Clearwater Seeks Public Input at Public Meeting for Green Urban Corridor Planning Project

WHAT:  Clearwater and the Fall Kill Watershed Committee are poised to transform the urban portion of the Fall Kill Creek into an attractive community resource, accessible through walking trails, while improving water quality. The work is part of a continuing project to improve water quality throughout the Fall Kill Watershed and funded through a recently awarded $52,500 Hudson River Estuary Grant from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, supported through the NYS Environmental Protection Fund.

A public meeting will be held July 6, in Poughkeepsie, NY, to gather community input for the Fall Kill Creek Green Urban Corridor Planning Project.  The goal of the project is to create a Master Plan for a walkable green corridor that roughly follows the path of the Fall Kill, bridges connections with community centers and the City’s urban core, and incorporates Green Infrastructure practices to reduce untreated stormwater inputs to the Fall Kill.

The input and engagement of the people of Poughkeepsie is key to the success of this project. Working from the ground up and starting from a grassroots level will lead to increased stewardship, improved water quality, and ultimately the revitalization of the Fall Kill as an important economic and community resource.

The public meeting is open to the public and residents, business owners, community groups, and  stakeholders are invited and encouraged to attend.

WHEN:  July 6, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

WHERE: Public Safety Building, 505 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, NY

WHO: Dutchess County community members,  business owners, community groups, and stakeholders. Clearwater, as coordinating member of the Fall Kill Watershed Committee, will work with a diverse array of partners including community members, municipal officials, and youth on this multi-part project. (waiting for title confirmations) Janette Kim, Director of the Urban Landscape Lab at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, is leading a consulting team selected by the Committee to design the plans with input from the community. The team also includes Eric Rothstein, Managing Partner and Engineer for eDesign Dynamics as the Habitat and Hydrology specialist, Alice Feng of AECOM Design + Planning as the Landscape Designer, and Matthew Slaats of Poughkeepsie-based PAUSE as the Community Outreach leader.

Please contact Ryan Palmer, Clearwater Green Cities Project Coordinator, at ryan@clearwater.org or 845 265 8080, extension 7114, if you plan to attend.

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