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William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
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July 10, 2001


County Water Authority to Receive Funds for Harlem Valley Project

Poughkeepsie. . . County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced the signing of an agreement for $11,000 with the Dutchess County Water and Wastewater Authority to insure the preparation of model watershed zoning provisions.  Dover, Amenia and the Town and Village of Pawling will contribute an additional $3,000, for a total cost of $14,000.

The County Executive commented, “Since groundwater is the only plausible water supply for the communities in the Harlem Valley, it is important to look at the long-term view in order to protect this valuable resource.  The county is assisting with a regional (watershed) approach to protecting a regional resource through the cooperation and support of local municipalities.  This cooperative approach builds on the recommendations of an earlier study funded by County, State Greenway and local government entities, and underscores our ongoing commitment to implement the recommendations from the Harlem Valley Watershed Investigations, which were part of an earlier study.”

The purpose of the Model Ordinance is to develop common language for regulations defining specific technical and zoning details to use in conjunction with municipal aquifer overlay maps in the hope that uniform protection will be adopted throughout the Harlem Valley and eventually

in other municipalities in Dutchess County.  This established language will ease the burden of the communities for developing their own ordinances and allow them to contribute to the protection of critical groundwater resources.

According to Mr. Steinhaus, “Because water does not respect physical boundary lines, it is imperative we develop regional uniformity to protect the entire Harlem Valley watershed system.   At the same time, this approach will provide an important model that may be used to serve other watershed areas throughout the County.”


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