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September 19, 2013

Gibson: Towns need more flood protection

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The management of that system is governed by a Filtration Avoidance Determination (FAD), which the state is now in the process of updating. The draft FAD recommendations call for New York City to spend nearly $40 million on stream management programs and roughly $50 million on land acquisition.

Tompkins Town Supervisor Carl Stuendel, the chairman of the Coalition of Watershed Towns, called the additional funding for land acquisition “not a prudent use of the city’s resources at this time.”

“Instead,” Stuendel said, “those funds should be directed at correcting more pressing threats to the city’s water supply, including protecting communities from flooding from major storm events.”

Ulster County Executive Mike Hein, a Democrat, said he welcomed Gibson’s involvement, while calling on DEP to end its “divide and conquer approach.”

While the reservoir levels are not part of the FAD review, Gibson said they are of deep concern to local officials in watershed towns.

The state Health Department announced last month that its draft FAD revisions grew out of “input from watershed communities, city residents and other stakeholders, including public meetings in Delhi” and several other locations.

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