Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District


The District provides technical assistance to municipalities and landowners to enhance and repair culverts and bridge crossings. Adequately sized and properly installed culverts prevent flooding and enhance fish passage.


District staff members are certified in the North Atlantic Connectivity Collaborative and assess road-stream crossings with a standardized methodology. We take precise channel width measurements to size culverts correctly to meet Department of Environmental Conservation and Army Corps of Engineers specifications and allow for aquatic passage.

Sediment and Erosion Control

The District aids landowners and municipalities with addressing stormwater, sediment, and erosion challenges. Assistance is also offered with shoreline and streambank stabilization. Some best management practices include:

  • Bioengineering, natural channel design, and green infrastructure.
  • Green armor – erosion control products include turf reinforcement mats, biotic soil amendments, and hydraulically-applied mulch that quickly stabilize the soil.
  • Hard armor - a traditional erosion prevention method that protects surfaces against strong water velocity and wave action and provides bank stabilization and protection along rivers, streams, and roads. Examples include rock riprap, gabions, precast block retaining walls, and rock chutes.
  • Diversions - stormwater runoff is redirected from an area prone to flooding and erosion to a more stable, safe location.
  • Vegetation - the deep roots of vegetation effectively hold soil in place and prevent erosion.

Permit Assistance

Staff are available to assist landowners and municipalities with Department of Environmental Conservation, Army Corps of Engineers, and Adirondack Park Agency permits.


Please contact us for more information on how we can help you obtain permits for:

  • Mined land reclamation
  • Culverts
  • Stream work
  • Ponds
  • Dredging
  • Shoreline stabilization
  • And more!
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Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District

Mapping & GIS

Geographic Information System (GIS) and mapping services are provided to landowners, businesses, and municipalities. Services include:

  • GIS mapping
  • Data querying
  • Project development
  • One-on-one assistance

Visit the Hamilton County Online Mapping System, a free, web-based GIS tool. Search for tax parcels, create topographic or aerial maps, or identify roads, state hiking trails, wetlands, rivers, or soil types.

Dry Hydrants

The District designs and installs dry hydrants at the request of any fire district or municipality. Dry hydrants offer easy access to water from a roadway, shorten the distance of water transportation, and distribute water in a short amount of time. They protect public health and safety.