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 identifies 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.

Public Outreach & Participation Session #4

The fourth and final public outreach session was held on April 25th as part of the 10th annual Land Use and Leadership Alliance (LULA) training. This year’s program focused on one of the highest priorities goals identified through development of the 9E – increasing hydrologic resiliency – and how the 9E framework is designed to achieve it.


HANDOUT: Managing the Storm – Applying the 9E Framework to Hydrologic Resiliency Goals
HANDOUT: Water Runs Downhill – Managing Runoff on Steep Slopes
HANDOUT: Best Practices of Ditch Maintenance for Roadways and Water Quality
HANDOUT: Stormwater Management and Retention Projects in the Seneca-Keuka Watershed
HANDOUT: Water Quality Protection Tools for Evolving Communities

Public Outreach & Participation Session #3

The third public outreach session was held on February 3rd, 2022. This was largely an information session to provide an update on our work to develop a prioritized implementation strategy using the tools developed as part of the 9E project coupled with local knowledge and public support.

Public Outreach & Participation Session #2

The second public outreach session was held on October 7th, 2021. Topics presented included: quick review of the 9E framework, results from an assessment on local laws pertaining to water quality, results from development of the watershed model, and a discuss plus interactive session on potential actions.

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.

This project was 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, Seneca, 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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