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Mar 11, 2011 3:22 pm
Flooding might not be as bad as feared
The Times Union notes that while water is still rising on local creeks and rivers, meteorologists say lower-than-expected amounts of rain could lessen the amount of flooding in the region. Steady drizzles of rain and occasional showers are expected to linger throughout the day Friday, but precipitation totals in the Capital Region will not be as heavy as anticipated, according to the National Weather Service.

Village mulls new water filtration
John Mason of the Register-Star writes that the village of Valatie was recently informed by the state Health Department that its surface water "may be communicating too well with its ground water, which could mean it needs a multimillion dollar water filtration plant." Representatives from Delaware Engineering presented the Village Board with a proposed water system improvement project earlier this week. The plan includes year-long sampling of the village wells and the Kinderhook Creek. If it were determined at the end of a year that the wells’ groundwater was not “under the direct influence of surface water,” the project would be deemed complete. Everyone's hoping for such a resolution, Mason writes.

MSMA considers Stormwater Specialist position
Michael Ryan of the Windham Journal reports that Mountaintop Supervisors and Mayors Association members, a group of rural Greene County government officials, have been presented with a plan for creating a shared Stormwater Specialist position that would be available to local towns and villages, helping them weave through an ever-growing regulatory maze. The position would be paid for by the Catskill Watershed Corporation's Watershed Assistance Program, which utilizes funding from New York City designed to alleviate development pressures on the city's vast watershed holdings ion the Catskills.

Cut for disabled kids draws ire
The Times Union reports that an estimated 600 disabled students, family members and educators joined legislators at the Capitol on Thursday morning, March 10, to ask Gov. Andrew Cuomo to pull back a planned funding cuts and changes regarding "4201" schools that work with 1,500 students who are blind, deaf or fall within an additional range of disabilities. Cuomo's budget proposal would require local districts to finance the cost, as is the case with other special education schools. The state would then reimburse 85 percent, with the remainder to be paid by the district. The end result would be an average reduction in state spending of 13.5 percent, although the cut sustained by each school would be up to the individual district.

How have you enjoyed this winter?
The Albany Business Journal has completed a business poll survey with the above question. Their findings? How have you enjoyed this winter?
19% loved the snow, and report having skied and snowshoed. 4% "got away from it" and vacationed in the sun. 23% were indifferent to it and "just went about life. 5% stayed inside as much as possible. 46% hated it and stated, "Can't wait for spring!" 3% were "other." No one had "no opinion."

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