A Nine Element Plan (9E) is a quantitative watershed based management plan similar to the EPA’s Total Maximum Daily Load plan but non-regulatory and geared more specifically towards addressing non-point source pollution. This multi-year project will identify the type, scale, cost and location of the water quality improvement projects needed to protect the lakes from excessive levels of nutrient pollution through a rigorous scientific process. Further project information can be found on this page.

Proposed Actions Solicitation

One of the fundamental elements of watershed planning is identifying the actions that can be taken to positively impact watershed resources. Actions can cover a wide array of categories that have the potential to impact water quality including, but not limited to, engineered systems, active management techniques, educational programs, local laws and research. We want to hear from you on what you think needs to be done to improve and protect the watershed.

We’ve developed this TEMPLATE that you can fill out and send in via email or post. We’ll be compiling your recommendations along with our own over the next several months and at the second public outreach presentation (Fall 2021) we’ll present the list of recommended actions along with their resulting impact as simulated by the model.

Public Outreach & Participation Session #1

Public engagement and input are a critical component of the 9E process and presentation sessions will be held at various stages of project developed. The first of these sessions was held on August 24th, 2020. In light of COVID-19, this session was held digitally, and recorded. Topics presented included: a background on project development, an introduction to the Nine Element Plan process, current project focuses including watershed characterization, data collection and model development, and an overview of the draft Vision & Goals section.


The local partnership group behind the 9E, in coordination with the Ontario County Soil & Water Consevation District, has launched a quarterly newsletter coinciding with development of the 9E. Planning, monitoring, project implementation, random watershed history… you’ll find it all! We hope this serves as a valuable resource to all those interested in the work going on throughout the watershed to address water quality challenges.

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Project Resources


This project is sponsored with funding provided by the New York State Department of State under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund.

Additional funding provided by Corning, Inc., Chemung, Ontario, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates Counties, The Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Keuka Lake Association, Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association, Keuka Watershed Improvement Cooperative and SWIO.

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