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Catskill Ctr. designs land-buy plan for watershed

Jun 04, 2013 6:41 am
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Jim Planck writes in The Daily Mail the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development has finished designing a potential land acquisition program for protecting streamside lands in New York City’s watershed. The Arkville, NY-based non-profit is currently under contract with the Town of Hunter. The result of a two-year study is the creation of a Riparian Buffer Program. The alternative land acquisition program will allow the purchase of streamside — or riparian — lands, including a buffer, to protect the water quality in the stream. The program, like the parcel acquisition program currently in place, does not call for the use of eminent domain. It requires a willing seller/willing buyer scenario. The next step is to put the program into a three-year pilot phase. The state at present has approximately $5 million earmarked for the funding of water quality projects. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.