Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Carr’s Creek Watershed Project Planning Continues…

The Sidney Center Improvement Group in conjunction with Wink Hasting from the National Parks Service facilitated another planning meeting for the Carr’s Creek Watershed Project. The project will include stream assessment and water quality monitoring of Carr’s Creek as well as Willow Brook and several other unnamed tributaries all located in Sidney Center and the Town of Sidney. The project is moving forward with the assessment to take place in mid-September.

The project is a big leap forward in restoring and preserving the integrity of the streambeds as well as the quality of the water, which has been compromised due to many existing issues made worse by the 2006 floods. With many outside organizations already on board with the project – such as the Izaak Walton League (www.iwla.org), the Sidney High School Flood Forecasting & Hydrologic Monitoring Program, and other local organizations - the project is sure to produce worthwhile results for the community. The success of this effort also depends on the cooperation and support of landowners and residents of the areas in which the streams affect.

The S.C.I.G. encourages anyone interested in helping with this effort to please call, email, or attend one of our planning meetings. The next planning meeting is scheduled for July 22 @ 6:30 PM in the Sidney Center Firehall.

*Important Dates:
>Training for Stream Assessment & Water Quality Monitoring (open to anyone interested in assisting in the Watershed Project) – Saturday/Sunday, September 6/7 – Time TBD
>Street Assessment of Carr’s Creek, Willow Brook and unnamed tributaries – Saturday/Sunday, September 13-14 – Time TBD.

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.