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September 3, 2013

DEP to fund local stream repairs

Two local projects are among a $9 million-plus state plan to restore streams damaged by tropical storms Irene and Lee. 

Streambanks in Fleischmanns and Arkville are slated for repair through a program of restoration projects announced Thursday by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and its county partners in the stream management program. 

According to the release, the repairs will improve water quality and protect communities by stabilizing stream banks, reconnecting streams to their floodplains, and installing other upgrades related to infrastructure protection and drainage. The work will also reduce erosion that can introduce fine sediments into the city’s reservoirs. 

In Fleischmanns, eroded streambanks on Vly Creek will be stabilized, and damaged retaining walls will be repaired at multiple sites. Available floodplains will be graded at three sites to reduce water velocity and flood stage. The estimated cost for these projects is $1.3 million.

In Arkville, erosion of Dry Brook at the Arkville Trailer Park will be stabilized by installing rock and rip rap; and the stream bank and flood plain will be reconstructed to their approximate pre-flood locations. The estimated cost for this project is $400,000.

For the projects, DEP and its county partners committed $3.4 million in stream management funds, which helped to leverage the remaining funding from the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Emergency Watershed Program, according to the release. The federal program acknowledges that these waterways require upgrades because they currently pose a threat to public and private infrastructure, and water quality during large storms. 

The projects were identified through partnerships between the DEP; county soil and water districts in Delaware, Greene, Sullivan and Ulster counties; and Cornell Cooperative Extension. The stream management plans, past projects, and stream management guides are available at www.catskillstreams.org. This website will also have information about the Delaware, Schoharie, Rondout-Neversink, and Ashokan Stream Management Programs located throughout the watershed.

DEP manages New York City’s water supply from a watershed comprising 19 reservoirs and three controlled lakes.For more information, visit nyc.gov/dep, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/nycwater, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/nycwater.

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