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2019-04-10 / Outdoor Life

UDC Seeks Municipal Proposals For River, Shoreline Clean-ups

The Upper Delaware Council, Inc. (UDC) will accept applications through April 19 for its 2019 river and shoreline cleanup grants program.

The grants are available to UDC member municipalities in New York (towns of Hancock, Fremont, Delaware, Cochecton, Tusten, Highland, Lumberland and Deerpark) and Pennsylvania (Berlin, Damascus, Lackawaxen, Shohola, and Westfall townships).

The council has budgeted $5,000 for this year’s program.

Since 2014 when the cleanups were subsidized by $3,000 allocated for this purpose by the National Park Service Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River under Acting Superintendent Malcolm Wilbur, the UDC has opted to continue to share the federal funding for the nonprofit organization’s operations with its membership in the form of river clean-up and technical assistance grants.

A cumulative total of $21,630.56 has been disbursed over the past five years.

The program is intended to encourage organized cleanups in the river and along the banks to help maintain the pristine quality of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River.

Priority is given to projects in which adult and youth volunteers are involved, show local investment, and reflect a commitment to become self-sustaining. Respect for private property rights is paramount during cleanups.

Interested towns and townships must submit a letter to the UDC describing their project, an estimated budget with a breakdown for materials and services, the funding amount requested, and contact information for a project leader.

The UDC Operations Committee will review applications at its April 23 meeting and the full council will vote on the awards on May 2.

Successful applicants will have until August 16 to complete their projects and submit a reimbursement payment request.

For more information, contact UDC Executive Director Laurie Ramie at 845- 252-3022 or laurie@upperdelawarecouncil.org.

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