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July 6, 2011

Pedestrain struck in Narrowsburg

A 70-year-old man from New Jersey was struck and seriously injured on July 3 in front of the Narrowsburg Inn on Bridge St. Trooper Timothy Ward of the New York State Police at Narrowsburg said the man, Warren Enker, was flown to West Chester Medical Center after being hit by a truck. Enker reportedly walked into the street from between parked cars.

There was a lot of traffic in the area due to the weekend-long celebration in the Hamlet, but Ward said the cause of the incident was “pedestrian error.”

Ward said on the morning of July 5, the hospital told him Enker was in critical but stable condition.

Common Waters Fund announces $250,000 in grants

MILFORD, PA — The Common Waters Fund recently awarded $250,000 in grants to forest owners in the Upper Delaware River Basin to develop forest management plans and implement sustainable management practices that protect water quality.

The awards were distributed by the Pinchot Institute for Conservation, which is working with many organizations in the Upper Basin to launch and grow the Fund. First round awards support 48 landowners across Monroe, Pike, and Wayne Counties in Pennsylvania; Delaware and Sullivan Counties in New York; and Sussex and Warren Counties in New Jersey.

"These grants to landowners in the Upper Delaware River Basin are an investment in long-term forest health and water quality," said Susan Beecher, Executive Director of the Pike County Conservation District and Upper Basin Coordinator for the Common Waters Fund. "Fifteen million people rely on the Delaware River each day for clean drinking water. The investments we make now to help landowners maintain their forest lands upstream will pay us back in clean water for years to come."

Coordinated by the Pinchot Institute for Conservation, more than two dozen partner organizations participate in the Common Waters initiative, including the Delaware River Basin Commission, county conservation districts and planning departments, the National Park Service, and state forestry agencies

The next application deadline for the Common Waters Fund is August 1, 2011. Fund officials are encouraging landowners and land trusts to check their eligibility at www.commonwatersfund.org.