June 17, 2008

Local Villages to Get Flood Grants

By The Daily Star, Oneonta, N.Y.

Jun. 17--The villages of Walton and Margaretville will receive funding for waterfront stabilization as part of $24.9 million in grants awarded from the state Environmental Protection Fund's Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.

Gov. David Paterson announced awards last week for 97 projects statewide. The awards cover a variety of planning, design and construction projects that focus on economic, community, environmental and recreational improvements.

"In Delaware County, where flooding has proved to be deadly, watershed management, flood mitigation and waterfront stabilization will help residents," Sen. John Bonacic, R-Mount Hope, said in a media release.

Margaretville will receive $58,989 to continue work on a phased waterfront stabilization project on the East Branch Delaware River at Pavilion Park. The work will include buffer soil renovation; invasive species eradication; streambank, floodplain and grassland plantings, and installation of a nature trail and trail placards.

Walton will continue its Third Brook Watershed Management Plan using a $58,081 grant to develop a watershed management plan for Third Brook, a tributary of the West Branch of the Delaware River. The basin was hit by flooding in June 2006. The project will complement additional efforts to plan for flood mitigation, as well as a comprehensive plan update.

"Clean water and vibrant waterfront communities are an exciting and essential goal of these waterfront projects," Judith Enck, deputy secretary for the environment, said in a media release.


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