Company Logo

District Programs

Existing Programs


The Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation District has a leadership responsibility for conservation of the soil, water, and related resources within the District. The District executes this responsibility by utilizing the efforts of a number of cooperating agencies, landowners, other units of government, concerned businesses and individuals.

Through an agreement with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), technical and financial assistance are provided to cooperating landowners and users. The partnership supports each member agency and cooperates in state and federal programs which provide cost sharing, technical assistance, public education, information, and products to promote priority conservation.


Educational Outreach

The District believes that children are our future, is committed to actively spreading the soil and water conservation message, and is involved with a wide range of educational programs associated with the natural resources of Chautauqua County. The Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation District maintains a presence at Conservation Field Days, Visit the Farm Day and the Chautauqua County Fair.

The District also hosts the Envirothon for local schools located in Chautauqua County annually and presents training sessions on AEM programming, soil health and storm water management.

Programs and Items Available


Chautauqua County Conservation District also provides access to professional, technical, and financial assistance in carrying out District Programs. Other services are available on request to the general public, as well as public and private organizations, and all units of government.

  • Topographic Maps: Full coverage of Chautauqua County and Allegheny State Park; part coverage of Cattaraugus County and Pennsylvania. Can be ordered for anywhere in the United States.
  • Aerial Photography of Chautauqua County
  • Soil Maps, Soil Descriptions and Legends
  • Mulch Net: For erosion control and deer browsing
  • Under the SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activity, certain contractors (Trained Contractor) and certain Qualified Inspectors are required to complete 4 hours of NYS DEC endorsed training in the principles and practices of erosion and sediment control (E&SC) every 3 years. To satisfy this training requirement, the Department has partnered with County Soil and Water Conservation Districts across the State to deliver a 4 hour E&SC training course. Please call the District Office or check NYS DEC Training Calendar online to see when the next course is offered http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8699.html.
  • NYS DEC Training Form

Technical Assistance


District services are available on request to the general public as well as to public and private organizations, schools, cities, towns, villages, highway departments and all units of government.

Planning and Technical Assistance


Agricultural value assessment, erosion and sediment control, fishpond stocking, livestock and non-point source pollution programming, pond design and consultation, soil and water resource management and urban and rural drainage solutions. Contact our office at (716) 664-2351 Extension 5 to learn more.

Also Available


Fishpond stocking: bass, channel catfish, trout, koi, walleye pike, perch, triploid grass carp. Information pertaining to our fishpond stocking sale is included at the end of this page, scroll down to learn more.

Annual Tree & Shrub Sale:


Each year Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation District introduces thousands of bare root tree and shrub seedlings and transplants into Chautauqua County, New York and its surrounding areas. The seedlings and transplants that are selected have a good quality rating for hardiness in Chautauqua County and are sold at an affordable rate to promote landowner conservation.

Landowners can practice conservation by planting seedlings and wildflowers to support pollinators and provide food and shelter to wildlife, reduce heating/cooling expenses, protect water quality with buffers, reduce air pollution and stabilize eroded land. Seedlings are an inexpensive way to replace trees that have been damaged, harvested or lost to disease.

All stock that is sold is bare root, meaning the plant is harvested with little or no soil attached to the roots. Due to our stock being bare root, the plants must be harvested and replanted while in a dormant state and while soil conditions are still moist. The District offers a wide variety of conifers, hardwoods, shrubs, berries, fruit trees, ground covers, as well as, conservation seed mixes and wildflower seed mixes when available.

Tree protector tubes and stakes, weed control mats, tree plantation signs, fertilizer pellets, conservation seed mixes and other nonperishable items are also made available during the annual sale. Catalogs for the annual sale are typically available in January, orders are accepted until the middle of March, and orders are distributed in April.

To submit an order for the annual tree and shrub sale, follow the instructions listed on the order form and submit your order prior to the listed deadlines. Sale updates are regularly posted on the Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation District's Facebook page. Like and follow us on Facebook to receive updates and see posts shared by the District. Email us at chaut-co@soilwater.org with your mailing address if you would like to be added to be added to our mailing list or download a catalog below.

Nonperishable items listed in the catalog are also available year-round and are typically listed on the last 4 to 5 pages of the catalog. Contact the District at (716) 664-2351 Extension 5 to check the availability of the items you wish to purchase and schedule a pick-up time.


Order Forms

2020 Tree and Shrub Catalog

Envirothon


See how we’ve engaged with students to promote environmental consciousness and education.


Shoreline and Streams


The Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation District works closely with farmers, landowners, municipalities, NYS-DEC, and US Fish & Wildlife Service to evaluate and address stream bank and shoreline erosion problems. We provide technical assistance and, construction oversight, and in some cases, secure funding toward these projects. Possible funding sources include state, federal and private sources, such as Trout Unlimited or the Fish America Foundation.

Before

After


Before

After

Pond Planning/Management


The District offers a pond planning service for Chautauqua County residents that would like to construct a pond for wildlife, recreational and fire protection uses. This service assists potential pond owners in the evaluation, layout and design of ponds.

Owning a pond can involve many issues, some more complex than others. For this reason, we have provided information pertaining to managing and maintaining a healthy pond. Even though the information found here is fairly comprehensive, additional pond information can be found through specific searches on the internet. See a variety of downloadable PDF's below:

- Barley Straw
- Aquatic Plants
- Aquatic Weeds
- Aquatic Weed Management


CCSWCD Fish Stocking Program


For most people, having a pond usually means having fish as well. The fish management information links below provide basic recommendations on species selection, stocking rates and applicable licenses.

Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation District holds a fish stocking sale twice a year when fish are available from our distributor. Channel Catfish, Japanese Koi, Largemouth Bass, Perch and Triploid Grass Carp are typically offered in the Spring. Channel Catfish, Japanese Koi, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout and Triploid Grass Carp are typically offered in the fall.

Email us at chaut-co@soilwater.org with your mailing address if you would like to receive an order form for our fish sale. Please note that the fish sale mailing list is separate from our tree and shrub mailing list. Fish sale updates are regularly posted on the Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation District's Facebook page. Like and follow us on Facebook to receive updates and see posts shared by the District.

Prior to stocking fish and Triploid Grass Carp in your pond, you should obtain a Farm Fishpond License and/or a Grass Carp Stocking Permit from DEC.

The Farm Fishpond License allows the licensee, their immediate family, and their employees to take fish at any time, in any size, of any number, and in any manner as stipulated by their individual license. The Farm Fishpond License also serves as a stocking permit, eliminating the need to obtain a separate DEC fish stocking permit which is required to stock fish into any waters of the state. The Farm Fishpond License is free and is good for five years.

While Farm Fishpond Licenses are necessary, you do not need to submit a Farm Fishpond License with your order, however, please be advised that in accordance with New York State law, all three original copies of your Grass Carp Permit must be submitted with your order form when purchasing Triploid Grass Carp from Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation District.

Landowners with private ponds can download a Farm Fishpond License application PDF by selecting “Farm Fish App” below. Visit the DEC’s website to learn more: https://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/25013.html

Landowners with private ponds can download a Grass Carp Permit application by selecting “Grass Carp Permit App” below. Visit the DEC’s website to learn more: https://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/25024.html


- Pond Fish Management
- Fish Kills
- Grass Carp Guide
- Grass Carp Permit Application
- Farm Fish Application

Contact Us for More Information


Complete the provided form or call us directly if you have any questions. Be sure to select extension 5 when calling our office.

Please be advised that our office is currently closed to the public and that monthly meetings of the Chautauqua County Soil & Water Board of Directors are being held at 3542 Turner Road in Jamestown, New York.


Call Us: (716) 664-2351