PSC CHAIR AUDREY ZIBELMAN VISITS ROCKLAND WATER TASK FORCE!
This Is What Water Democracy Looks Like!
A quiet little sustainability experiment is showing astonishing results, here in New York's iconic Hudson River Valley. Communities are flexing their muscles and taking control of their drinking water supplies -- instead of just letting outside interests call the shots on how to manage local water resources...
NEW WATER TASK FORCE starts planning ROCKLAND'S 'water future'
Rockland County launched the formal process of determining the future of its water resources with the inaugural meeting September 29 of a county task force on the issue.
The 19-member Task Force on Water Resources Management is charged with developing a comprehensive water policy "to ensure a safe, cost-effective, long-term water supply for Rockland County that incorporates sustainability, demand-side principles and conservation," officials said.
TO READ MORE ABOUT THE TASK FORCE, CLICK HERE.
SUEZ/UNITED WATER TOLD TO SHELVE DESAL PLANS!
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Grassroots environmental activists accomplished the impossible, stopping Suez, a multi-national corporation with plans for treating Hudson River water for Rockland County's drinking water. After years of very hard work by citizens, elected officials, and environmental groups, on November 13 a proposal for an exorbitant and environmentally harmful desalination plant was rejected by the New York State Public Service Commission, which declared: UNITED WATER DIRECTED TO DISCONTINUE PURSUIT OF DESALINATION PLANT: Water Company Told to Explore Other Options for Water Sources.
One senior NYS staffer called the decision "an earthquake." Read more
ROCKLAND RATEPAYERS HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW!
Suez/United Water NY's top executive and two high level accountants are under investigation by the company for misstatement of revenue, according to filings by the company to the PSC. The story was first reported by the Rockland County Times on September 17. The PSC is conducting its own investigation, as well.
Rockland ratepayers have a right to information about the circumstances under which Michael Pointing left. This "change in personnel" raises red flags about all of the information submitted by UW in its embattled desal proposal.
ROCKLAND WATER COALITION TALENT SHOW NEEDS YOUR TALENTS!
Show your hidden talent!
Strut your stuff!
Jacqui Drechsler, who puts the "fun" into "fundraising," is planning another great event to raise money for the Rockland Water Coalition to help the Task Force craft a model sustainable water policy.
The "Rockland's Got Talent Revue" is coming later this year.
We need musicians, dancers, storytellers, magicians, comedians, ventriloquists, or any kind of entertainers to delight our audience for 3-5 minutes each.
Please consider donating your talent to this seriously fun event. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP for further information.
We need the Task Force to succeed or desal will be right back on the table again!
YOUR HELP IS STILL NEEDED!
Please take a few minutes to make a donation to help us retain our experts so that we can FINISH THE JOB!
Now we are entering a new phase in our journey, to begin the exciting work of shaping something quite new: a water policy that will be right for our environment and right for Rockland County. We have stopped this unaffordable and unsafe desal plant for now--but we continue to need your help in this critical next phase.
The experts hired by the Rockland Water Coalition have been critical to our fight, and they cost money.
Please donate now to help the Coalition retain experts to advise us as we help to develop the best plan for Rockland residents. It is critical that we succeed in this work. If not, Suez/united Water will be back in, with a massively expensive and environmentally harmful desalination plant.
We hope you will take a few minutes to generously support this work, which helps to protect our drinking water, our local economy, and our environment. Please consider a tax-deductible gift. It has been the support of citizens like you that has brought us to this point, and we can finish this fight for good with your help!
Here are TWO WAYS to make your tax deductible donation:
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.
For questions or further information about donations, contact George Klein, Rockland Water Coalition's Fundraising Chair, at (914) 772-3916.
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