Does Rockland Really Need a Desalination Plant

Dated: October 13 2012

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I’ve been following this story for quite some time.  It seems that United Water, which is owned by Suez, a French company, has done studies and feels that residents in Rockland and Bergen will have a water shortage within a very short time. Therefore, they are ready to step in and build a $189,000,000.00 desalination plant on the western banks of the Hudson River in Haverstraw, NY, just north of Nyack and Piermont.  Many concerned citizens have voiced their opinion on this issue and are being heard.   Wednesday night marks an  important moment in this debate.  It seems that Rockland County Legislature’s Environmental Committee voted to reopen proceedings from 2006 on the county’s water supply. Is it possible there are alternatives to building a very expensive desalination plant? And is it truly necessary?

Another question that comes to mind is who will really be responsible for paying for this project?  Suez? United Water?  Or the tax-paying citizens of Rockland? This reminds me a bit about a stadium in Ramapo that was built before most residents had a chance to question it…..Now, who is paying for that?

I, for one, am thrilled those local citizens’ voices are being heard and that there may be a way around this project.  After all, we already have ONE VERY LARGE, questionable power plant on our beloved Hudson River.  Do we really need another one?

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Mary Lovera

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