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December 22, 2014
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Knotweed is sprouting and spreading

Jamie Myers of the National Park Service holds an enlarged photo of an Aphalara itadori, a tiny species of jumping plant louse, which British researchers have found effective in controlling Japanese knotweed. U.S. researchers petitioned for release of the lice for knotweed control following tests of the lice’s control capabilities done at the University of Washington completed in 2011. Their petition is still under review by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
TRR photo by David Hulse


No show, no money

In other business, in an effort to make township attendance more regular, the council approved a resolution allowing UDC to withhold the $100 monthly stipend for any town failing to attend for three consecutive months.

They announced that a pool of $3,000 is available for a pilot program to fund member towns’ applications for river-edge clean-up programs. The NPS formerly funded this along with local police and constables within corridor. Trash pickup funding was cut amid federal budget reductions several years ago.

They approved a letter to New York City’s new Mayor deBlasio seeking the new administration’s cooperation in enacting a protocol for thermal stress reservoir releases to protect upstream fisheries in times of high air temperatures, in which they noted that past requests had been ignored “without even the courtesy of any response.”

They approved a letter of support for the Town of Tusten’s Federal Transportation Alternative Program application, which would provide for a continuous sidewalk surface along Bridge Street and a connecting pedestrian way between two municipal parking lots and various public and tourism-related businesses in Narrowsburg.