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Federal Dollars Will Help With A Water Quality Improvement Plan For the Hutchinson

Biofilm and debris collecting along the Hutchinson Riverbank
Courtesy of Save the Sound
Biofilm and debris collecting along the Hutchinson Riverbank

Westchester County and a nonprofit environmental group have been awarded a federal grant to develop a water quality improvement plan for the Hutchinson River.

The county and Save the Sound have received a $200,000 federal grant from the Long Island Sound Futures Fund to develop a blueprint for curbing polluted stormwater runoff flowing to the Hutchinson River, which is on New York’s list of Impaired Waters. With the funding, the county Planning Department and Save the Sound will both hire a consultant to develop a plan that meets the nine-point criteria for watershed management plans adopted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Development of the plan is expected to begin in the spring and be completed in 2022.

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