Wednesday, September 10, 2008

*PRESS RELEASE* Stream Assessment Project


Trained Volunteers Assess Stream Beds On Saturday, Sept 13 at 8 am at the Sidney Center Firehall

Sidney Center, NY, September 8, 2008 – The Sidney Center Improvement Group (SCIG) continue their efforts in restoring the streams following the devastation of the 2006 floods.

With the assistance of the National Parks Service, local volunteers trained by the Izaak Walton League will assess the stream beds of Carr’s Creek and Willow Brook as well as some tributaries. The assessment will take place on September 13th at 8am initially meeting at the Sidney Center Fire Hall.

“The National Parks Service has been instrumental in providing us crucial materials and GPS devices that will truly help us assess the condition of the stream bed and banks,” says Joe Lally, president of SCIG. “This assessment is strictly to identify problem areas and solve them without any penalty or financial burden on the landowner. We urge our neighbors to take part in this important community project.”

Volunteers will collect data for this project which will be used to apply for grants to rectify problems associated with excessive flooding and poor water quality. In addition to the Parks Service and the Izaak Walton League, the Sidney High School will participate in the project as well.

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Contact: Joe Lally

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.