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UDC Awards Grants to Two Towns to Clean Up River and Its Banks

NARROWSBURG – The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) voted on May 2 to award a combined $5,085.91 to the Towns of Deerpark and Highland through its 2024 River and Shoreline Clean-up Grants.

Since initiating the grant program in 2014 through 2023, 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 will focus 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 will conduct three sweeps after Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day to pick up debris along a 2.9-mile section to the Lumberland town line. Estimated expenses for labor, transportation, supplies, and disposal fees are $3,945.91.

The Town of Highland will contract with Matt Sallusto from NextGen Property Services to organize a one-day clean-up in August by boat and along the town’s shoreline. The funding request of $1,140 will cover supplies, a dumpster, and transportation for trash disposal.

The UDC solicited proposals on March 4 with an April 19 deadline. Completion deadline to request reimbursement payment is September 10.

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