Watershed Group to Hold Public Engagement Meeting on the Butternut Creek Watershed Management Plan
(COOPERSTOWN, NY) — The Butternut Creek Watershed Management Plan Steering Committee invites interested residents to attend a stakeholder meeting at the New Lisbon Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 14. The Committee is seeking input from residents on a proposed public outreach strategy.
The Committee, comprised of members of the Otsego County Conservation Association, the Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Otsego County Planning Department, the Otsego Land Trust, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Butternut Valley Alliance is in the process of developing a management plan for the Butternut Creek watershed. When completed, the Butternut Creek Watershed Management Plan will identify water quality and water supply issues facing the watershed and will establish a corresponding set of goals and objectives to address them.
Covering 11 municipalities, the Butternut Creek watershed covers approximately 130 square miles, with an estimated population of 4,489 people. “Considering the geographic area covered by the Butternut Creek Watershed, it is critical we have an effective public engagement strategy moving forward,” said Danny Lapin, environmental planner with the Otsego County Conservation Association. The plan, which is scheduled to be completed in late 2020, will complement ongoing efforts to protect the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
The stakeholder meeting will include a brief presentation on the Steering Committee’s proposed outreach strategy and provide an opportunity for further discussions on how the Watershed Management Plan can benefit the community. Public input will then be considered and may be incorporated into a final outreach strategy.
For more information, please visit the Otsego County Conservation Association’s website at http://occainfo.org/butternut-watershed-plan/ or contact environmental planner Danny Lapin at email@example.com. The Committee’s outreach process will continue into the fall, with the Draft Plan slated to be complete in summer 2020.