CWC awards grants, plans septic program

The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) Board of Directors on July 22 approved two storm water grants to the Town of Shandaken as well as a grant to the Village of Walton to repair a stream bank retaining wall. The board also heard from Executive Director Alan Rosa that a $26 million contract between CWC and New York City has been executed to continue the residential septic repair program through 2017, and to allow planning for two new septic programs to go forward.
Rules for the new programs – to help watershed small businesses pay for repairs and replacements of failing septic systems, and to provide systems for small clusters of homes – are in development. The programs are expected to be operational by the end of the year.
Grants approved for the Town of Shandaken on July 22 will pay to plan and implement storm water improvements. An award of $35,530 will enable a Storm water Infrastructure Planning and Assessment Project. Another grant, for $24,436, will purchase and install brine tanks for four dump trucks, and a fifth brine storage tank.