Sunday, November 25, 2007

SCIG Receives Recognition and Support from US Department of the Interior's National Park Service



Upcoming Town Hall Meeting -- Thursday, December 6 at Sidney Center Fire Hall, 6:00 PM

November 26, 2007 - Sidney Center, NY -- In its quest to promote awareness for critical environmental issues, The Sidney Center Improvement Group (SCIG) has received recognition from U.S Dept. of the Interior’s National Park Service Northeast Region’s Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA). RTCA has just announced that it will provide project support for the “Carr's Creek/Willow Brook Watershed Management Plan.” Project Manager Wink Hastings of the National Park Service has begun developing a work plan for next year.

“It is so gratifying to have an important federal agency respond to our issues in our hamlet,” says Joe Lally, Board Chairman of SCIG. “With this wonderful news, we hope to see major changes next year with respect to our flooding and water quality challenges.”

In his letter to SCIG, David Lange, Manager of Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program said, “The National Park Service RTCA Program is eager to be a strong partner with SCIG and help it to achieve the goals identified in your application to us. Our mission is to share the benefits of the National Park Service with all Americans and extend its benefits to all communities. “

About RCTA
RTCA staff helps create local, regional, and state networks of parks, rivers, trails, greenways, and open spaces by collaborating with community partners and National Park units in every state. We are eager to work with you to help you accomplish your objectives. We look forward to our partnership and to future on-the-ground results which improve our region by addressing water resources issues and needs, improving community understanding of rivers, and managing land
use in the context of watersheds.

About SCIG
A community activist group in Sidney Center, New York, created in 2005 to deal with a host of issues to improve the hamlet and surrounding areas, such as flood damage and prevention, property taxes, water quality, beautification, and other quality-of-life issues.
For more information about SCIG please visit our community blog -

CONTACT: Joe Lally at 607-437-9656

December 6th SCIG Town Hall Meeting, 6-7:30PM

On December 6, 2007 from 6:00 - 7:30pm, the Sidney
Center Improvement Group will host another town hall
meeting to address Sidney Center's water quality
issues and continue with watershed planning. The
water quality meeting originally scheduled for
11/29/2007 has been cancelled.

The meeting of December 6th will include presentations
from a number of experts. Terry Deuel with the
Environmental Services Corporation will present the
results of the wastewater survey conducted within the
hamlet. Bob Pierce with the Dept of Health will
discuss the results of the water testing of homes in
Sidney Center. Larry Day with Delaware County Soil
and Water Conservation will present information
concerning wastewater management. Wink Hastings with
the National Park Service will continue with the
visioning process that he initiated during the town
hall meeting on November 7th. Scotty Gladstone from
Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation will be on
hand to address various aspects of stream repair and

Input from the community is very important so that the
Sidney Center Improvement Group continues to pursue
only those changes desired by the homeowners these
projects directly affect.

For more information, please call Joe Lally at

About S.C.I.G.

Sidney Center, New York, United States
The Sidney Center Improvement Group (SCIG) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, grass roots organization based in Sidney Center, NY. The small Hamlet of Sidney Center - like many upstate NY towns, villages, and hamlets, has had it’s fair share of challenges over the years. However, thanks to a group of dedicated residents who gathered for a visioning meeting in 2006, SCIG is now a thriving community group who's sole purpose is increasing the quality of life for all who live in Sidney Center and for future generations.