Thursday, June 15, 2023


OPPOSING LEGISLATION NYS S1725A-2023, “Class C Stream Bill”



The Cattaraugus County Soil and Water Conservation District strongly opposes proposed legislation contained in S1725A-2023, commonly referred to as the “Class C Stream Bill.”

Under the proposal, Class C waterways would be added to the current list of protected stream classifications AA, A, B, C(T) and C(TS) stream.  Each of these protected stream classifications require a permit if activities disturb the banks, stream bed, or involve dams and impounding structures, docks or the dumping of fill. 

Many agricultural operations throughout Cattaraugus County routinely conduct maintenance and other work that impacts stream banks and would be adversely affected.  The proposal would add an estimated 40,000 additional miles of streams to require permitting issued by an existing understaffed NYSDEC.  The legislation will add substantial delays to routine, proposed and emergency maintenance and projects resulting in economic harm.  Farming operations, in particular, are significantly impacted by timing and windows of opportunity; of which the proposed legislation significantly restricts.  Waiting for permits to be issued will be detrimental to their crops, operations, and have an overall negative impact on the economy

The District strongly urges this legislation be vetoed and not made into law.

Thursday, April 27, 2023


Allegany-Limestone Team #1, led by advisor Mr. Dan Waugaman, took first place in the 2023 Cattaraugus County Envirothon, held on April 26th at Allegany State Park. They will now advance to the 2023 New York State Envirothon at Hobart & William Smith College on May 24th and 25th.  Olean City School District took second place and Allegany-Limestone Team #2 placed 3rd. In all, 8 teams representing 5 schools participated in this year’s program, and 2023 was the 31st year that Cattaraugus County has held an Envirothon competition. Over 40 high school students competed.


 2023 Cattaraugus County Envirothon Champs - Allegany-Limestone

Participating Schools
Allegany-Limestone, Cattaraugus-Little Valley, Hinsdale, Olean City School District, Randolph

Tuesday, May 12, 2020


 The Cattaraugus County Soil and Water Conservation District’s office hours are 
8AM - 4:30PM,  Monday - Friday