water quality

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The Wallkill River Boat Brigade is a group of volunteer kayakers who monitor the water quality of the tributary of the Hudson River. the Innovation Trail's Jenna Flanagan took to a kayak to see what they're up to. (Video after the jump.)



 New York State is facing an aging wastewater infrastructure crisis.

That's according to a coalition of clean water and environmental advocates, who are calling on the state to invest 800-million dollars from bank settlement money on new clean water infrastructure grants.

A report from the Department of Environmental Conservation called "A Gathering Storm," states that sewage and wastewater treatment facilities in this state are deteriorating.

The DEC estimates the 20-year need for clean water and sewage infrastructure spending at 36-billion dollars.

Ashokan Reservoir clouds Hudson Valley waters

May 15, 2014
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Ulster County residents living along the lower Esopus Creek which drains the south-central Catskills have been noticing a steady decrease in the clarity of its water. It’s because of dirty liquid being released from the upstream Ashokan Reservoir, courtesy of a New York City authority.

The Department of Environmental Conversation held a public comment session recently on the turbidity of Ashokan water.

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Delhi, New York, is a quiet little village nestled deep in the rolling hills of the Catskill Mountains. It’s also home to a SUNY campus and the West Branch Delaware River. The river forms part of the New York City watershed and for that reason is subject to a range of restrictions that govern how the community can use the water and develop the village.

In response to the tough regulations, Delhi has come up with an innovative solution that respects the watershed restrictions but also enables business expansion and economic development. They’re calling it the Subsurface and Disposal and Irrigation Project, or just ‘The Project’ for short.

Rather than disposing of waste water from the village treatment plant into the Delaware River, a system would redirect water through an underground pipeline to an infiltration basin where SUNY Delhi can reuse it for irrigation and grounds care for their golf course.

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The Environmental Protection Agency outlined its plans to clean up a heavily polluted Eighteenmile Creek at a public meeting in Lockport on Tuesday. However, some residents say they are concerned the plans won’t happen fast enough, with an official decision not scheduled until the end of September.