Thursday
December 28
, 2017


 

 

 

DEC provides grants for area water quality improvement projects

ALBANY – The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced water quality improvement grants for communities in the Hudson Valley. The projects are aimed at improving and protecting water quality, reducing polluted runoff, and restoring aquatic habitats.

The Town of Poughkeepsie will receive $28,063 to purchase and install mapping software that will be used to electronically map the existing town infrastructure. The project will enable the town to manage its entire water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure system.

The Dutchess County Land Conservancy will receive $982,290 to buy an easement on the Jordan Lane Farm in Pine Plains, which is important because of its proximity to the town’s well fields and other protected lands and its location overlaying recharge areas.

The Winnakee Land Trust will receive more than $1.2 million to acquire two parcels totaling 335 acres in the Town of Red Hook adjacent to the Saw Kill, the water supply for Bard College some 5,000 feet downstream. The project will protect the water supply, significant bat habitat, hydric soils and National Wetlands Inventory wetlands.

The City of Middletown will receive $128,887 a GIS-based stormwater management system to support key aspects of stormwater planning, management and compliance reporting. The city will also receive more than $3 million to purchase land and conservation easements surrounding Kinch Pond and enhance the riparian buffer.

The Orange County Water Authority will receive more than $1.7 million to purchase land or perpetual conservation easements that, if developed, would negatively impact water quality of Washington Lake and Brown’s Pond, the City of Newburgh’s water supply.

The Town of Patterson will receive $146,250 to construct a stormwater organic filter to capture and treat road runoff before it enters the Veteran’s Memorial Park pond.

The Town of Highland will receive $624,750 to construct an enclosed salt and sand shed at the site of the town highway garage. The current salt pile is adjacent to private wellheads and a class A trout stream.

The Town of Fallsburg will receive $110,500 to continue upgrading and expanding its wastewater treatment plant by constructing a new chemical feed system to meet phosphorous effluent limits.


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