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New York City Filtration Avoidance Determination

New York City Filtration Avoidance Determination

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Published by David Lombardo
Mid-Term Revisions to the 2007 Surface Water Treatment Rule Determination for
New York City‟s Catskill/Delaware Water Supply System
Mid-Term Revisions to the 2007 Surface Water Treatment Rule Determination for
New York City‟s Catskill/Delaware Water Supply System

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The overall objective of the Land Management Program is to protect source water quality
through effective management of lands in the watershed. This objective is achieved through the
three major elements of this program: management of City watershed lands and conservation
easements (CEs) (including recreational and agricultural uses), forest management, and invasive
species control.

The City has been very successful in its land acquisition efforts and in securing CEs. While the
City supports and allows recreational and agricultural uses of its land, it must continue effective
and routine monitoring of lands and easements, which is vital to discovering encroachments,
timber trespass, overuse of fee lands, and potential violations of easement conditions.
Comprehensive land management also includes a stewardship component, which fosters healthy
forests and other natural resources and eradicates and/or controls invasive species.

The City's compliance with the requirements of the Land Management Program in the First Five
Year Period has been assessed by NYSDOH/EPA and is reported in Implementation of New York
City's Watershed Protection Program and Compliance with the 2007 Filtration Avoidance
Determination - Status Review of the First Five-Year Period
(September 30, 2011).

The general milestones set forth for the First Five Year Period of the 2007 FAD remain relevant
and form the basis for program implementation during the remaining period of the 2007 FAD.
The Revised 2007 FAD requires that the City continue to implement the Land Management
Program in accordance with the milestones below.

Activity and Reporting Requirements

Activity

Due Date

Monitor and actively manage watershed lands.

Ongoing

Monitor and enforce watershed conservation easements.

Ongoing

Continue to assess and implement strategies of increasing the public‟s

recreational use of watershed lands.

Ongoing

Maintain a Watershed Land Information System (WaLIS).

Ongoing

Provide proposed modifications to plans for land management to
NYSDOH/EPA for review and comment.

As such
modifications are
proposed

Support and implement best management practices consistent with

Conservation Practices as described in the City‟s Forest Management

Plan for forest improvement projects on City-owned lands.

Ongoing

Continue to assess deer populations and their impacts on forest
regeneration on City-owned lands.

Ongoing

Continue to conduct forest inventories on City-owned lands, including
long-term continuous forest inventory (CFI) plots.

Ongoing

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Develop an Invasive Species Management Strategy and submit
description of the strategy to NYSDOH/EPA and NYSDEC.

By 12/31/16

Engage watershed partners and residents to coordinate efforts in
invasive species prevention and control.

Ongoing

Report Description

Due Date

Report on Land Management activities in FAD Annual Report.

Annually,
3/31

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