2002-01-19 / Community

Report and Proposal on Water

Report and Proposal on Water

The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Joel A. Miele Sr., announced this week that the city has submitted a summary and assement of the city's watershed protection to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It includes a long-term plan for the protection of the current filtration standards, and recommendations for improvements in the system.

" This report is the single most comprehensive evaluation of the City's watershed protection efforts to date," said Commissioner Miele. "The report details the significant achievements make by the DEP and it's partners in designing and implementing the overall watershed protection program."

Programs that hopefully will be continued and expanded include a program to manage waterfowl, a new organizing infrastructure for seven West of Hudson communities, a Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade, and a Kensico Reservoir protection program.

New programs include a survey of septic systems to identify those that are malfunctioning and clogging up the system in two districts, funding to prioritize community stormwater needs, efforts to control source pollution in certain Catskill/Delaware resevoir basins, and a commitment to a large disinfection facility for the same area.

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