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Upper Susquehanna Conservation Alliance

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The Upper Susquehanna Conservation Alliance (USCA) is an alliance of agencies, organizations, academic institutions, and individuals who are working collaboratively to conduct green infrastructure planning, implement restoration and maintenance of high quality waters and habitats, protect and restore species of greatest conservation need, reduce impacts of flooding, and promote sustainable working landscapes for the people of the watershed.

In 2010, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), New York Field Office led the establishment of the USCA to promote landscape level conservation in the New York portion of the Susquehanna River/Chesapeake Bay watershed. This effort has resulted in over 200 members from 50 organizations working together in this portion of the watershed. For the past 5 years, the Service has sponsored annual meetings in order to strengthen partnerships, share funding opportunities, and work collaboratively on conservation projects.

Through self-directed work groups, the USCA encourages the sharing of resources and ideas in order to develop a more united vision and to focus future actions on specific areas of need. These teams target alliance priorities, combining ideas and assets to address key concerns in a timely manner. To learn more about the work groups that target these focal areas, follow the links in the right sidebar.


Recent information:

April 2019: $30,000 currently available from USFWS, RFP out currently, inquire through USCA if interested.

4/12/19 Available now! Upper Susquehanna River Basin Study Fish & Wildlife Coordination Act Report - Comprehensive Flood Damage Reduction Study (4 MB PDF)

2018 Request for Proposals (RFP) for EPA’s two major assistance grants:

  1. Small Watershed Grants --  this program promotes community-based efforts to develop conservation strategies to protect and restore the diverse natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. 
  2. Innovative and Nutrient Sediment Reduction (INSR) Grants – this program supports efforts within the Chesapeake Bay watershed that will vastly accelerate sub-watershed and/or regional scale implementation of nutrient and sediment reductions with innovative, sustainable, and cost-effective approaches. 

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Our contact list is growing quickly with new collaborators from within New York State and from other states interested in the Upper Susquehanna, the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay.   If you are interested in getting further information about the USCA, please contact:

David Stilwell, Chairman, Upper Susquehanna Conservation Alliance
Project Leader of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, New York Field Office
3817 Luker Road
Cortland, NY  13045
Phone: (607) 753-9334

Disclaimer: The USCA is has no affiliation and is not a registered organization.  It is a collaborative working organization, led by the Service's New York FIeld Office.  There are no fees associated with membership. Collaborators are affiliated with groups including:



Work Groups:

Roadside Ditch

Conservation Planning

Flood/USRB working group

Eastern Brook Trout

Pearly Mussel

Eastern Hellbender



Last updated: May 9, 2019
All images by FWS unless otherwise noted.