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Executive keeps eye on water proposal

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure wants residents to know that the County is closely monitoring New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection’s proposal to assume control of the flow of water from the Francis E. Walter Dam which feeds the Lehigh River.

In cases of drought, New York City wants to redirect the flow to the Delaware River to prevent salt from the ocean moving upstream and contaminating drinking water.

“The Lehigh River is an important resource for Northampton County and other communities,” McClure said. “Our residents enjoy the river for both recreation and as a water source. I am coordinating with Representative Susan Wild’s office and community leaders to make sure the interests of our local tourism businesses and fishermen are protected.”

Director of Public Works Mike Emili, P.E., was scheduled attend the public meeting in White Haven last week regarding the reevaluation study for the Francis E. Walter Dam and Reservoir, and will monitor the study that the Army Corp of Engineers is conducting.

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