Watershed Regulations

*New York Codes, Rules, and Regulations, Title 10 – Section 100.1* pertains to all lands within the drainages of Alcove and Basic Creek Reservoirs. For the current and long-term protection of the City of Albany’s water supply, all landowners within these boundaries are subject to routine inspections by water department staff, per the NYS Department of Health. These rules and regulations focus primarily on potentially impactful activities within close proximity to any waterbodies or water courses, such as aging septic systems, agricultural practices, waste or chemical storage, etc. We are interested in working with landowners to ensure they are in compliance. 

The term watercourse includes every spring, pond, lake, stream, ditch, gutter or channel of any kind, the waters of which, when running, wheather continuously or occasionally, eventually flow into the public water supply of the City of Albany. 

If you are, or think you may be, a landowner within these boundaries and have any questions, or are planning to perform work within 100' of a water course or wetland, please contact:  

Amy Walsh, Watershed Manager at awalsh@albanyny.gov or 518-434-5327

Watershed Rules:  Title: Section 100.1 - City of Albany | New York Codes, Rules and Regulations

DOH Section 100.1 - City Of Albany


*Please note that the DOH regulations are very robust and full of information.  If you have specific questions, 
please give us a call or email and we will be happy to address your specific needs.*