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Waterfront project seeks input from residents

5:33 PM, Aug. 6, 2011  |
Written by
Debbie Swartz
dswartz@gannett.com

Those who have an opinion about the recreational use of area rivers are invited to participate in a survey that will be used for future planning of the region’s waterways.

The online survey is part of the Broome County Intermunicipal Waterfront Project, which seeks input on recreation use along the Chenango, Delaware, Susquehanna, and Tioughnioga rivers. The survey was developed by the BU Center for Applied Community Research & Development, according to Project Administrator Ruth Lewis.

The survey will be posted throughout the month of August and can be accessed at either the Town of Vestal Parks Department website — Four Rivers Recreational Survey– or at www.surveymonkey.com/s/XXXG7HT.

The survey was developed as a result of the demographic data provided by the project consulting firm, Lewis said.

“By conducting this survey,” she said, “we are hoping to collect current information that applies specifically to the people of Broome County and the Southern Tier, rather than to a census-based population group that Broome County falls into. We are hoping that if a sufficient number of people participate in the survey, we’ll have a more accurate picture of local outdoor recreational practices and preferences.”

The more accurate and comprehensive the data collection, Lewis said, the better able planners will be able to develop long-range plans that are responsive to the needs and wants of the public.

“Thus, we are encouraging everyone to spend a few minutes taking the survey and sharing their views,” she said.

The Broome County Intermunicipal Waterfront Project is funded by a grant from the state’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. Twenty-two municipalities on four rivers are participating in the project, which is an economic development endeavor. The Town of Vestal, working in conjunction with Broome County, is lead agency for the project.

For questions about the waterfront project or the survey, contact Lewis at 748-1514, ext. 388, at 749-4541 or at rlewis@vestalny.com.

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