Rockland County Legislator Connie Coker, D-South Nyack, said today that members of the Legislature’s Environmental Committee will hear an assessment of water resources in Rockland County, based upon a five-year study by the U.S. Geological Survey .
Paul Heisig, a USGS hydrologist who conducted the study, will present the assessment at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Allison-Parris County Office Building, 11 New Hempstead Road in New City. The public is invited to attend, Coker said.
Coker has also invited Bob Dillon of the Rockland Coalition for Sustainable Water to make a presentation, “Hackensack River Reservoirs and Rockland’s Water Rights.”
“This is a critical time for Rockland residents to know everything they possibly can about our water supply – both the quality and quantity,” Coker said in a news release today. “Paul Heisig and Bob Dillon will provide us with an opportunity to learn the facts about our situation so that we can develop a comprehensive approach to protecting our water supply.
“At this time, the (state) Public Service Commission is reviewing a United Water (New York) request for a 23 percent rate hike – yet United Water has not developed a definitive program for a sustainable water supply for Rockland. We are at a crossroad. I encourage residents to attend the meeting on the 12th to become better informed about our water supply,” Coker stated.
Coker also said she encourages residents to take advantage of the PSC public comment period, which ends May 15, to voice opinions on the water company and the proposed rate increase. Anyone wishing to comment may do so by writing to Hon. Jaclyn A. Brilling, Secretary, Public Service Commission, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12223-1350; by calling the commission’s Opinion Line at 1-800-335-2120 or via the “PSC Comment Form” in the “Consumer Assistance” file on the commission’s website at www.dps.state.ny.us. In all cases, comments should reference “Case 09-W-0731 United Water New York Rates.”
Coker is chairwoman of the Legislature’s Environmental Comittee.
Above, Legislator Connie Coker, D-South Nyack.