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Water Management Strategy: identify water management strategies needed to support the growth of businesses, industry and recreation within the region Evaluate water resources in areas targeted for growth and industrial development. Develop water management strategies that support these planned uses while maintaining watershed quality. Adequate water supply and water infrastructure is essential for the region to attract new businesses and continue to grow existing economic sectors, including winter and summer recreation and tourism. Downtown centers looking to revitalize and attract new business may require additional water supply and a possible shift from septic systems to centralized wastewater treatment. Expanding industries look to make use of available local water and wastewater infrastructure when selecting a location. In nearby Johnstown and Edmeston NY, Greek yogurt companies Fage and Chobani provide significant local employment opportunities. In Edmeston, Chobani repurposed a former Kraft factory, making use of a previously developed site. Both were able to work with local municipalities to obtain the necessary water supply and wastewater treatment capacity to operate their facilities.

Although a direct economic benefit for local jobs, integrating a value-added product like Greek yogurt, with well-planned water management, and existing local industries (such as dairy farming) would create an even greater synergistic impact both regional economic development and the long term success of the product. Warmer temperatures can have a significant impact on the seasonal recreation activities that provide a strong tourism base for the region. Less ice and snow in the winter will lead to a shorter winter sport season. For areas such as Lake Placid and the Olympic Training Center, this may prove to be a considerable issue, as athletes and tourists come to these areas to participate in and train for winter sports. The resulting loss in revenue may have a considerable effect on the region’s economy. Warmer water temperatures may reduce the region’s habitats for trout and other cold-water fish species. While the habitats for fish species more suited to warmer water may expand, periods of increased water temperature variation will make it more difficult for either type to thrive, thus reducing total fish populations in the region. 237

Supporting Project Aquifer Analysis and Management Tool Development

Regional aquifers provide municipal drinking water and furnish clean water to local streams and rivers, which promotes recreation, fishing, and aquatic habitat. The Tug Hill is one such aquifer. Municipalities served by this aquifer have implemented summer water conservation measures more frequently as climate has changed and uses have increased. One of the major users of water from this aquifer is Great Lakes Cheese in Adams, New York. Completing testing and modeling needed to support a detailed aquifer study will allow municipal, industrial, and individual users to better understand the capacity of the aquifer. A programmatic approach to this process will enable its replication for regional aquifers. This will provide more effective management of source-water aquifers throughout the region.

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