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Communities, organizations to meet on needs of Ausable River

A pile of ruined books was created as volunteers helped to clean out the Wells Library in Upper Jay.

A pile of ruined books was created as volunteers helped to clean out the Wells Library in Upper Jay. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Douglas said he fears it will be easier for a flood event to happen.

“I was told by an anonymous source that it would take about 10 years to do a study on the river and then to start the work,” Douglas said. “These people do not even have 10 months before the next chance for flooding, and it is not going to take much next spring. The river’s course and flow have changed because of what has happened this year.”

The Nov. 1 meeting will start with a presentation by Dr. Timothy Mihuc, coordinator of the Lake Champlain Institute and Professor of Environmental Science at SUNY Plattsburgh.

Mihuc will display pictures taken before and after Tropical Storm Irene hit the North Country in August, especially the towns of Jay and Keene, as well as pictures of damaged public and private homes, youth facilities, fire departments, water and sewer facilities and roadways.

“This forum is to give the general public the opportunity to ask questions of representatives from the town, county, and state as well as political representatives and federal agencies,” Douglas said. “We are expecting a large turnout to share cordial dialogue regarding the future of the river and its tributaries while keeping in mind public safety and environmental concerns.”

For more information on the Nov. 1 public forum, contact the town of Jay at 647-2204.

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