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State legislation supports the Peekskill Hollow Creek

ALBANY - The new designation of the Peekskill Hollow Creek as an inland waterway was approved by the state legislature.  This designation was made possible through legislation, introduced by Assemblyman Kevin Byrne and Sen. Sue Serino, which passed earlier this year and was signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on July 25, 2017.

By designating the Peekskill Hollow Creek as an inland waterway, municipalities along the Peekskill Hollow Creek may elect to participate in the New York State Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. This would allow them to qualify for state waterfront revitalization grants to revitalize the area and adopt various protections to preserve the waterway.

“Growing up in Putnam Valley, I was constantly exposed to and enjoyed the benefits that the Peekskill Hollow Creek gave to our community,” Assemblyman Byrne said.  “Designating the Peekskill Hollow Creek as an inland waterway will better enable Putnam Valley to protect the vitality of the waterway and its surrounding habitats.”

“The preservation and enhancement of local waterways is imperative to our state’s environmental future,” Sen. Sue Serino said.  “Putnam Valley will now have the opportunity to apply for funding that has the potential to improve the creek’s waterfront and quality of life for local residents."

LWRP funding may be obtained through grants from the state’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) and is used to preserve and protect open spaces and wildlife habitats near the waterfront, and may also be used to provide resiliency against flooding.  In addition, funding is also available to preserve water quality and combat threats such as pollution and invasive species.


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