Oak Orchard Watershed
The Oak Orchard Watershed originates North of Batavia in Genesee County and flows north into Lake Ontario at Point Breeze in Orleans County . The Oak Orchard Watershed encompasses eight towns in Orleans County (including Albion , Barre, Carlton , Clarendon, Gaines, Kendall , Ridgeway, and Shelby ) and the Villages of Albion and Medina . The Oak Orchard is by far the largest watershed in Orleans County and occupies roughly 46% of the county. In Genesee County , the watershed includes the towns of Alabama , Batavia, Byron, Oakfield and Elba and Villages of Elba and Oakfield and makes up 19% of the total acreage.
Watershed Level Planning
This watershed level planning effort is the first of its kind in Orleans County. We plan to examine natural resource issues at a watershed scale versus the village, town or county level. Improved communications between private citizens, local municipalities, and county, state and federal government agencies within the watershed will allow a more comprehensive understanding of the current water uses, future needs, what can be done to enhance the resource.
“State of the Basin Report”
The first environmental planning initiative will be to assist in the development of the “State of the Basin Report”. This report will inventory assets and problems the watershed is facing, and act as the first “stepping stone” to a watershed-wide plan. The anticipated, long-term benefits of developing stakeholder collaboration in the development of the “State of the Basin Report” and future watershed planning efforts, will be the improvement of all water resource values in the Oak Orchard Watershed.