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May 10, 2014

Students try a different type of spring cleaning

About 750 SUNY Oneonta students volunteered at 47 sites during this year’s “Into the Streets” day presented by the college’s Center for Social Responsibility and Community, organizers said.

Lourdes Paulino, student coordinator, said 4,500 hours were worked Saturday, May 3, representing a value of $122,040.

State University College at Oneonta students were to volunteer in Oneonta, Laurens, Milford, Cooperstown and Edmeston and help with a range of projects including painting and cleaning at nonprofit agencies, schools and churches.

In the city of Oneonta, students washed windows downtown, power-washed sidewalks and cleaned up and mulched in the parks, city officials said.

Mayor Dick Miller said the work was a “great” contribution to the city and at this week’s Common Council meeting noted the students’ efforts.

“We’re very grateful to them,” he said.

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Sen. Tom Carper, a Democrat from the state of Delaware, re-introduced the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act with support from Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrats representing New York, among other colleagues.

The Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed said the act would give a much-needed boost to preservation and restoration efforts in the basin and help ensure that its vital resources remain available for future generations, according to a media release.

The law would create a non-regulatory Delaware River Basin restoration program within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to provide a conservation strategy.

“The Delaware River is an important part of the heritage and economy of upstate, as well as a source of clean drinking water for millions,” Schumer said in a media release issued by Carper. “Creating a partnership to coordinate conservation efforts will allow New York and other states to build on their successes and enhance water quality and the environment throughout the Delaware River watershed.”

The Delaware River watershed stretches more than 300 miles from the Catskill Mountains to the Delaware Bay in Delaware.

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