Delaware River access project gets $250,000 grant

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BARRYVILLE – A $250,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund will be paired with local funding and in-kind services to complete renovations to the Highland Access Point, a portal to the Delaware River in Barryville.

Over the course of 2020-2021, the Highland Access Point will be reconstructed by restoring native plants and installing bioswales and pervious pavement that will absorb stormwater runoff better than standard asphalt.

The access itself will be replaced with a more gently sloping and stabilized path. Signage with educational information will be installed along with facilities for temporary boat and bicycle storage.

The local share of costs will be borne by Sullivan County with in-kind services coming from the Town of Highland, the State Departments of Transportation and Environmental Conservation and the National Park Service.

The value of those contributions amounts to $305,345, bringing the total project to $555,345.

“This is part of a larger, ongoing effort to restore and add access points along Sullivan County’s portion of the Upper Delaware River,” said County Planning and Community Development Commissioner Freda Eisenberg.

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