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Windham gets grant to study GNH move

Feb 12, 2016 6:15 am

Michael Ryan is reporting in the Windham Journal the Catskill Watershed Corporation has awarded the town of Windham a Flood Hazard Mitigation Implementation grant to conduct a feasibility study. The funds will be combined with support already set aside by the Greene County Industrial Development Agency for the same project. The study will examine the possibility of relocating GNH Lumber from its current location, along the Batavia Kill, to an as-yet underdetermined location out of the flood plain. A potential new spot is on the site of the former Police Anchor Camp along Route 23 on the east side of town. Officials have looked at multiple locations, but believe the Police Anchor Camp site holds the greatest potential. GNH Lumber was identified as an anchor business in a Local Flood Analysis in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene. Flooding was particularly harsh in the summer of 2011, at the location GNH currently occupies. Multiple agencies would be involved in any relocation effort, including the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. The department has paid for studies in towns and villages such as Prattsville where immense infrastructure and flood mitigation improvements are underway. Read the full story in the Windham Journal.