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FACT SHEET- Mohawk River Watershed, NY Reconnaissance Study

Environmental Restoration and Flood Damage Reduction

Published Nov. 17, 2020

DESCRIPTION: The New York District of the Corps of Engineers has completed a Federally-funded reconnaissance level study to determine whether there is a Federal interest in watershed-based flood damage reduction, ecosystem restoration, navigation, and other water resources problems and opportunities in the Mohawk River watershed of New York State.  With fluvial flood damage over the past several years, including erosion, navigation impacts, and road washouts (associated with the storms of June 2005, October 2005, June 2006, and April 2007), the Corps of Engineers studied the watershed. The storms cited resulted in damages to the Barge Canal, operated by the New York State Canal Corporation, as well in flood damages throughout communities and municipalities in the Mohawk River watershed, including the villages of Catskill, Mohawk, Ilion, and the towns of Canajoharie, Frankfort and German Flatts.  The reconnaissance study investigated current field conditions and study criteria to determine whether any watershed-based opportunities for flood damage reduction, ecosystem restoration, navigational improvement, or other purposes, exist for continued Federal participation during detailed evaluation and construction.  The study identified the area’s water resources problems, and determined that there is a Federal interest in a cost-shared watershed feasibility study.  

AUTHORIZATION: The study was authorized by a resolution of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the United States House of Representatives, adopted on September 20, 2006.   

STATUS: The District initiated the Reconnaissance Phase in September 2008, and the 905(b) reconnaissance report was completed in September 2009. The Feasibility Cost Sharing Agreement for a $1.6M watershed feasibility study was executed on 29 March 2010 with the Montgomery County Soil and Water Conservation District, representing fourteen counties in the basin.  The non-federal partner completed their Watershed Management Plan in April 2015.  With additional Federal funding the study could be re-initiated.



Mr. Mark Lulka,

Project Engineer,

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District

Phone: (917) 790-8205


26 Federal Plaza,

New York, NY 10278