NARROWSBURG – The Towns of Deerpark and Lumberland have completed their projects under the Upper Delaware Council’s 2023 River & Shoreline Clean-up Grants program.
The UDC’s Operations Committee on Sept. 26 approved reimbursement of the towns’ actual expenses totaling $7,040.13.
Since initiating the grant program in 2014, the UDC has awarded $48,403.13 to participating member municipalities as an investment of the Council’s operating funds to help keep the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River and its banks pristine.
The Town of Deerpark focused efforts on the Hawk’s Nest area of the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway New York State Route 97, a much-photographed winding hillside route which offers sweeping views from 200 feet above the river.
The Town Highway Department conducted three multi-day sweeps after Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day to pick up debris along a 2.9-mile section to the Lumberland town line. The cost for labor, transportation, supplies, and disposal fees was $5,640.13.
The Town of Lumberland hired contractor Ann Steimle of Glen Spey to collect trash every other week during the summer along the town’s river banks from Camp Tel-Yehudah to the Mongaup River Access at the Deerpark border for $1,400.
The UDC solicited proposals on March 22 with an April 21 deadline. Completion deadline to request reimbursement payment was September 20.
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