Study Termination

Based on compiled and collected data, technical evaluations, and analyses, no viable flood risk management alternatives were identified by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under the study authority that met the necessary criteria of being in the federal interest based on evaluation of economic, engineering and environmental criteria. The study team identified various other projects that may be viable under other Army Corps authorities, or through authorities and programs of other state and federal agencies. Therefore, the Army Corps terminated this study in winter/spring 2020. View completion report and associated appendices below.

USRB Feasibility Study Overview

Upper Susquehanna River Basin Comprehensive Flood Damage Reduction Feasibility Study

Within New York, the Upper Susquehanna River Basin (USRB), excluding the Chemung River watershed, drains approximately 4,520 square miles in the south central part of the state. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has constructed 20 flood risk management projects in the USRB dating back to 1938

USACE and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the study sponsor, planned to evaluate many of these projects under USACE’s feasibility study process. The study was initiated in summer 2016 under a resolution of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the U.S. House of Representatives, adopted Sept. 24, 2008, for the Upper Susquehanna River Basin, New York.

The feasibility study intent is to identify the current risk for flooding and propose ways to minimize the impact from flood events, preliminarily determine environmental and economic impact from various levels of flooding, and suggest structural and non-structural alternatives that could help minimize damage to life and property. 

The feasibility study involved updating existing hydrologic and hydraulic models of the USRB, defining levels of protection at the existing levee/floodwall projects, and determining preliminary economic benefits for the existing levees/floodwalls.

One flood risk management project location was to be chosen by the Project Delivery Team; however, no projects were found to be in the federal interest. 

Public Meetings

Public scoping meetings were held in November 2016 for the study in three different municipalities including Owego Village on Nov. 21, 2016; the Town of Chenango on Nov. 22, 2016; and the Village of Sidney on Nov. 30, 2016. Click to view a paraphrased record of questions and discussion from each meeting.  


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Stakeholder Engagement

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) held a Stakeholder USRB Study Update Meeting and Workshop for local community officials and other governmental stakeholders for the cities, towns and villages of Binghamton, Endicott, Vestal, Johnson City, Union, Port Dickinson, Owego, and Oneonta, May 7,2019. The purpose of the meeting was to present and discuss the study analysis, answer questions, receive comments from community officials and provide recommendations.