Conclusion and Reccomendations
I. Ongoing stream assessments should be conducted in the watersheds in the City of Peekskill. A full study of the streams and tributaries in these watersheds would allow key problem areas to be identified to better inform plans to protect the City’s water resources and to understand where Green Infrastructure designs should be implemented. The ongoing collection of data over time will also allow the City of Peekskill to understand which areas are improving and which areas need more attention.
II. The City of Peekskill should move forward with a focus on preserving the legacy of the Underground Railroad. The presence of multiple known safe houses, the only established tunnel ever found in the United States and the MacGregory Brook’s confirmed role as an escape route gives Peekskill a unique historical significance. Preservation of the brook is important for maintaining and celebrating Peekskill’s rich history, as well as opening future opportunities for tourism.
III. The City of Peekskill should create a more comprehensive stormwater management plan with a specific focus on Green Infrastructure. This would serve to protect the biodiversity and water quality of the creeks and other tributaries and prevent pollution discharge to the Hudson, as well as creating new job opportunities within the city.
IV. A watershed awareness program tied to youth education should be created in Peekskill. By sparking an interest in watershed dynamics, water quality and Green Stormwater Infrastructure in their youth, Peekskill can educate and empower its younger citizens and create job opportunities within the city, as well as stimulate interest in the well-being of the community.