On December 26th the Times Herald Record Printed an article titled
" Newburgh’s priority: Protecting water supply from development "
Have you been reading the Newspaper lately? With New Years on its way and the high Holidays upon us and just passed, it's easy to understand how you could have missed two articles bearing Good News for a change.
It appears as if several municipalities have begun to take preemptive measures to protect the most precious life giving resource each of our towns possess, their water supply! Several towns in Orange County are looking to purchase the land near their water supply areas specifically to prevent development.
The most obvious way to protect your water supply areas is something the Concerned Citizens for the Hudson Valley have been repeating over and over again for the last year and a half; DON'T DEVELOP IT!
That's right, how developed the area around your water supply is, directly affects the quality and availability of your water. Even the scale the Orange County Water Authority uses to diagnose the health of a watershed is determined by how developed (or non developed) the surrounding watershed is, with the healthiest watersheds being the least developed and the most threatened watershed being most developed. It's also critical that you not disturb vegetation (AKA Trees) in these areas.
One of the most harmful things you could do to a watershed area aside from residential development is remove the vegetation and replace it with a parking lot, which is exactly what the Town of Goshen wants to do to the areas around and adjacent to their reservoirs (AKA the proposed Legoland site). Not only is the area home to Goshens "small watersheds" (Orange County Master Plan describes Goshen watersheds as very small) but it is also home to a High Priority Area, an area specifically valued for its Biodiversity and slated for protection. It is also identified again under forested lands section which does not mention ALL of Goshen's forested lands but only those that possess a specific benefit to the community if left untouched. It is also an area that hosts a threatened stream called the Otter Kill which was officially labeled as "threatened" according to the DEC in 2008.
So why is Goshen NOT protecing it's areas around its' reservoirs?
Why is the town supervisor, Douglas Bloomfield, and Town attorney, Richard Golden, attempting to take away the right Goshen voters have to Vote on the sale of town owned parcels that surround Reservoir #2?
Not only is Goshen trying to develop the lands around its water supply sites it is trying to sell the land it owns when other towns are trying to find the money to buy the land to preserve it.
"Not only is Goshen trying to develop the lands around its water supply sites it is trying to sell the land it owns when other towns are trying to find the money to buy the land to preserve it."
On December 27th the Times Herald Record Printed another article titled
"Middletown aims to protect watershed, avoid contamination risks