For Management and Planning
Dutchess County Watershed Management Plans
Land Use Regulations
NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program – Code and Ordinance Worksheet for New York State
- NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program - Code and Ordiance Worksheet for New York State
Adapted from the Center for Watershed Protection's Code and Ordiance Worksheet, this worksheet allows an in-depth review of the standards, local laws, ordinances, and codes that shape how development occurs in your municipality. The worksheet consists of a series of questions that correspond to model development principles, and is intended to guide you through the first two steps of a local site planning roundtable. The worksheet has not yet been updated to reflect the latest state regulations but is still useful as a checklist of areas to consider.
- Stormwater Center: Model Ordinances and Assorted Fact Sheets
Model ordinances for aquatic resource protection including stream buffer ordinance, illicit detection and elimination measures, erosion and sediment controls, open space design zoning controls, groundwater protection ordinances and more.
Stream and Flooding Management
Better Site Design
- DEC Environmental Resource Mapper
The Environmental Resource Mapper is an interactive mapping application that can be used to identify some of New York State's natural resources and environmental features that are state protected, or of conservation concern.
- County Atlas and Parcel Access
- Municipal Groundwater Assessments: Pleasant Valley Report
These two municipal groundwater reports from the Chazen Companies in different geologic terrains demonstrate aquifer mapping, landscape photo interpretation, fracture trace analysis, stream flow analysis identifying groundwater use impacts, unsewered areas with undersized parcels. Each report closes with specific water resource planning recommendations.
- Regional Aquifer Recharge Rate Study
This study by the Chazen Companies describes a streamlined method to assess regional aquifer recharge rates using stream flow records, hydrologic soil groups, and precipitation data. Aquifer recharge rates are used in water budget studies, groundwater allocation plans and ecological service evaluations.
- Sustainable Septic System Density: Density Planning Model
This recharge rate study by the Chazen Companies presents a model to recommend sustainable average parcel sizes for areas using septic systems and domestic wells. The accuracy of the model was recently validated by 250 domestic well water samples on large and undersized parcels. Wells with elevated nitrate coming from septic systems may also contain other wastewater constituents, including pharmaceutical residues, endocrine disruptors, and personal care chemicals.
- Hydrogeologic Conditions Summary Report for Northern Westchester County
This cost-effective regional groundwater inventory was prepared by the Chazen Companies based on interviews with municipal planners and engineers, existing reports, and analysis of published and GIS-based aquifer mapping. The resulting report summarized known aquifer conditions and threats, details missing hydrogeologic data needed for sustainable planning initiatives, and recommends groundwater utilization objectives.
- Model Ordinances:
Generic Model Two-Zone Model
Two versions of a model local ordinance are available from the Chazen Companies to protect and allocate aquifer water quality. The generic version provides uniform regional protection. The two-zone version allows users to focus protection on recharge areas and wellhead protection areas and reduce administrative burdens elsewhere. Both model laws include cluster subdivision layout guidance, stormwater infiltration requirements, and pumping test protocols.
- Putnam County Groundwater Protection & Utilization Plan
This County-wide aquifer study by the Chazen Companies included GIS-based aquifer mapping analysis, stream flow analysis, statistical analysis of depth and yield data from 5,000+ well logs, a regional water budget assessment, and groundwater protection and allocation recommendations finalized through a public process including significant stakeholder input.
Road Salt Impacts & Alternatives