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Opinion

May 7, 2013

Water a commodity worth protecting

Raised in the 1940s and 1950s, I never thought water would be such a hot commodity. Clean water, for the most part, was a given, but not anymore.

Having recently returned from Florida, I was surprised at the anger many Floridians are expressing toward their elected officials, questioning why more isn’t being done to protect the water supply, and why polluters are being allowed to continue polluting with zero consequences. A recent poll showed Gov. Rick Scott, who up until now has shown little interest in the environment, in danger of losing the election, because of this.

We here in New York are faced with similar challenges. Fracking, pipelines and the proposed construction of a gas storage facility on Seneca Lake that supplies 100,000 people with their water are a few of the issues.

Remaining vigilant, and reminding our elected officials that we too want our water supply protected, will benefit us all, not only for this generation, but for all those in the future who will call New York state home.

Diana Heeman

Morris

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