Assemblymembers Kevin Cahill (D-Ulster, Dutchess) and Aileen Gunther (D-Sullivan) today urged the City of New York to work closely with Watershed communities to ensure that the benefits of the recently proposed 10-year extension of the Filtration Avoidance Determination (FAD) for the City of New York’s water supply flow both ways. The EPA released the proposed plan last week and will accept public comment through May 31, 2007.
"Instead of trotting out the old upstate/downstate battle lines, this is a clear opportunity for all parties, including the City of New York and our Watershed communities to forge ahead in a mutually beneficial way," said Assemblymember Cahill. "The reservoirs and water system are not going anywhere. It serves us all to assure that the lands and waters that make up the Watershed remain clean and safe. At the same time, it is not up to those of us who are the stewards of this great area to carry the entire burden for the people of the City of New York."
"The proposed 10 year extension of the Filtration Avoidance Determination for the City's water supply, while seeming to be a reasonable extension, must be carefully evaluated by the communities within the watershed," Assemblymember Gunther said. "It's important that all parties work together to ensure that the interests of the watershed communities and the needs of the water supply are balanced. Last year, I worked with the DEP to institute a new spill reduction plan at the Neversink Reservoir so I am confident that we can find solutions whether they be recreational, economic, or environmental."
"I will continue to reach out to Commissioner Lloyd, the City Board of Water Supply and Mayor Bloomberg for a cooperative and mutually respectful approach," said Mr. Cahill. "While it has been anything but a perfect relationship, it has been my experience that dealing fairly, honestly and calmly with the City has been the surest way to assure that kind of treatment in return."
For more information on the New York City filtration avoidance determination or a copy of the proposed FAD, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/Region2/water/nycshed/public.htm.