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MARGARETVILLE, NY, April 19, 2017 – A new video about the Catskill Watershed Corporation’s work in the New York City Watershed west of the Hudson River is an exciting element of the CWC’s newly redesigned website, www.cwconline.org.
The 16-minute video, “The Catskill Watershed Corporation: 20 Years of Caring for the Catskills,” was produced by Vecc Videography (Jessica Vecchione) in recognition of the non-profit organization’s two decades of water quality protection, economic development and education programs.
Featuring stunning all-season footage of streams, mountains and communities, the video includes interviews with CWC Executive Director Alan Rosa and Board President Mike Triolo; NYC Department of Environmental Protection Deputy Commissioner Paul Rush, and NYC Watershed Coordinator Tom Snow of the NYS DEC.
Offering their personal experiences with CWC programs are homeowner Deborah Frame of Denver, Catskill Mountain Country Store owners Drew and Natasha Shuster of Windham; Chip Seamans, president of Windham Mountain; Dottie Kruppo of UHS Delaware Valley Hospital in Walton; arts educator Laurie McIntosh; Columbia Secondary School teacher and administrator Laura Schultz and Meredith Hill; and Tri-Valley Central School eighth grader Justin Gallinghous.
The website was thoroughly overhauled by Silvertop Graphics (Lisa Tait) and Locust Grove Enterprises (Brian Sweeney). The site is easily navigated and features information on and applications for the popular septic replacement and maintenance programs; the flood mitigation implementation program and stormwater funding programs.
The multi-faceted Economic Development program is explained and guidance is offered to potential loan applicants. The Education page includes Watershed learning resources and information on CWC’s grant program for schools and organizations. And the Community Wastewater page describes the program which has provided wastewater solutions for nine hamlets, with five more in progress.
Reservoir Boating has its own page on the website, where you’ll find maps, brochures, contact information for steam cleaning and boat rental vendors, and a link to the NYC DEP’s site for obtaining recreational access permits to paddle or sail four City reservoirs in the Catskills.
CWC Board and staff members are identified with short profiles, Board and committee meeting agendas and minutes are posted, as are the past three Annual Reports. Visitors are encouraged to sign up to receive the CWC’s monthly electronic newsletter.
Histories of both the NYC Water System and the creation of the Watershed Memorandum of Agreement – including a one-hour audio documentary, “One Big City, Many Little Towns” — offer an in-depth look at the impact the system has had on land, culture and politics in the Catskills.