Fight to Make City Build Watershed Filtration Plant
November 16th, 2007

A lawsuit that could cost the city billions of dollars gained momentum this week, according to the Kingston Daily Freeman (via Eco Politics). Lawmakers in Greene County are considering granting $25,000 to the Coalition of Watershed Towns, which represents dozens of localities in the Catskills in their fight to make the City of New York build a costly filtration system for its water source. A bill to provide the money passed the county Legislature’s Conservation Committee on Wednesday.

In August, the federal Environmental Protection Agency decided that a filtration system, estimated to cost up to $8 billion, was not needed for New York City’s upstate water supply. The water is so clean, the agency decided, that the costly system need not be installed for at least another decade.

But in order to keep its watershed clean, the city must buy up property surrounding it to ward off development. Locals have complained that the land purchases are driving real estate prices up to unmanageable levels. So they sued to get the waiver revoked.

By on November 16, 2007, 10:36 am
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2 Responses to “Fight to Make City Build Watershed Filtration Plant”

  1. Larry Littlefield Says:
    November 16th, 2007 at 10:39 am

    I always said the endgame was for the city to pay billions to Upstate towns to avoid building the water plant, and then spend billions more to build the water plant.

  2. Spud Spudly Says:
    November 19th, 2007 at 10:50 am

    This is totally meaningless and 100 percent guaranteed NOT to cause the city to have to filter its drinking water. The EPA has already made its decision — the $25,000 is just going to be wasted money.

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