Chapter 4: Natural Resources & the Environment

What is this Chapter?

There are several natural resources, features, and attractions in Moravia that provide both unique opportunities and challenges. This chapter documents land, water, and ecological resources and explains how they impact land use and land use decisions in the Village. Topics discussed in this Chapter include:

4.1 Land Resources (Slope & Topography; Surficial Geology; Soils; Soil Hydrologic Groups; Land Cover).
4.2 Hydrologic Resources (Surface Water; Watershed Boundaries; Flood Hazard Areas; Major Aquifers).
4.3 Ecological Resources (Protected Lands; Public Hunting Areas; Rare Plants & Animals; Important Bird Areas; Community Forestry; Invasive Species).

Why is it important?

  • Thorough documentation of natural resources can inform land use and policy decisions.
  • Understanding the origins, extent, and how natural resources influence daily life in the Village is necessary background for managing and protecting them, as well as enhancing our quality of life.

What are the takaways?

  • Effective management of natural resources will help prepare the Village for extreme weather events and the potential impacts of climate change.
  • Though some of the most vital and vulnerable natural resources are outside of the Village limits, such as the Owasco Flats, Owasco Lake, and a large section of confined aquifer, the Village’s dependence on these resources underscores the importance of preserving and protecting them.
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