$2.1 Billion Plan to Repair Crucial Aqueduct
Submitted by Elizabeth Mooney on Wed, 2011-12-21 18:34.
Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland has released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for DEP's Water for the Future, a $2.1 billion initiative to maintain and ensure New York City's drinking water for the coming years.
The program has two main elements: repairing leaks in the Delaware Aqueduct -- which supplies roughly half of the city's daily drinking water needs -- and supplementing the city's water supply during construction work on the tunnel.
In November 2010, DEP outlined a design and timeline to address leaks in the Delaware Aqueduct by building a two-and-a-half mile bypass tunnel around a portion of the aqueduct that is leaking in the Roseton area of the Town of Newburgh, and repairing leaks in the Town of Wawarsing from inside the existing tunnel.
Under the plan, DEP will break ground on the bypass tunnel in 2013, and complete the connection to the Delaware Aqueduct in 2021.DEP will accept written comments through Friday, February 17, 2012. The public also can comment on the DEIS at upcoming hearings, listed below:
Town of Newburgh
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Town of Newburgh Town Hall
1496 Route 300, Newburgh, NY 12550
(snow date January 30, 2012)
January 24, 2012
January 25, 2012
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