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Newstead conservation council to advise public on creek erosion

The Newstead Conservation Advisory Council will update the public on efforts to stabilize the slopes around Murder Creek at 2 p.m. today in the Akron Fire Company parking lot, 1 Main St., Akron.

Murder Creek, a small waterway that crawls through the Newstead-Akron region, has demanded vigilant attention since the October storm of 2006, explained the advisory group’s chairman, Carl Klingenschmitt, and another member, Edmund Burke.

During the storm, trees and other native foliage that had stabilized the steep, northern incline near Akron’s Brooklyn Street Bridge fell and weakened the natural solidity of the slope. This effect has increased the sediment content of the creek and the rate at which erosion has occurred further downstream. The Newstead-Akron region, where the soil composition is a soft, sandy loam, is especially susceptible to the erosion.

The advisory council has helped the town receive over $1 million in federal and state grants to mitigate erosion.

The first grant, won last year from the competitive Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (a part of Federal Emergency Management Agency) allocated $831,000 to stabilize the north-facing slope of Murder Creek.

An additional grant, won through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, gave the town $231,000 to mend stream banks stretching from Buell Street to the Newstead Library building. Those repairs will take place this summer.

Also in Newstead:

• The noise ordinance vote regarding Braun’s Bar Concert Series will take place at next Monday’s council meeting.

• Councilman Justin Rooney has returned from his medical absence and is in good health.

• The online auction house handling the sale of the old highway garage is engaged in preparations to distribute the property.