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  • AnnualReport



  • On the CoversFront: Stone Cabin Creek in the Rondout Watershed

    by Maoliang Huang

    Back: Front proch, Zadock Pratt Museum, Prattsville The museum survived Irenes wrath August 28,

    but its collection of historic papers, furnishings and other items was heavily damaged

    Catskill Watershed Corp.Protecting water quality and preserving

    communities in the New York CityWatershed West of the Hudson River

    905 Main Street, Margaretville, NY 12455

    845-586-1400; Toll-free 877-WAT-SHED

    Fax: 845-586-1401



    For visitors and

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    The CWC office was among dozens ofMargaretville buildings that found themselves inthe path of water and mud on August 28. Whenthe water receded, it left ruined files, cabinets,carpeting and furnishings, enough to fill three 30-yard dumpsters. A vanload of critical files went toPennsylvania for reclamation. Computers andelectronic equipment were painstakingly dehu-midified over two weeks; interior reconstructiontook nearly two months.

    CWC staff applied muscle and heart to themiserable job of hauling what had been a com-fortable suite of offices out into the parking lot tobe hosed off, dried out or tossed in the dump-ster. Professional cleaners arrived to finish thejob, and then contractors began to rebuild walls,bathrooms, kitchen, offices. Meanwhile, with nophones, no computers and lost paperwork, somestaff worked from home, others went into thefield to meet with customers, and all tried toreconstruct active files.It was nearly two weeksbefore the CWC was back in full operation.

    Irene had reinforced what weve alwaysknown -- Mother Natures in charge in this, andevery, Watershed.

    View from the CWC roof

    Nate Hendricks, Larry Kelly

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Alan Rosa

    Alan Rosa, Larry Kelly

    Mike Triolo, Barbara Puglisi

    Phil Sireci

    Mulder Construction


  • Whenever disaster strikes, the instinct to reachout to those most affected seems to kick in.Neighbors help neighbors, volunteers arrive out ofnowhere to pitch in for perfect strangers. They leadthe way for agencies and organizations to providecoordinated assistance in the weeks and months thatfollow.

    I want to say Thank You to the first responders,and to all those who did the initial heavy lifting afterIrene and Lee. Your compassion is an inspiration. I

    am also proud of the CWC, itsDirector, its dedicated staff andmy fellow Board members, fordoing everything humanly pos-sible to get the office back upand running and then to turnour attention and resources tohelping damaged businessesdo the same.

    Thank you to GovernorCuomo for his quick responseto the emergency, and to thearmy of state workers whowere organized to "Labor forYour Neighbor." Thank you to

    County and Town public works crews, Soil & Waterstaffers, and others on the recovery's front lines. Iespecially appreciate everything the NYC DEP did onbehalf of watershed residents and communities.

    You are all proof that in our darkest days, thegenerosity of others offers a ray of sunshine andhope.

    Georgianna LepkePresident

    Looking back on 2011, it's hard to remember muchBefore Irene. The flood that struck August 28 turned theworld upside down. Recovering from it - and helpinghundreds of others recover, too -- has been our focussince that awful Sunday.

    We've devoted three pages of this report to the dis-aster, its aftermath and the rebuilding that has gone onthanks to the CWC's quick action in establishing a grantfund to help damaged businesses. Our hearts go out toall those who suffered losses. We applaud the municipalleaders who worked round the clock to stabilize theirtowns. And we salute thenon-governmental organi-zations that stepped up tohelp and support our neigh-bors in need. While themajor impacts of Irenewere felt primarily in theeastern half of theWatershed, the rippleeffects are spreading wellbeyond the damage zones.It will take some time toreturn to normal, whateverthat is in these days ofrecurring floods and snow-less winters.

    So, no, we can't sugarcoat 2011. But there weresome bright spots. The CWC attended several ribboncutting celebrations in the spring and summer: at theDaniel Pierce Library and Time and the Valleys Museumin Grahamsville; at the Woodstock Playhouse; at theOrpheum Theater in Tannersville; and at the MaverickHealth Center in Boiceville. We are proud to haveplayed a role in these important projects, and hope tosee more such happy occasions in 2012.

    Alan RosaExecutive Director

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    CWC President Georgie Lepke,seated, center, surrounded by fel-low Board members, left toright, seated: Donald 'Mike'Brandow, James Eisel, Ms. Lepke,Berndt Leifeld, Paul Dibbell.Standing: Leonard Utter, MichaelFlaherty, Thomas Hynes, RichParete, Martin Donnelly,Deborah deWan, Jeffrey Graf,Wayne Marshfield. Tina Mole. Not pictured: Thomas Snow

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    Sixteen businesses closed on low-interest CWC loans totaling $4,787,160 in2011. They assisted one summer camp, two campgrounds, five retail establish-ments, a contractor, a golf course, a motel, a theater, two restaurants and ahealth center, along with a conference and environmental education center.These projects are expected to result in 98 new jobs.

    Following Tropical Storm Irene's rampage on August 28, all current loan recipi-ents in flood ravaged communities were given short-term repayment forebear-ances. In addition, four 2011 loan recipients were among the 138 businesses inten towns to receive CWC Flood Recovery Grants.

    They included Glenn and Erica Ancona, who saw floodwaters devastate thefacility that houses their two businesses - Absolute Construction and KDR con-tainers, located at the intersection of NYS Route 30 and the Denver- Vega Roadin the Town of Middletown. Rather than rebuild their office and retool their cabi-net shop, they decided to relocate about a mile away. With the help of a CWCbusiness recovery grant, as well as a REDI Loan, the Anconas not only relocat-ed but will be expanding their operations as well.

    In Windham, Drew and Natasha Shuster, proprietors of the Catskill MountainCountry Store, received a CWC loan in May to purchase new refrigeration, com-puters and a barn to house their 'looking zoo,' a small menagerie of farm ani-mals. The business was heavily damaged in the flood of Irene - 95% of theinventory was lost -- but with help from a CWC flood recovery grant and otherassistance, the store and restaurant reopened October 1.

    A $255,000 loan to Maverick West helped pay for the move of MaverickHealth Clinic from Phoenicia to Boiceville. The beautifully renovated health clinicwas proudly unveiled at a Grand Opening on April 16. Four months later, thestaff and a host of volunteers were picking up the pieces following the flood thatdevastated a number of Boiceville businesses. Utilizing a CWC grant and otherresources, the Maverick Family Health Center has reopened.

    Russell Matson and Julie Hernandez obtained a loan in June to rebuild aminiature golf course at The Meadows in the Town of Middletown that had beendamaged in 2006 flooding. Once again, floodwaters inundated the operation inlate August and the owners received a grant to help rebuild.

    The CWC played an important role in the revival of two cultural institutions lastyear.

    The landmark Woodstock Playhouse, purchased by the Pan American DanceFoundation with a low-interest loan of $700,000 from CWC's Catskill Fund forthe Future, reopened July 10 with new seating, stage lighting, two art galleriesand major infrastructure improvements that will allow year-round operation.

    The Catskill Mountain Foundation (CMF) held a celebration July 16 at theexpanded and renovated Orpheum Theater in Tannersville. A CWC loan of$850,000 allowed the Foundation to complete the stage, the 270-seat auditori-um and lighting and sound systems. The 13,344-square-foot theater is consid-ered a key component in an ongoing effort by CMF and others to revitalize thevillage and establish the Greene County Mountaintop as a cultural destination.

    The Hidden Inn, South Kortright

    (L. to r.) Dr. Martin Krakower, Dr.Brian Callahan and Dr. RandallRissman were all smiles when theirMaverick Family Health Centeropened in Boiceville in April, 2011.

    "The CWC was the mainstay ofthis project. That loan made the

    playhouse come together."

    Randy Conti, Executive DirectorPan American Dance Foundation

    Dancing Shoes wall art atthe refurbished OrpheumTheater in Tannersville.

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    Hundreds attended the unveiling of the beautiful new addi-tion to the Daniel Pierce Library in Grahamsville June 12. Adedicated board and staff and an army of volunteers workedfor more than 10 years to make the new building possible.

    The CWC contributed $250,000 towards the efficient geo-thermal energy system that both cools and heats the build-ing, including this lovely main reading room.

    Time and the Valleys Museum occupies a wing of thestructure, housing local history displays and CWC-supportedexhibits about the Rondout and Neversink Reservoirs andthe New York City Watershed (see photo, Page 10).

    The historic Delaware Inn of Stamford has been saved fromalmost certain demise thanks to a CWC-funded project int