NRCS Employees with Job Approval Authority support agency programs and activities by providing solutions to natural resource problems. Our goal is to provide an appropriate blend of structural and biological measures to solve these problems in harmony with nature while meeting land use objectives.
We work in partnership with local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD), other State agencies, and private sector Technical Service Providers (TSP) to provide this assistance to private land users and local project sponsors.
We have included many of our frequently requested technical materials here in order to make them more available to the public and our field staff.
DamWatch® is a new dam monitoring tool that will soon be available for watershed project sponsors and the Natural Resources Conservation Service to monitor flood control dams.
Local watershed project sponsors have constructed 11,800 flood control dams across the Nation with NRCS assistance.
As these dams age and homes, businesses, and highways are constructed downstream, it becomes increasingly important to use all possible means to monitor and manage the dams to ensure they function as they were designed and that they remain safe.
To assist project sponsors in this monitoring effort NRCS has entered into an agreement with USEngineering Solutions Corporation (USES) to provide a web-based monitoring tool named DamWatch® for NRCS-assisted project dams. Learn more about DamWatch®.
Design Tools for Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Projects
Download tools to assist in the design and documentation of Emergency Watershed Protection projects.
Permitting Requirements for Implementation of Agricultural Best Management Practices
Before commencing construction activity, the owner or operator of a construction project that will involve soil disturbance of one or more acres must obtain coverage under the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activity.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), Division of Water, has published a list showing which Agricultural Best Management Practices require one or both of the following.
General Permit for Stormwater Discharges during Construction Activities
Proper Sediment and Erosion Control Practices during Construction Activities
A Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) sediment and erosion Notice of Intent (NOI) will be required for Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) sites greater than one acre.
Visit the Department of Environmental Conservation Web site to view the list and obtain additional information about the permit process.
Engineering Field Handbook, Part Two (EFH-2)
Storm Distribution Regions
NRCS-New York has published a map that shows the new four Storm Distribution Regions that should be used with the new county rainfall tables for the new Engineers Field Handbook, Part 2 (EFH2) method. When watersheds are close to the boundary of the regions, the appropriate quad map can be examined to determine the appropriate storm region to use.
Sub-county Rainfall Areas
NRCS-New York has published a map that shows the township delineated sub-county boundaries for the new Engineers Field Handbook, Part 2 (EFH2) rainfall amounts. A specific design can be done with Win TR-20 where a more precise prediction is desired.
Estimating Runoff and Peak Discharges
This Supplement to EFH-2 concerns the use of rainfall data developed by the Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC) and rainfall distributions based on the NRCC data. These rainfall data and rainfall distributions will replace rainfall data from Weather Bureau Technical Paper 40 (TP-40) and the standard NRCS rainfall distributions Type II and Type III. This supplement will be implemented by replacing the state/county rainfall database and rainfall distribution types files used with the EFH-2 computer program with updated files. The EFH-2 computer program User Guide contains information, guidance, and examples concerning runoff curve number, average watershed slope, watershed length, input/output operations, and limitations. This supplement includes information related to rainfall data and rainfall distribution for use with the EFH-2 computer program in New York.
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New York EFH-2 Supplement Number 2012-1
To run EFH2, the new county.ny file needs to replace the existing file in program files/USDA/EFH2. The selected Rainfall Distribution Type file needs to replace the existing file. The file name must be changed to type.rf
This file provides the county and subcounty rainfall amounts.
This file will provide the four new storm distributions (A, B, C, and D) and the old type two storm distribution, for comparison.
This file, when renamed to type.rf, will provide the four new storm distributions and the old type three distribution.
Conservation Practice Support Documents
Support Documents for conservation practices approved for use in New York are available for download from an abbreviated version of Section IV of the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG).
Click on the FOTG logo to access the entire FOTG Web site.
NRCS New York has created a series of linked Web pages that highlight our Conservation Practices. Each page contains a brief description of a conservation practice, its purposes and benefits, and links to other practices that are commonly used together in Conservation Management System. Conservation Practice Support Documents are also accessible from each page.
Manure-Pond Deaths Reinforce Need for Safety Awareness
The recent deaths of three Pennsylvania farm-family members in a manure-storage pond in Maryland is a stark reminder of the need for safety precautions when working around such facilities, according to a farm-safety specialist in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Read more.
Animal Waste Management Software Training Video - Cornell University Cooperative Extension
Flood Frequency Analysis
Guidelines for Selecting Corrosion-Resistant Fasteners for Use with Preservative-Treated Wood
New York Cost Estimator
New York Drainage Guide
New York HecRAS Manual
Precipitation Frequency Analyses for New York and the New England States
Vegetative Treatment Area Sizing for New York State
You may send comments regarding this Web site to:
Peter Wright, State Conservation Engineer
Syracuse, New York
E-mail: Peter E. Wright