Water Management Goal 1: maintain adequate water supply for future needs
Abundant, high-quality natural water is a resource pillar for the region, as noted in the NCREDC plan. The North Country is fortunate to have access to ample water supplies and the opportunity to plan now for future water needs and management. As shown on Figure 7-1 (on p. 213), the region relies on surface water for approximately 70% of its water needs, and groundwater sources for 30%. Groundwater data included withdrawals from domestic wells. In 2005, total water withdrawal in the North Country was approximately 83 MGD, less than 1% of total withdrawals in the state. In the same year, the North Countryâ€™s withdrawal was only 32% and 34%, respectively, of that of its closest neighbors, the Mohawk Valley and the Capital Region.There are ample water resources in the region. Incorporating water management into comprehensive planning efforts and smart growth initiatives can help maintain this supply for future ecological, potable supply, and economic needs.
Conservation of this resource must be coordinated and balanced with its importance as a drinking water supply and a resource for the local economy. For instance, the agricultural and dairy industries are two important economic sectors that require a reliable supply of high-quality water. Mitigating climate impacts such as flooding or drought must also be considered.
North Country Region Sustainability Plan