2017-09-20 / News

CWC funds stormwater runoff and flood mitigation projects

Margaretville – The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) Board of Directors took steps at its most recent meeting to address common, everyday storm- water runoff, as well as to anticipate the next big flood.

The CWC Board authorized funding for two Stormwater Retrofit projects in Windham and Walton.

Approval was given to allocate $213,518 for the installation of bioretention and drainage structures to handle runoff from parking areas at the Windham Theater complex. The project will re-grade the lots off Church and Vets Streets, and will utilize a rain garden, trees and shrubs to remove pollutants before stormwater is discharged to the Bataviakill stream in the Schoharie Reservoir basin.

A $50,000 grant was awarded to the Town of Walton to conduct a stormwater planning and assessment project. The project will map and assess the condition of culverts and other stormwater conveyances, perform hydraulic and hydrologic tests and identify possible infrastructure improvements.

The Board also approved two projects to be conducted under the Flood Hazard Mitigation Implementation Program.

A $23,000 grant for design of streambank stabilization measures on Mitchell Hollow stream was awarded to the Town of Windham. Funds will be used to engage Delaware Engineering to conduct a topographical survey and an assessment of the area and then design measures to correct slope failure. The aim is to prevent further bank collapse and erosion, providing more protection for a home and business located near where NYS Route 23 crosses the stream. The project was among recommendations in the Local Flood Analysis (LFA) for Windham.

The CWC Board also approved a $52,921 contract with Tweedie Construction of Walton to demolish a Jewett house that has been acquired by New York City through a flood buy-out program managed by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Tweedie was the low bidder on the project to remove the house, which was substantially damaged in 2011 flooding and sits precariously on the banks of the East Kill stream along Greene County Route 17.

In a related matter, the Board set December 1, 2017 as the deadline for grant applications under the Local Technical Assistance Program’s Sustainable Communities Program. Grants are for Watershed municipalities that have completed or are undertaking an LFA and who wish to update zoning codes, maps or comprehensive plans to provide for relocations of residences and businesses purchased under the DEP Flood Buyout Program.

For more information on the CWC and its programs to protect water quality, and preserve communities in the Catskill- Delaware Watershed, visit www.cwconline.org.

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