.

Through the establishment of the Mohawk River Basin Program, DEC initiated a focused effort to conserve, preserve and restore the environmental quality of the Mohawk River and its watershed, while helping to manage the resources of the region for a sustainable future. The Mohawk River Basin program acts as a coordinator of basin-wide activities to achieve these goals. The success of this program requires the involvement of stakeholders and the creation of partnerships with established programs and organizations throughout the watershed.

PROGRESS Report: Mohawk River Basin Action Agenda

Progress Report Mohawk River Basin Action Agenda
Progress Report: Mohawk River Basin Action Agenda

The DEC's Mohawk River Basin Program has finalized a progress report on work accomplished through 2015 in implementing the goals and objectives set forth in the Mohawk River Basin Action Agenda. The Mohawk River Basin Action Agenda - Progress Report (PDF) highlights some of the projects accomplished since publication of the Action Agenda through coordinated activities watershed-wide by numerous partner and stakeholder organizations focused on fish, wildlife and habitat conservation, water quality protection and flood risk reduction. More importantly, this progress report sets the course for renewal and updating of the existing Action Agenda, providing guidance for the next five years (2018-2022).

Real-time River Ice Conditions and Web Cam (Seasonal)

Visit the United States Geological Survey (USGS) website dedicated to monitoring ice jam related conditions in the Mohawk River (leaves DEC website).


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