Vil­lage, town to ap­ply for flood-mit­i­ga­tion grant

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­line.com

The vil­lage will work with the town on an ap­pli­ca­tion for up to $99,000 in state aid to iden­tify in­fra­struc­ture at high risk of be­ing dam­aged by flood­ing.

The money would come from the state Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion’s Hud­son River Es­tu­ary Pro­gram.

“It’s been a very ef­fec­tive tool for help­ing com­mu­ni­ties make hard de­ci­sions about how to spend money for mit­i­gat­ing flood hot spots, whether it’s bridges or cul­verts,” wa­ter­shed ad­vo­cate Mary McNa­mara told Vil­lage Board mem­bers at a meet­ing Mon­day.

The grant is be­ing of­fered for the first time out­side of the New York City wa­ter­shed, and McNa­mara said the vil­lage could, in its ap­pli­ca­tion, em­pha­size pro­tec­tion of its reser­voir in the ham­let of Blue Moun­tain, about 6 miles out­side of the vil­lage.

“It’s a first-time grant that has no match, so it’s a com­pletely free grant,” she said. “It’s a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for com­mu­ni­ties to give it a try to see how it works.”

The fund­ing pro­gram is be­ing ad­min­is­tered in co­op­er­a­tion with the New Eng­land In­ter­state Water Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Com­mis­sion, which was es­tab­lished in 1947 un­der fed­eral reg­u­la­tions to en­cour­age co­op­er­a­tion be­tween states when con­duct­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal projects.

“The goal of this project is to col­lect, as­sess and pro­vide in­for­ma­tion to com­mu­ni­ties to help them ad­dress flood­ing vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties and mit­i­gate flood im­pacts through mea­sures that main­tain, im­prove and re­store nat­u­ral pro­cesses and rec­og­nize the value of lo­cal wet­lands and forests in a wa­ter­shed,” the com­mis­sion states. “The wa­ter­shed to be as­sessed does not need to in­clude a public drink­ing water source, al­though its in­clu­sion is pre­ferred.”

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