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Three UDC Towns Complete River and Shoreline Clean-ups

Three UDC Towns Complete River and Shoreline Clean-ups

Caption: Ann Steimle plucked litter along the river banks in the Town of Lumberland.

NARROWSBURG – The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) has finalized payments to the Towns of Tusten, Lumberland, and Deerpark for completion of their 2019 River & Shoreline Clean-up Grants projects.

Since initiating the grant program in 2014, the UDC has awarded $26,934.34 cumulatively to participating member municipalities. This year’s tally was $5,303.78.

The Town of Tusten contracted with K&D Freda Enterprises of Narrowsburg to clean trash along the Delaware River shoreline from the Skinners Falls River Access to the Tusten/Highland border on three occasions in late June, late July, and a donated outing in early September. Total town expenses of $1,252.50 included a dumpster rental for the litter and disposal fees for 1.25 tons of collected tires by M.M.M. Waste Removal of Beach Lake, PA. The Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camps provided volunteer assistance. The UDC grant was $900.

The Town of Lumberland contracted with Ann Steimle of Glen Spey to collect trash every other week starting May 15 along the river banks within the town from Camp Tel-Yehudah to the Mongaup River Access at the Lumberland/Deerpark border for the UDC grant award of $1,100.

The Town of Deerpark focused its efforts on the Hawk’s Nest area of the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway New York State Route 97, running parallel to the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River. The Town Highway Department did a spring and fall clean-up of a 2.9-mile section to the Lumberland town line for their $3,303.78 UDC grant. Total costs were $3,478.14 for labor, transportation, dumping fees, and supplies.

Applications were approved by the UDC on May 2, with a clean-up project deadline of Sept. 16 set.

The UDC chooses to allocate a portion of its federal operating funds provided through its Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, to help keep the river and its environs pristine.

The non-profit Council’s voting members are 13 local governments, the State of New York, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The UDC works in partnership with the National Park Service to oversee conservation of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, which the U.S. Congress designated to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System in 1978 to afford federal protection of its outstanding values.

For more information, please visit www.upperdelawarecouncil.org.