Refer to the links below to learn more about the water resources projects the Rockland County soil & water conservation district provides and learn more about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency equipment loan program.


Stream Biomonitoring Water Quality Project

The purpose of these studies is to sample 20 stream sites each year within Rockland County for benthic (bottom dwelling) invertebrates (2006 - the present) to determine both water quality and the source of impact affecting a site, if any, based on the invertebrate community structure. The studies are funded by the Rockland County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD). The assessment and reports are completed using the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Professional External Evaluations of Rivers and Streams protocol. 
County planning and development agencies may use the data and analysis obtained from this project for planning purposes (e.g., increase the riparian buffer in areas where the streams were classified as slightly to moderately impacted). In addition, the results of the surveyed stations located within the communities may be used to meet several requirements set forth in the US EPA Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) regulations.

Beginning in 2017, the SWCD focused the studies on the investigating the impacts of culverts on waterways and the surrounding benthic environment. The 2017 report below includes an assessment of impaired culverts along Sherwood Farm Lane and Swim Club Road in Stony Point. The 2018 report includes an assessment of impaired culverts along Crescent Road in Haverstraw.

2017 Report

 2018 Report

The 2006-2016 baseline and long term monitoring reports are available below. 


2016 Report
2015 Report
2014 Report
2013 Report
2012 Report
2011 Report
2010 Report
2009 Report
2008 Report
2007 Report
2006 Report


Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program

Volunteers conduct physical, chemical and biological surveys of Rockland County's streams to monitor the current state of streams' health and assess the level of impairment.
Streams are affected by the amount and type of pollutants that dissolve/flow into them, via storm drains and runoff.  Pollutants include sediment resulting from soil erosion from developments and construction sites; nitrogen, phosphorous and pesticides leaching from lawns, and roadway and parking lot runoff such as car oil, and litter.

The purpose for monitoring our waterways is to:

  • Collect baseline water quality data for our streams in Rockland County.
  • Connect citizens with their local streams through education and hands on involvement.
  • Allow public access to water quality monitoring information for educational purposes.

This program is a collaboration between The Rockland County Soil & Water Conservation District and The Rockland County Division of Environmental Resources. The program started in Spring 2006 and is in partnership with The N.Y.S. Soil and Water Conservation Committee.

The program is now using the NYS DEC Water Assessment by Volunteer Evaluators (WAVE) monitoring protocol. The season runs from July 1st- September 30th.
WAVE Training Sessions
are available from May - June.

Take a look at one of our recent studies and view the Sparkill Creek Watershed Report Card:
Sparkill Creek Watershed Report Card

New volunteers are always welcome! If you are interested please call our office at (845) 364-2670.


Minisceongo Creek Watershed Alliance

Over the summer of 2017, a group of local and state organizations including the Village of West Haverstraw, Keep Rockland Beautiful, Rockland Conservation & Service Corps, NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program and more met to discuss the health of the Minisceongo Creek subwatershed that feeds into the Hudson River Estuary.  Several projects were identified during this meeting including public awareness, erosion control, flood control, stream bank stabilization and more.  The Alliance has expanded to include Garner Arts Center.  A creek cleanup is scheduled for October 27, 2018.  Check Keep Rockland Beautiful website for further details. 

The formation of the Alliance was sparked by The Nature Conservancy, Scenic Hudson and Hudson River Watershed Alliance workshop in 2017.  The Climate Resiliency Building workshop is summarized in the Meeting Report.

The MCWA created an information flier for the public and those interested in learning more on the vision of the Alliance. 


Meeting Agenda's and Meeting Notes:

7-10-2019 Agenda
7-10-2019 Meeting Notes

05-21-2019 Meeting Notes
04-26-2019 Meeting Notes

08-27-2017 Meeting Notes
06-11-2018 Meeting Notes
08-23-2018 Agenda


A map of waterways in Rockland is listed below. Click on map to see actual size.





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