Rockland County  officials announced on Tuesday, June 27 that Rockland has been awarded $100,000 from the state to develop a plan to protect the Ramapo Valley watershed. The funds will be used by the Rockland County Water Task Force, which is chaired by Cornell, to assess the Ramapo watershed and make a plan to protect the Ramapo and Mahwah rivers as well as the streams that feed into the watershed.

The plan will also address flooding that has impacted surrounding communities and low water levels that are detrimental to water quality.

The County Executive and Legislator Cornell were joined by state Senator David Carlucci, who secured the funding as part of the state budget.

“Safe, clean drinking water is more precious than jewels,” Legislator Cornell said. “Thanks to the community-government Task Force partnership created in 2014, Rockland leads the way in New York State to protect and restore water sources — streams, rivers, corridors and watersheds.”

Protecting the watershed requires a regional approach, said Senator Carlucci. “Securing $100,000 to develop a plan for this watershed is the first step towards coming up with a regional solution to improve and protect our drinking water,” he said “We have to bring together experts, advocates and public officials from throughout the region to develop a plan that actually works for water consumers and has buy in from all of the stakeholders.”

The $100,000 grant announced today will enable the Water Task Force to hire an expert in watershed assessment to analyze and assess the Ramapo watershed and provide a management plan to protect and restore the rivers and the streams that feed into the watershed.

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