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UDC Launches New Website

NARROWSBURG – The Upper Delaware Council, Inc. (UDC) announces the launch of its first-ever website at www.upperdelawarecouncil.org, made possible by a 2007-08 New York State Community Projects Appropriation grant that Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (98th District) secured for UDC program support.

The website features: a home page description of the non-profit organization and its services, with a rotating series of Upper Delaware River Valley images provided throughout the site by photographer and UDC Senior Resource Specialist David B. Soete; a map of the designated Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River corridor and the UDC office’s Narrowsburg, NY location; and navigation bars to access the UDC’s membership directory, meetings schedule, meeting minutes, press releases, Technical Assistance Grants (TAG) program, publications, links & resources, a photo gallery, and contact information.

The site also offers new, on-line availability of “The Upper Delaware” quarterly newsletter in full color, the popular “Visitor Information Map & Guide for Touring the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River”, and other UDC brochures to view, print, or request copies of, as well as downloadable forms for the annual TAG program, and “Did You Know?” trivia items pertaining to the Upper Delaware region.

The UDC’s Operations Committee awarded the contract for development of the website to W Design of Barryville, NY on April 22, 2008 following a competitive bidding process.

UDC staff worked with W Design Creative Director Dorene Warner to assist in the design and provide the content for the website that officially launched on July 4, 2008. The local company will provide hosting and maintenance services for one year, while training staff to sustain the website in the future.

The UDC is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2008 as the oversight body responsible for the coordinated implement ation of the River Management Plan for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, a component since 1978 of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

Its voting members are 11 out of the 15 eligible New York towns and Pennsylvania townships that border on the Upper Delaware River, along with those two states, who all appoint representatives to serve on the Council board. The Delaware River Basin Commission is a non-voting member. The National Park Service Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River is a partner in the conservation-based initiative.