Senator John Bonacic, Assemblyman Pete Lopez & Sidney Center Improvement Group Announce Major Federal Grant for Local Watershed Project

November 19, 2010
Senator John Bonacic, Assemblyman Pete Lopez and Joe Lally, Chairman of the Sidney Center Improvement Group (SCIG) Board of Directors, joined other members of SCIG, local officials and residents to announce a major federal grant for the Carr’s Creek local watershed project. The SCIG project, one of only two New York State projects to receive funding, has been awarded $93,000 to fund ongoing and new watershed projects.

Senator Bonacic stated, “Flood control and prevention concerns are far too often minimized and overlooked with regard to watershed areas and I am looking forward to the impact that this funding will have on addressing these concerns for the Carr’s Creek project.”

“This grant is key to advancing SCIG’s main goal of preventing a recurrence of the damage done to the community in the 2006 flood,” said Assemblyman Lopez. “My office has been part of this effort from the very beginning, and I’m thrilled with their progress.”

Specifically, SCIG has been awarded $92,996 from the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund for Carr’s Creek Comprehensive Watershed Management within the towns of Sidney and Franklin and Delaware County. Out of 34 projects awarded a grant within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed area, SCIG’s project was one of only two New York State projects that obtained funding.

The Chesapeake Bay Watershed area includes the states of New York, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, and the District of Columbia. In total, $3.4 million was awarded by the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund’s 2010 Watershed Grants program, a partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and partially funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, United States Forest Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the District of Columbia Department of the Environment, among other private donations.

Furthermore, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has agreed to conduct a hydrologic survey of Carr’s Creek and Willow Brook watersheds to determine and help address the root causes of the 2006 flood which devastated many homes within the seven-county district Assemblyman Lopez represents. Finally, the National Park Service also has made a commitment to SCIG to assist the group continue work within Sidney Center to protect against flooding and preserve the watershed’s ecosystem.