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Drinking Water Source Protection Program (DWSP2)

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Select State grant programs are now offering additional points (i.e. WQIP) for State-accepted DWSP2 Plans.

The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Health (DOH) have announced a new initiative to assist municipalities with assessing and supporting drinking water source protection programs. As part of the Drinking Water Source Protection Program (DWSP2), up to 40 volunteer communities will work with technical assistance partners to develop programs that proactively protect public drinking water supplies.

The State sought volunteer communities to work with a technical assistance provider, at no cost to the participating communities, to help develop and initiate implementation of each community's unique drinking water source protection programs. Volunteer communities are being matched with technical assistance providers including State-selected environmental consultants, Regional Planning Boards, the New York Rural Water Association, and DEC and DOH DWSP2 staff.

DWSP2 Participant County DWSP2 Participant County
Afton (v) Chenango Machias (t) Cattaraugus
Allegany (v) Cattaraugus Mayville (v) Chautauqua
Arcade (v) Wyoming Monroe (v) Orange
Auburn (c) Cayuga Montgomery (t) Orange
Beacon (c) Dutchess New Paltz (v) Ulster
Bethlehem (t) - Water District #1 Albany Onondaga County Water Authority Onondaga
Brookhaven (t) Suffolk Ossining (v) Westchester
Chautaqua Utility District Chautauqua Otisville (v) Orange
Chautaqua Water District #2 Chautauqua Peekskill (c) Westchester
Clayville (v) Oneida Portville (v) Cattaraugus
Constableville (v) Lewis Ravena (v) Albany
Ellicotville (v&t) Cattaraugus Red Hook (t) Dutchess
Fishkill (t) Dutchess Silver Springs (v) Wyoming
Fredonia (v) Chautauqua Troy (c) Rensselaer
Glens Falls (c) Albany United Wappinger Water District Dutchess
Hector (t) Schuyler Warsaw (v) Wyoming
Holland Water District Erie Watervliet (c) Albany
Hudson 7* Dutchess/Ulster Wawarsing (t) - Kerhonkson Ulster
Ithaca (c) Tompkins Wawarsing (t) - Napanoch Ulster
Lake George (v)* Warren

* Hudson 7 application submitted by multiple municipalities: Poughkeepsie (v&t), Rhinebeck (v&t), Hyde Park (t), Port Ewen (wd), Lloyd (t)

*Lake George Village is the primary participant

What is DWSP2?

The Drinking Water Source Protection Program (DWSP2) is a state-run program created to assist municipalities with proactively protecting their drinking water sources. The goal is to help municipalities develop and implement their own unique drinking water source protection plan for the source(s) of their drinking water.

DWSP2 is a four agency initiative co-led by DEC and DOH, (leaves DEC website) in collaboration with the Departments of Agriculture and Markets and State. A number of technical assistance providers are available through the State to work with communities to develop a protection plan. As a result of this voluntary program, participating municipalities can use their newly developed drinking water source protection plan to start implementing protection measures.

How Does DWSP2 Benefit My Community?

The purpose of developing a long-term protection plan for source water(s) is to protect public health and safety, and the environment. Using a drinking water source protection plan, municipalities can make informed decisions to achieve source water protection.

  • Protect public health by preventing pollutants from entering a drinking water supply.
  • Avoid preventable drinking water treatment costs.
  • Increase community confidence in their local public drinking water.
  • Create long-lasting partnerships that support implementation.
  • Utilize a broad array of existing funding sources to aid with project implementation costs.

What is a Drinking Water Source Protection Plan?

A drinking water source can be groundwater from an aquifer or surface water, such as lake, stream, or river. Each protection plan will be different depending on the goals of the community and the drinking water source(s) they aim to protect. Preparing a drinking water source protection plan involves forming a stakeholder group, inventorying potential sources of contamination, establishing critical areas to be protected, and creating an implementation timeline. Following the plan completion, protection measures can be implemented to mitigate the risk of water supply contamination.

DWSP2 Framework - Working Draft

The State has released a working draft that communities can use to develop their drinking water source protection plan, "A Framework for Creating a Drinking Water Source Protection Program Plan." The working draft includes an easy to follow summary touching on key components of a protection plan, and a resource kit with more detailed information to help communities accomplish each component. These key components are included below:

  • Stakeholder Group
    • Form a Stakeholder Group
    • Establish Goals and Formulate a Vision
  • Drinking Water Source Assessment
    • Develop an Overview of the Water System
    • Prepare a Drinking Water Source Protection Map
    • Create a Potential Contaminant Source Inventory
  • Protection and Implementation Strategies
    • Identify Protection and Management Methods
    • Develop an Implementation Timeline
  • Progression and Maintenance
    • Designate a Plan Management Team

It is recommended the following documents be downloaded for all features to function properly:

A Framework for Creating a Drinking Water Source Protection Program Plan (PDF) - A working draft communities can use to develop their drinking water source protection plan.

Drinking Water Source Protection Program Plan Data Summary - The DWSP2 Plan Data Summary is a tool to summarize data gathered throughout the planning process using the DWSP2 Framework. The State has created two versions of the Data Summary, one in Microsoft Word and another in Microsoft Excel. Both versions contain the same information. Communities should use the format they are most comfortable with to aid with plan development.

*The Word and Excel data summaries should be opened using Internet Explorer v. 11 or a file transfer software like Filezilla.

Drinking Water Source Protection Program Plan Template (PDF) - This is a template for writing a DWSP2 Plan. The template can be used in conjunction with the DWSP2 Plan Data Summary to create a DWSP2 Plan.

Technical Assistance Providers

There are a number of technical assistance providers available throughout the State to assist communities with developing and implementing their own, unique individual source water protection plan:

  • DOH Regional Staff - DOH contracted with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) to hire staff in all four DOH regions to assist communities with developing and implementing source water protection plans.
  • State-hired Consultant - In early 2019, the State solicited for communities to work with a state-hired consultant(s)to develop and implement their protection plan. The State is currently soliciting for the consultant(s) and will notify communities once the selections have been made. Technical assistance may be available through other avenues for communities that aren't selected to work with the consultant(s).
  • Regional Planning Boards - Funding was made available to planning boards across the state through DEC's 604(b) grant program to work with communities to create and implement source water protection plans.
  • New York Rural Water Association (NYRWA) - NYRWA's Farm Service Agency-funded Source Water Protection Technical Assistance Program provides technical assistance to rural and small communities with the development and implementation of source water protection plans.

Technical assistance providers will follow the DWSP2 Framework - Working Draft developed by the State and its partners. Municipalities should plan to designate local staff to work with the technical assistance provider. There will be no out of pocket costs to participating municipalities for developing their protection plan.

The technical assistance provided through DWSP2 is supported by the State's unprecedented $3.5 billion commitment to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to clean water. As part of the state's Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), DWSP2 supports the protection of water quality and public drinking water across the state through the employment of technical assistance providers. Presently, $3M has been dedicated to hiring two consulting firms and a portion of $2M of the 604(b) grant program has been allocated to regional planning boards, all for assisting volunteer communities with creating and implementing their source water programs.

DWSP2 Plans for Grant Funding

Select State grant programs are now offering additional points (i.e. Water Quality Improvement Project Program) for State accepted DWSP2 Plans.

How can I prepare a DWSP2 Plan the State will accept? Communities developing a DWSP2 Plan on their own or with the help of a community-hired consultant should notify the State early-on for State acceptance. The DWSP2 Framework, Data Summary and Template should all be closely followed when developing your plan and submitting for State review and acceptance. If you, or a community you are working with, are seeking plan acceptance, reach out to the State at source.water@dec.ny.gov.

Newsletter

The monthly DWSP2 newsletter keeps its readers up-to-date on a variety of drinking water source protection subjects. Anyone interested in or working on protecting source waters are encouraged to sign-up for the newsletter.

Additional Resources

For additional information on and resources for the Drinking Water Source Protection Program, visit:

A Framework for Creating a Drinking Water Source Protection Program Plan (PDF) - A working draft communities can use to develop their drinking water source protection plan. Download the document to make sure all features work properly.

Drinking Water Source Protection Program Plan Data Summary - The DWSP2 Plan Data Summary (Microsoft Word and Excel Version) is a tool to summarize data gathered throughout the planning process using the DWSP2 Framework. Download the document to make sure all features work properly.

Drinking Water Source Protection Program Plan Template (PDF) - This is a template for writing a DWSP2 Plan. The template can be used in conjunction with the DWSP2 Plan Data Summary to create a DWSP2 Plan. Download the document to make sure all features work properly.

Fact Sheet (PDF) - A brief description of the program and benefits to participating.

Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program - A DEC grant program that funds projects that can protect sources of drinking water.

Source Water Buffer Program (leaves DEC website) - A DAM grant program that funds projects to protect active sources of public drinking water through the purchase of conservation easements on agricultural lands.


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