Executive Board Meeting – Aug 17, 2020

Location: CWC, Arkville

Present:  Ric Coombe, Bud Gladstone, David Kukle, Mike McCrary, Greg Vurckio, Shane Moshier and Larry Reilly.  Bill Federice and Peter Friedel joined via Zoom.

Others:  Kelly Mariotti, Jason Merwin and Jeff Baker.  Michelle Yost, Aaron Bennett joined via Zoom.

1. Call to Order:  Jeff Baker called the meeting to order at 6:17.

2. New CWT Chairman:  Mark Tuthill is no longer Chairman of the CWT Board. He is now on the CWC Board.  Jeff Baker asked for nominations for a new Chairman.  David Kukle nominated Ric Coombe.  Jeff Baker asked for a motion.  Bud Gladstone motioned for Ric to be our new Chairman.  Second by Greg Vurckio.  All in favor.  Motioned carried.  Next Mike McCrary nominated David Kukle to be Vice Chairmen.  Jeff asked for a motion.  Ric motioned for David to be our new Vice Chairman.  Second by Larry Reilly.  All in favor.  Motioned carried.  Ric thanked everyone for electing him as Chairman.  He stated that we need to focus on policy and we need to all work together as partners.

3. July 20, 2019 Minutes Approval:  Motion to approve July’s minutes by Mike.  Second by Bub.  Motion carried.

4. Reports:

a. FAD deliverables: i. Streamside Acquisition: No report

b. Flood Commission Reports:  Kelly stated that there are hand-outs on the table for Delaware and Ulster County.

c. CWC report:  Jason Merwin reported on annual meeting that took place August 4th.  Mark Tuthill is now on the CWC Board.  Mike Triolo has retired and Tina Mole is now the new Board President.

d. Below the Reservoirs:  No report

5. Warrants(s) and Treasurer’s Report:  Bud Gladstone read off the account balances.  There is $3,156.77 in the checking account and $96,942.36 in the savings account.  Greg motioned to accept the Treasurer’s report.  Second by David.  Motion carried.  Motion to pay warrant by Bud.  Second by Mike.  Motion carried.

6. Other:  National Academy of Sciences report.    Jeff Baker gave a summary of the recently released NASEM study on NYC’s watershed protection strategy.  Jeff explained that the report is a strong vindication of the Coalition’s position over the last several years.  Namely, NASEM agreed that the Land Acquisition Program should be dramatically scaled back, should focus on riparian buffers and provide for swaps of recently acquired properties that can be used for sustainable development with other properties that may provide a higher water quality protection benefit.
Jeff also explained that among NASEM’s recommendations were expanding the septic replacement program and the forestry program as well as new initiatives for WAC.  Under the current FAD, DEP is required to present a new 10-year land acquisition strategy by 5/31/22 after considering the NASEM report and consulting with watershed partners.  DEP’s application for a renewal of the water supply permit is due a month later on 6/30/22. This means that negotiations over the new WSP will likely start this Fall or Winter.  This provides an opportunity for the watershed communities to push for a significant reorientation of DEP’s watershed protection program using the NASEM report as the scientific support for the Coalition’s positions.
The Executive Committee discussed the NASEM report and agreed that it is very beneficial and provides an important opportunity.  The Executive Committee also expressed their appreciation that the NASEM panel approached its task with obvious impartiality and expertise and provided a very useful tool for the future management of the watershed.

7. Adjourn:  Motion to adjourn meeting by Greg.  Second by Larry.  Meeting adjourned at 7:11.


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