Open space cash may go for water projects – Open space cash may go for water projects: “Open space cash may go for water projects” August 10 2006
By Dan Shapley
Poughkeepsie Journal

The Dutchess County Legislature may spend money originally earmarked for open space preservation on a variety of drinking water protection projects.

The proposal would amend the county’s Partnership for Manageable Growth so Dutchess could grant towns money to draft or implement water source protection plans or well-testing initiatives.

Towns would be eligible for up to $10,000, or $25,000 for intermunicipal projects, assuming the county share doesn’t exceed 50 percent of the total cost, and the town contributes at least 15 percent.

The plan has bipartisan support and will be up for a vote Monday. The Environment Committee unanimously approved it Wednesday.

‘It is certainly the next step in protecting our farmland … and revitalizing our communities,’ said Noreen Reilly, R-Hyde Park.

Thanks to David Rosenthall for the submission.

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