Wappinger Creek watershed management plan update moves forward


WAPPINGER – The Village of Wappingers Falls is working with the state, an engineering firm and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Dutchess County to update the Nine-Element Watershed Management Plan for Wappinger Creek.
The project includes ongoing water quality sampling, development of a watershed characterization report, and recommendations for management strategies.
Areas of the creek watershed are known to contain contaminants including phosphorus.
Wappingers Falls Mayor Matthew Alexander said they are collaborating with two neighboring towns on one joint project already.
“We are currently working on a great project with the Town of Wappinger and Town of Poughkeepsie to get some sewage treatment facilities upstream up the way off-line to get them decommissioned and to get their sewage waste sent to an area outside the watershed that is already up and running so that it will not impact the watershed,” Alexander said.
The watershed management plan relies on public input and Cornell Cooperative Extension will conduct three public hearings, the first of which will be held on Thursday, September 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Dutchess County Farm and Home Center in Millbrook. 

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