1935 Flood Bath New YorkEnvironmental Emergency Services, Inc. Serving Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben Counties

E.E.S. is Here To Advise and Inform the Populace of Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben Counties of Severe Flooding, Drought and hazardous Materials Incidents.

Environmental Emergency Services, Inc., Is a not-for-profit corporation that derives its funding from contributions made by Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben Counties, as well as other Cities, Towns and Villages within those Counties. EES operates 3 main functions within the organization: Flood Warning and Detection (FWS); Drought monioting (FWS); and Chemical Hazard Technical Support (CHIT). The FWS provides a centralized point for data collection, analysis, and distribution for Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben Counties. This mission is carried out through the cooperative activities with the Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben County Emergency Management Offices (EMOs), the National Weather Service (NWS), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, (DEC), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE), and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for the mutual benefit of all parties.

Our region, Chemung Schuyler and Steuben Counties function as a regional group in many ways. Our emergency management offices constantly work together and are facilitated by a 501-C-3 Not for Profit agency Environmental Emergency Services, Inc (EES) with the express goal of coordination and facilitation of planning and preparedness activities. The regional planning entity, Southern Tier Regional Planning also represents our 3 counties and our 3 chief officials all serve on the board of directors. Our public transportation system covers the same area and the local media outlets are geared towards coverage of the same area. We believe that this is the best way for our area to be prepared.

Geographic features: The Chemung River is formed by the confluence of the Tioga River, flowing northward from Pennsylvania, and the Cohocton River, flowing southeast in New York. The Chemung joins the Susquehanna River at Sayre, Pennsylvania.

Drainage area: 2,604 square miles
Major tributaries: Chemung, Tioga, Cohocton, Cowanesque, Canisteo
Population: 250,323 (6% of the total basin population)
Major population centers: Elmira, Corning, Hornell (all in NY)

Water Use: 59.8% Power Generation; 22.4% Municipal; 9.7% Industrial; 4.2% Agricultural; 3.9% Domestic

Created in 1981, E.E.S. – A 3 county not-for-profit incorporation (501-c 3) Chemung Schuyler and Steuben Counties, Formerly the Chemung River Basin Flood Warning Support Corporation
Consensus for a self-help program – 1979 – “How Can We Help Ourselves !”
Steering committee formed
Memorandum of Understanding developed
Formed as Chemung River Basin Support Corporation —- 1981
Automated data collection equipment installed —– 1984

EES currently operates 30 Rain Gauges, 12 River Level Monitoring Sites and 7 Full Climate Stations Providing:

  • Real-Time Flood Information
  • Local historical flood information
  • Verification of past flood information
  • Verification of NWS flood models
  • Continued Expantion of our rain gauge networks
  • Data Allows for NWS/local development of small basin flood models
  • The ‘90’s Forced an Evolution to “Short Term-Flash Flood Events”

EES’s EOC became a “Clearing House” for Basin-wide information

Allows Emergency Management Offices, NWS and Corps “Hands-Free” information exchange