In this commentary—featured on www.midhudsonnews.com in late November of 2014—Ned Sullivan praises the NYS Public Service Comission for a recent ruling that halted plans for a massive desalination plant in Rockland County and calls on the agency to take similarly decisive action concerning power transmission line proposals.
Construction will require park to close until spring
Waterfront pavilion design by Barry Price Architecture.
ESOPUS—In early December, Scenic Hudson will embark on construction of new park amenities at its Esopus Meadows Preserve. With construction activity happening throughout the site, it will be necessary to close the park to visitors for approximately five months to maintain public safety.
Partnership conserves 178 acres on two working family farms
RED HOOK (DUTCHESS COUNTY)—Scenic Hudson, in collaboration with Dutchess Land Conservancy (DLC) and with support from the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Town of Red Hook, has partnered with two farm families to conserve 178 acres of prime agricultural land in the town. The farms are vitally important parts of the Hudson Valley/New York City “foodshed” because they contribute to the production of local, healthy food and support Red Hook’s agricultural economy.
Increasing Numbers of Crude Oil Trains Moving Across New York State And Down the Hudson River Valley Pose New Risks to Children, Schools, Communities and the Environment
PIERMONT (Rockland County)—On Nov. 4, the Board of Trustees of the Village of Piermont unanimously passed a resolution to accept recommendations of the Piermont Waterfront Resilience Task Force—which spent the past year exploring ways to reduce risks to the village from accelerating sea level rise and the increased frequency of flooding and storm surges.
HUDSON VALLEY—Two leading Hudson Valley environmental groups are applauding a decision today by the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) that United Water should not continue to pursue its proposed desalination plant in Haverstraw, Rockland County. In ordering United Water to put aside its development of the desalination facility, the PSC also required the company to come up with more sustainable ways to manage Rockland County’s water supply.