Environmental Management Council


We are now accepting registrations for the 2014 Riverbank Cleanup being held Saturday, October 11th. See our Riverbank Cleanup Page for more information.

Upcoming Meetings

2014 EMC Meeting and Events Calendar

Broome County Environmental Management Council (EMC)
Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County
840 Upper Front Street, Binghamton, NY


5:30pm -  Public Meeting:
Broome County Watershed Based Flood Mitigation Strategy
Followed by EMC Business meeting



  1. Broome County Watershed Based Flood Mitigation Strategy -  The Broome County Planning Department is currently undertaking a study that aims to take a regional approach to dealing with local flood issues. The plan will identify flood impacts throughout the County and develop watershed based mitigation strategies for identified priority sites. The goal is to identify mitigation projects that, when implemented, will address flooding issues at multiple sites, across municipal boundaries, for long-term mitigation benefits. Planning has collected information from local municipal representatives and agencies and is about to begin the next phase of analysis. Our consultants, Woidt Engineering, will be on hand to update the public on the data collected thus far and seek to collect input regarding any additional sites that may not have been identified throughout the community. All residents are welcome and encouraged to attend.
  2. Announcements, Privilege of the floor, Items of Interest
  3. Riverbank Cleanup
  4. Conference on the Environment Updates
  5. CAC and Committee Updates
  6. Membership Items

Natural Resources Committee:

The NRC is scheduled for Wednesday, October 15th at 4:30pm at the Broome County Public Library, 185 Court Street, Binghamton.


2014 Work Plan Items

Special Events

 EDST's Annual Earth Fest:  http://www.myedst.org/earth.html

The EMC will once again attend the annual Earth Fest sponsored by Earth Day Southern Tier.

Earth Fest is one of the longest-running celebrations of Earth Day in the nation and a respected Southern Tier institution.

Earth Fest draws over 3,000 visitors and each year.  As such, sponsors and participants can expect exposure to a wide audience, recognition as a green community member and numerous networking possibilities. This year, as always, we look forward to adding additional opportunities for education and fun at Earth Fest. Please share your ideas with us! 

2014 Riverbank Clean-Up: 

The event this year is scheduled for October 11th. See the Riverbank Clean-Up page of our website for more information. You can more details about participating in the event, stream captain responsibilities and past clean-ups.




Joyce K.L. Smith Environmental Photography Competition:

The JKLS Environmental Photography Competition will NOT be held this year (2014). Thank you to everyone who has participated as a volunteer or an entrant. If you wish to be added to the email list for notifications should this event or a simlar event be held in the future, you can visit our mailing list page to submit your information. 

For information about past events go to the Photo Show page.


Membership Information


Broome County Environmental Management Council

Broome County Environmental Management Council


About Us

Calendar of Events

Documents, Meeting Archives & Public Programs

Links to other agencies


Citizens Shaping Environmental Policy

The Broome County Environmental Management Council (EMC) is a citizen advisory group to County government on local environmental matters. Our mission is to provide support and advice to the County Executive, Legislature, municipal bodies and citizens; conduct environmental research activities; raise public awareness through education; investigate sound methods of ecological planning for the County’s natural resources;  review environmental assessments, plans and reports; and to respond to other environmental concerns as they arise.

Public Programs

Joyce K.L. Smith Environmental Photography Show and Competition
The EMC is sponsoring its fifteenth show and competition as a celebration of its work to protect and enhance Broome County's environment. It is named in memory of Joyce K. L. Smith, a former member of the EMC and local leader and community activist for the environment. The purpose of the show is to portray all aspects of Broome County's cultural and natural surroundings. Entries are due on March 16th. An opening reception will be held at the Broome County Public Library May 11, 2011 and winning photographs will be displayed through July 31, 2010. For more details visit the Photo Show page.

EMC Riverbank Clean-Up Information
Since 1990, the EMC has sponsored 24 organized clean-ups of the Susquehanna, Chenango, and Tioughnioga Rivers and their tributaries. On October 2nd, 211 volunteers collected 1.26 tons of debris and trash at locations along the banks of area’s rivers and tributaries. Once again, the event was organized in combination with Ocean Conservancy and the American Littoral Society (ALS). The next clean-up is planned for Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 9am until noon, rain or shine.  Pre-registration is required. Registration details are not yet available. Continue to check the EMC website or contact the EMC office for further details as they become available.

Book Recycling Fair
Broome County discontinued the Program. For alternative disposal options, please visit the  Division of Solid Waste Management Reuse and Recycling Guide: gobroomecounty.com/solidwaste/recycleguide

Agency Coordination
EMC staff and volunteers network with other local and regional agencies, such as Earth Day Southern Tier, Broome County Water Quality Coordinating Committee, The Broome-Tioga Stormwater Coalition, Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study, the Broome County Division of Solid Waste Management, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, Upper Susquehanna Coalition, and the New York State Association of EMCs, among others.

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