Cheaper, Safer Water Sources

Cheaper, Safer Water Sources

Sustainable water strategies can strengthen our economy while protecting our environment. We call on Rockland County to adopt a water management policy that includes: better coordination of land-use planning, an active program to preserve open space, green infrastructure to reduce flooding and increase recharge of aquifers; and an energetic program of water conservation and efficiency. Finally, Rockland County must face the fact that limits to development, based on sustainable use of resources, are essential if we are to avoid the social, economic, and environmental costs of desalination.

Desalination is among the most expensive water supply options. There are better options! (Click chart to enlarge.)

Groundwater Source Management

Hudson Valley Water: Opportunities and Challenges

Improved efficiency and increased conservation are the cheapest, easiest, and least destructive ways to meet our future water needs. You can learn more using the links below:

An overview of the potential of conservation

What other communities around the country have been able to accomplish

Basic steps communities can take

A closer look at what one community is doing to conserve water

A comparison of Rockland County’s water usage with other areas

An exploration of the potential of conservation

Calculate your own water footprint and to find out what you can do at home

Stormwater leads to flooding as areas are paved over. “Green infrastructure” practices seek to use natural processes as much as possible to manage stormwater so that it can recharge our aquifers. The slogan for green infrastructure is: slow it down, spread it out, soak it in.

Green infrastructure practices maintain or restore stormwater’s natural flow pattern by allowing the water to slowly permeate into the ground and be used by plants. These practices include rain gardens, vegetated swales, green roofs and porous pavements. Green infrastructure also includes preserving or restoring natural areas, such as forests, stream buffers and wetlands, and reducing the size of paved surfaces. Green infrastructure generally includes “better site design” or “low impact development” stormwater projects.

For more information:

Green Infrastructure Examples for Stormwater Management in the Hudson Valley

Planning for Stormwater: Reducing runoff through better site design

Philadelphia is among the leaders in green infrastructure. To learn about their new Green City, Clean Waters plan, click here.

Take a Virtual Tour of Local Rainwater Management Innovations

Hudson Valley Green Infrastructure by County