Who are the list of Rockland County politicians and behind the scene lobbyist who want Rocklander’s to drink Hudson River water?
Discuss why in the world would a Democrat Town Supervisor, United Water of Rockland County and Republican Party bosses, co-join with an international corporation called SUEZ Environment; in an attempt to realize a profit sharing endeavor, that has no apparent benefit to the people of Rockland County, now or in the future.
“Clearwater” explains their studies demonstrate the real impact on the local economy, environment and long term effects that would result from the Haverstraw Desalination Project
What they are calling public – private partnership amounts to in the final analysis, is a control grab of the most precious resource to all living things on the planet and in Rockland County; fresh water.
Since Rockland County benefits from one of the purest sweet water aquifers in the State of New York and New Jersey, the question begs to be asked; why take the risk and who ends up paying for it, and who ends up profiting from it? Also, what if they got it wrong and it all goes awry?
Do you agree that Rockland County residents and tax -payers, surrender all of its’ water rights to foreign control and overlorded by an elite oligarch where you live for all time to come?
Advocates for the Desalination plant repeatedly cite the need for additional water supply was declared by the New York State PSC and it is supported by Dr. Dan Miller, who is the Head for the Water Supply Bureau of the Rockland County Department of Health. To them, there is no debate.
Clearwater says; “Environmental threats: Withdrawing 10 million gallons of water and injecting 92,000 gallons of wastewater a day, desalinization would damage the uniquely sensitive and productive habitat of Haverstraw Bay, expressly violating existing water resource conservation and coastal management plans, and further compromising declining fish populations, including Atlantic sturgeon which are on State and federal endangered species lists. Residents are also concerned that the project would accelerate overdevelopment of an area already burdened with heavy development pressures.Others have stated that the concerns over nuclear by products found in the River are negligible so no worries in drinking radiated, desalinated water.” [Clearwater.com]
Perhaps the ‘nail on the head’ moment is the need for new real estate development. Rockland County new housing development, most especially in Ramapo exploded to meet the needs of the Hasidic Community, which are still expanding. The push for new development has been hampered by the projected limitations of an adequate fresh water supply. Perhaps new development goes hand in hand with the desalination of Hudson River water, in order to supply the new housing for the population explosion to get around the possibility of water shortages, like those experienced in the on-going Kiryas Joel controversy in Orange County.
Water supply is big money. New housing developments are big money. Politicians whose intentions are to serve the big money constituents, have a vision of the future that secures their positions with great financial reward. Then there are those politicians not motivated by anything less than being among they who think drinking Hudson River water is the solution to a problem that does not yet exist, but why take any chances.
So, let the debate begin.