FUDR recognized for its water protection work
JOHNSON CITY, NY — At its 20th anniversary celebration, the Community Foundation for South Central New York (CFSCNY) recognized Friends of the Upper Delaware River (FUDR) for its outstanding work in the Upper Delaware River region to protect and restore local waterways and build a sustainable river-based economy for the benefit of local communities and future generations. CFSCNY supports organizations in Chenango, Otsego, Broome, Tioga and Delaware counties.
At the event, CFSCNY Executive Director Diane Brown presented FUDR Executive Director Jeff Skelding and FUDR executive coordinator Sherri Resti Thomas with a check for $20,000 to support FUDR’s community-based efforts to improve the regional economy and protect and restore the Upper Delaware River. FUDR received special recognition for their efforts in working with local landowners and the Town of Hancock to curb the devastating impacts of flooding and improve water quality and habitat at their Sands Creek Restoration Project on the West Branch of the Upper Delaware River.
FUDR helped spearhead the formation of the Upper Delaware River Tailwaters Coalition (UDRTC) comprising elected officials from Delaware and Broome counties, Delaware County government agencies and local non-profit conservation and civic organizations. The UDRTC is sponsoring the development of a stream corridor management plan that will serve as a future management blueprint to protect public infrastructure, curb flooding and restore waterways in the Upper Delaware region.