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The Southern Tier East Regional Planning Development Board (STE) was established in 1968 as a special purpose local government unit under Articles 5G and 12B of New York State's General Municipal Law.  It operates under joint resolution of the legislative bodies of our member counties: Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie and Tioga. In 1985, the Regional Board created an affiliated not‐for‐profit service corporation, Tier Information and Enterprise Resources, Incorporated (TIER), in order to expand its services. As part of the Appalachian Region, STE serves its seven member counties and Tompkins County.  As an Economic Development District for the US Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, the board currently serves five of its member counties. Based on the most recent American Communities Survey (2013), STE's eight‐county Appalachian Region was the home for 592,002 people.

Intergovernmental Reviews:

An Intergovernmental Review is required for any project or action that is included in the New York State List of Eligible Federal Programs for the Intergovernmental Review Process, as issued by the NYS State Division of Budget.  A list of Federal Programs can be found in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) found by clicking here.

Southern Tier East functions as an area-wide clearinghouse for all projects within the counties of Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Tioga, and Tompkins.  

When submitting an application for funding, applicants should include a completed copy of the Standard 424 form which can be found here.

For further assistance please contact our office at (607) 724-1327.

Water Quality Information:

STE works with County Water Quality Coordinating Committees (CWQCC) and watershed groups to improve the water quality across the region.  Our regional watershed resource webpage can be found here.

The Upper Susquehanna River Drainage Sub-Basin crosses all 8 counties in the STE Region. Several bodies of water in the watershed have been identified as impaired and are located along portions of the Susquehanna River, Chenango River, Unadilla River, Park Creek, Goodyear Lake, and Whitney Point Reservoir. In Broome County, the Whitney Point Reservoir and a portion of the Lower Susquehanna River have been assessed as impaired and require the development of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) or other restoration strategy. Two other drainage basins include the Mohawk and Delaware Rivers.  The Mohawk River Drainage Basin covers most of Schoharie County, where Engleville Pond and Summit Lake have been identified as impaired.  The Delaware River Basin crosses Delaware County where impaired water bodies include the Pepacton and Cannonsville Reservoir, and a portion of eastern Broome where Fly Pond and Deer Lake are impaired. The severity of water quality problems at these specified locations has been assessed and documented at a state level.  

With assistance from the DEC, STE works with CWQCCs to take local action to address water quality problems and needs in each county to plan for water quality improvement programs and remediation efforts in impaired water bodies and protection of healthy water bodies across the region.

More information about the Upper Susquehanna watershed can be found here, the Mohawk Valley watershed here, and the Delaware watershed here.  

To view Central NY's 2016 Stormwater Training Series click here.

More information on DEC's list of water bodies of concern can be found here.

EPA's 2015 Stormwater Calculator can be found here.

Request for DEC stream sampling can be found here.  Sampling for Susquehanna Watersheds can be found here.  Sampling for the Mohawk Valley Watersheds can be found here.

Strategy for climate adaptation can be found here.

Emergency Preparedness Training:
Thanks to NADO, access to tool for Financial Planning for Disasters

More about this tool can be found here.

Innovative Readiness Training:
STE partnered with Cortland County and Chenango County and the Department of Defense to bring two Innovative Readiness Training events to the Southern Tier in July 2016. Innovative Readiness Training provides real world training opportunities for our service members and units to prepare them for their wartime missions while supporting the needs of America's under-served communities.To learn more about this training program please click here.   Healthy Cortland and Greater Chenango Cares will took place from July 15, 2016 through July 24, 2016 and provided no-cost medical, dental, and veterinary services to patients. For more information and to view photographs from this exciting event, please visit the Healthy Cortland website: and Greater Chenango Cares Facebook page: 

STE  partnered with Chenango County to bring Greater Chenango Cares to Norwich, NY in 2015, where more than 2,400 human and animal patients received services. 

Communities served @ Innovative Readiness Training 2015