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Westchester County Board Approves Stormwater Plans For Watersheds

The Westchester Board of Legislators approved a study of the Croton River and Inland Long Island Sound watersheds on Monday.
The Westchester Board of Legislators approved a study of the Croton River and Inland Long Island Sound watersheds on Monday. Photo Credit: File

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- The Westchester County Board of Legislators approved Stormwater Reconnaissance Plans for the Croton River and Inland Long Island Sound watersheds during a meeting on Monday, Sept. 8.

The measure paves the way for more specific recommendations for capital projects and other actions to address flooding around northern Westchester and in the municipalities situated within the two watersheds.

“The county has seen an increased number of flooding problems in the last few years because of heavy downpours and snowfalls,” board Majority Leader Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining) said in a statement. “Stormwater problems have caused millions of dollars of damages throughout the county and made roadways impassable. Now, with data collected from the municipalities in these watersheds, we can move forward and prioritize what projects will have the most benefit for our residents and business owners.”

Approval of the Stormwater Reconnaissance Plans for the Croton River and Inland Long Island Sound watersheds is necessary to comply with Westchester’s Storm Water Management Law, which was adopted in 2011 to map out an overall strategy for combating the persistent flooding problems impacting every municipality in the county.

The study will encompass a wide range of land use and development density — from village downtowns to the more residential neighborhoods and hamlets, which have experienced substantial flooding problems and attendant property damages and road closures.

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