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Two Towns Complete UDC 2021 River & Shoreline Clean-ups

NARROWSBURG – The Towns of Deerpark and Lumberland recently completed their projects under the Upper Delaware Council’s 2021 River and Shoreline Clean-up Grants.

Since initiating the grant program in 2014, the UDC has awarded $37,006.71 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 following the holidays of Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day to pick up debris along a 2.9-mile section from the beginning of Rt. 97 to the Lumberland town line. Actual expenses for labor, transportation, supplies, and disposal fees was $3,973.90.

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 $1,100.

The UDC had solicited proposals on March 25 with an April 23 deadline. The completion deadline to request reimbursement payment was September 20.

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