NEW DEADLINE for public comment: July 30
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PSC staff says United Water plant can wait until 2020
PSC staff recommendation was issued late Thursday, May 22 that United Water's desalination plant will be suspended until at least 2020 because the need does not currently exist for the plant.
BUT THE FIGHT TO STOP THIS PROJECT IS NOT OVER! We are still waiting for a final decision. And the PSC staff recommended that UW continue to spend our money, pursuing permits for the project.
CROWDS PACK MAY 22 PUBLIC HEARING ON DESALINATION
A capacity crowd attended the Orangetown Public Hearing on the United Water $56.8 million Surcharge Case on Thursday night, May 22. Rockland County Legislature Chair, Alden Wolfe, announced the NYS Public Service staff recommendation to delay any construction of United Water's proposed desalination plant until at least 2020. Meanwhlle, the County of Rockland will be assemblying a task force to develop more sustainable water management and conservation measures.
Click here for Legislator Harriet Cornell's letter to the PSC, asking why Rockland still has not seen a full and transparent explanation of costs, in seven years!
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1,600 ROCKLAND RESIDENTS PACK PUBLIC HEARINGS
On October 1 & 2, huge crowds packed the room at two public hearings on desal, close to 1,000 people the first evening and 600 the second evening. Experts, leading elected officials, and members of the public spoke overwhelmingly against the project, until 2 a.m.
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Click here to read more about the hearings: PSC Hears Hours Of Comments On Rockland's Water Supply
IMPORTANT DEADLINE ON PUBLIC COMMENT ON DESALINATION:
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TAKE ACTION and SUPPORT the WORK of the ROCKLAND WATER COALITION!
Nature Themed Silent Auction
ENDS - May 6
Auction Kicks-Off on Earth Day live at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Suffern, and runs through May 6th ON-LINE
Bid on Tree House Consultation
This is a unique auction, featuring the talents of your community, with gifts to get you outside, enjoying the extraordinary beauty of Rockland County. Many items are also just for enjoying life a little more.
Auction items include sailing, kayaking, seining in the Hudson River, a plane ride over Rockland with a professional pilot, restaurant certificates, meditation lessons, beautiful handmade pottery, art, massage and more...
Have fun, connect with the beauty of Rockland, and support the work of the Rockland Water Coalition!
Here are TWO WAYS to make your tax deductible donation besides participating in the auction.
Your donations go entirely to the Rockland Water Coalition for advocating against United Water's desal proposal and for better water management for our future.
1. You can donate online at
www.nodesal.com (upper right hand corner)
2. Checks can be made payable to Sierra Club Foundation and mailed to Sierra Club Foundation, PO Box 792, Pearl River, NY 10965.
Donations are needed now to support the work of the experts. THANK YOU!
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