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For Release: Thursday, September 17, 2015

DEC Reaches Interim Agreement with Normanside Country Club to Widen the Normans Kill to Protect Upstream Properties

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Normanside Country Club have reached an interim agreement authorizing and directing the club to widen the Normans Kill creek to help alleviate the potential for upstream flooding, DEC Acting Commissioner Marc Gerstman announced today.

"I would like thank the NYS Department of Transportation for all of their geotechnical assistance in evaluating the potential causes of the landslide as well as their ongoing engineering support in identifying ways to restore the waterway," Acting Commissioner Gerstman said.

On April 19, 2015, a large landslide originating on the crest of the slope of country club property blocked 600 feet of the Normans Kill creek, which borders the town of Bethlehem and the city of Albany. City of Albany work crews completed an emergency controlled breach of a portion of the blocked channel the day after the landslide to prevent upstream flooding. The emergency breach cleared enough material from the stream channel to withstand a two-year storm.

This further widening of the emergency opening of the creek channel will increase the flow capacity of the Normans Kill so that it will be able to withstand a 50-year storm. The term 50-year storm is used to describe a storm that statistically has a 1-in-50 chance of occurring in any given year.

The stream widening is expected to be completed by the end of the month and is an interim measure to abate the near-term potential for upstream flooding of numerous residences and a sewer pump station.

DEC, working with other state and federal agencies, will continue pursuing commitments to complete a final restoration of the Normans Kill by the summer of 2016.

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