Hutchinson River Watershed Plan

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The Hutchinson River Watershed Plan for Westchester County will be available for Public Review and Comment until February 16.

DRAFT – Hutchinson River Watershed Plan for Public Review – 01/17/2024

Please provide all comments to reducerunoff@savethesound.org using the template below:
Hutchinson River Watershed Plan Comment Table Template

A printed copy of the plan is available at the Westchester County Department of Planning // Westchester County Soil & Water Conservation District, located at 148 Martine Avenue, Room 420, White Plains, NY 10601. All visitors must go through the security desk. Please contact Nicole Laible to set up a time to view the report. (Phone: 914-995-4423) Email:  nvle@westchestercountyny.gov

Protecting our rivers can be done in many different ways. One way is through watershed planning, a comprehensive, stakeholder-driven process of assessing the current health of a river and all of the lands that drain to it, as well as identifying possible interventions to eliminate sources of pollution or bolster ecosystem and community well-being. The Hutchinson River, which runs through Westchester County through Scarsdale, Eastchester, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Pelham, and the Bronx before it empties into the Sound at Eastchester Bay, is in desperate need of this planning. Today, all segments of the lower Hutchinson River are listed on the New York State 303(d) list of impaired waterbodies.

To restore the Hutchinson River, Save the Sound and Westchester County are working closely with local stakeholders to develop the Hutchinson River Watershed Plan following the US EPA 9 element plan (9E) approach. Through this planning process, we will:

  1. Identify nonpoint source pollution contributing to water quality impairment and risks associated with flooding, and propose management, restoration, and design recommendations to improve water quality and reduce flooding in the watershed;
  2. Identify implementable restoration and stormwater mitigation projects with a focus on those that provide flood mitigation and emphasize nature-based solutions; and
  3. Engage and educate municipal agencies, key stakeholders in the watershed, and the public through the formation of a Watershed Steering Committee, volunteer opportunities, public meetings, and webinars.

Funding for Phase I of the plan that will cover the Westchester County portion of the watershed was awarded to Save the Sound by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation through the Long Island Sound Futures Fund. This project is being done in partnership with Westchester County Soil & Water Conservation District housed within the Westchester County Planning Department and is funded in part by NFWF and the Owens & Minor Foundation.

Appendix A – Acronyms and Glossary

Appendix B – Baseline Report and Appendices

Appendix C – Community Involvement

Appendix D – Field Work and Prioritization Summary Memo & Appendices

Appendix E – Summary of Restoration Opportunities

Appendix F – High Priority Restoration Opportunity Summary Sheets

Appendix G – WTM Output for Future Load Reductions

Appendix H – Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP)

Appendix I – WTM Technical Assessment Methodology

Project Status

Task 1: Watershed Baseline Assessment – Complete

Task 2: Identify Watershed Improvement Opportunities – Complete

Task 3: Watershed Management Plan Development – In Progress

Next Public Meeting

Wednesday, February 7, 2024 – 6 PM EST
If you would like to join this meeting, please register here.

Additional Engagement Opportunities

Phase 2 Watershed Planning for the Bronx – TBD 2024

Downloads

9/21/22 Hutchinson River Watershed Plan Kick Off Presentation

2/21/23 Hutchinson River Watershed Plan Second Public Meeting Presentation

Links

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