Black River Initiative

The Black River Initiative is a multi-pronged approach to protect and improve the water quality, recreational opportunities and communities along the Black River. The Black River Watershed Management Plan (2010), Black River Blueway Trail Plan (2007), and Black River Trail Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan (2012) provide the foundation to advance existing efforts and new projects that enhance and improve all aspects of the Black River.

Black River Initiative Newsletters:
Winter 2015 Black River Newsletter
Winter 2014 Black River Newsletter
Spring 2009 Black River Newsletter

Black River Blueway Trail Project:
Black River Blueway Trail
Black River Navigation Study

Black River Tail Scenic Byway Project:
Black River Trail Scenic Byway

Black River Watershed Management Plan:
Black River Watershed Management Plan
Black River Nine Element Watershed Management Plan

The Black River Watershed Conference is held in June every year. In 2016, the conference was June 8th at Maggie’s on the River in Watertown.

Black River Watershed Conference 2016 Presentations:
Nichelle Billhardt Lewis County Projects
Emily Sheridan Project Updates
Jeffrey Polkowski Planning for an Inviting and Active Urban Riverfront
Frank Pace Green Infrastructure Project Lewis County
Dick McDonald Hydropower Advisory Councils
Jessica Hart Hydroeletric Facilities and FERC

Christine Watkins Jefferson County SWCD MS4 Update
Bill Kappel Hydrology and Geology of the BRW


Black River Watershed Conference 2015 Presentations:
Dairy Manure AFO CAFO 101
EFC Green Infrastructure
Black River Watershed Project Updates
Jefferson County Stormwater Coalition
bus tour stops
Speaker Bios

Black River Watershed Conference 2014 Presentations:
2010 Census and New Storm Water in the Jefferson County Urbanized Area
Emergency Response to Flooding and the Problems of the Response
Fish-Species-Distributions Fish-Atlas-Project
Lyons Falls Presentation
US Army Corps of Engineers 2014 Emergency Presentation