The Cost of Hudson River Desalination to Rockland Residents

Posted by on Jan 24, 2012 | 1 comment

I have been asked how much will Hudson River desalination cost Rockland residents? The Short Answer Is: Based on testimony to the New York State Public Service Commission and other documents prepared by United Water as of March 8, 2010 the Haverstraw Water Supply Project is estimated to cost approximately $140 million when completed.  The annual additional cost to United Water customers could easily approach $25.1 million, the equivalent to an annual cost of approximately $360 per customer per year. The actual additional cost could be at least $34 million per year or $485 per customer per...

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United Water’s Argument For Desal Plant Leaks Like A Sieve

Posted by on Jun 30, 2011 | 0 comments

By: Bob Dillon “On December 14, 2006, a New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) Order adopted a three-year rate plan for United Water New York. “The Joint Proposal”, an agreement that was signed and adopted as part of the order, requires United Water to, among other things, develop an additional, sustainable water supply to meet the growing needs for water in Rockland County over the next 20 years. The PSC and the parties to the Joint Proposal found that it is in the best interest of United Water’s customers and for the company to develop new sources of water supply. The...

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Water, water everywhere… but not a drop to drink?

Posted by on Jun 28, 2011 | 1 comment

County Executive Vanderhoef declares flooding “State of Emergency” for Rockland County Environmentalists call for a water resource plan by: George Potanovic, Jr. After a flooding “State of Emergency” being issued by the Rockland County Executive’s office last week, we must ask ourselves the question – does Rockland County actually have a water shortage? On Tuesday, June 21, about 50 county planning officials and the public heard Paul Heisig, a hydrologist with the US Geological Survey, present the findings of the Rockland County Water – Resource...

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The Cycle of Insanity: The Real Story of Water

Posted by on Mar 4, 2011 | 1 comment

The Cycle of Insanity: The Real Story of Water from Surfrider Foundation on Vimeo. The Cycle of Insanity: The Real Story of Water is a short, animated film made by a collaboration of creative and dedicated volunteers at the Surfrider Foundation. Several local Surfrider Foundation chapters combined their talents and funds to create the film — and then actor Zuleikha Robinson of Lost, generously agreed to narrate it. The premise of the film is that the water cycle we all learned about in the 4th grade has been dramatically altered over time, leaving us with a broken system that wastes...

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USGS Completes 5-Year Study of Rockland’s Water Supply

Posted by on Mar 4, 2011 | 0 comments

Analysis expected to help local officials make decisions about county’s future. The U.S. Geological Survey has completed a five-year study that looks at Rockland County’s water resources, taking a close look at the underground geological formations that contain much of the supply that is used by Rockland residents for drinking water. This report represents the most comprehensive evaluation of Rockland’s water resources in over five decades,” Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef said today. “It will be very helpful in assisting the Rockland County, along with our...

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Our Town Editorial – Water resources: Wistful thinking won’t replace a plan

Posted by on Jan 11, 2011 | 0 comments

This week’s issue of OUR TOWN has a wonderful editorial and cartoon about the lack of any coherent or coordinated water conservation and management plan or policy in Rockland County. It mentions that while individual agencies ie; Sewer Commission, Drainage Agency. etc. oversee aspects of water use, that  “absent any official directive or oversight, policy decisions are made by default or not at all.” The editorial challenges the County of Rockland to start getting really serious about developing a sustainable water policy that emphasizes very reasonable and necessary water...

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