April'16 Update


AN UNACCEPTABLE RISK TO OUR CHILDREN AND ALL WESTCHESTER RESIDENTS

Spectra Energy has applied for permission to construct a new 42" diameter high---pressure gas
pipeline in close proximity to the Indian Point nuclear power plant --- something that would
normally require an extensive risk assessment. But so far, the approval process is moving right
along --- with no risk assessment at all!

Please contact your county legislator today! Critical independent, comprehensive and transparent
assessments are urgently needed due to the mounting number of serious risks posed by the AIM
pipeline expansion project that will carry natural gas through Rockland, Westchester, and
Putnam Counties, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and on to export facilities.

• A natural gas pipeline in close proximity to Indian Point nuclear power plant --- something that
would normally require an extensive risk assessment. But so far, the approval process is moving
right along --- with no risk assessment at all!
•Larger in diameter and much higher in pressure compared to other pipelines
•Located within a known seismic zone
•Intersects with two proposed high voltage power lines
•Pipeline route is in close proximity to homes, schools and businesses.


The AIM pipeline project will result in significant increase pf pollutants throughout the county.
The tri-state area is already considered a Non containment zone” for air quality standards
according to the U.S. EPA; Our air exceeds limits for air pollutants such as particulate matter and
Ground-level ozone. Also of concern, radioactive materials in the pipeline could potentially
contaminate property and water supplies during maintenance and operations.

Please contact your county legislator today!
Testa John District 1 jxt2@westchestergov.com 995-2828
Harckham Peter Maj. Leader; Dist.2 pbh1@westchestergov.com 995-2810
Smith Michael District 3 mxs3@westchestergov.com 995-2847
Kaplowitz Michael District 4 mkk8@westchestergov.com 995-2848
Boykin Benjamin District 5 boykin@westcheserlegislators.com 995-2827
Gelfarb David District 6 gelfarb@westchesterlegislators.com 995-2834
Parker Catherine District 7 cfp7@westchestergov.com 995-2802
Williams Alfreda District 8 aaw3@westchestergov.com 995-2933
Borgia Catherine District 9 borgia@westchesterlegislators.com 995-2812
Marcotte Sheila District 10 smm6@westchestergov.com 995-2817
Maisano James Min. Leader; Dist. 11 jjm3@westchestergov.com 995-2826
Shimsky MaryJane Dist.12, Maj. Whip mjs2@westchestergov.com 995-2821
Williams Lyndon Vice Chair; Dist. 13 williams@westchesterlegislators.com 995-2837
Spreckman Bernice District 14 bss6@westchestergov.com 995-2815
Burrows Gordon Min. Whip; Dist. 15 gab6@westchestergov.com 995-2830
Jenkins Kenneth Board Chair; Dist. 16 jenkins@westchesterlegislators.com 995-2829
Perez Virginia District 17 perez@westchesterlegislators.com 995-2846

PLEASE SHARE WIDELY!

For more information please email concernedresidentsprw@gmail.com


Jan15

Video on Green Infrastructure - Watershed Management
Practices in The Hudson Valley NY

Please enjoy this short documentary/info video recently completed that showcases an
innovative Green Infrastructure practice with The Village of Wappingers Falls in
Dutchess County: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HxBa8K32Vo
This project is an Ecological Gravel Filter Stormwater Wetland system that will provide
flood resiliency and water quality improvement to the Wappingers Creek Watershed.
The practice will reduce sedimentation by up to 95% and provide significant hazard
mitigation to the nearby community. The long term goal is to improve water quality
in Wappinger Lake and in the Hudson River Estuary. It is hoped that the practice
shown in the video will be the beginning of a revitalizing process elsewhere in The
Wappinger Creek Watershed and serve as an example of what other communities
with similar issues may be able achieve. The project is the first of its kind in
New York State and was funded by a green innovation grant from NYS EFC.




EPA Releases Fact Sheet on the ECONOMIC BENEFITS of PROTECTING HEALTHY WATERSHEDS
EPA has released a new fact sheet as part of its Healthy Watersheds initiative describing the economic benefits of protecting healthy watersheds by highlighting examples from existing peer-reviewed literature and studies. EPA’s Healthy Watersheds Initiative is intended to protect the Nation's remaining healthy watersheds, prevent them from becoming impaired, and accelerate restoration successes. It encourages interested states to take a strategic, systems approach to protecting healthy watersheds that recognizes the
dynamic and interconnected nature of aquatic ecosystems.
The fact sheet describes studies that demonstrate protecting healthy watersheds can reduce capital costs for water treatment plants and reduce damages to property and infrastructure due to flooding, thereby avoiding future costs. Additionally, examples in the fact sheet show that protecting healthy watersheds can generate revenue through property value premiums, recreation, and tourism. This fact sheet directs readers to important resources to learn more about the substantial efforts to monetize ecosystem services from across the country.
This fact sheet is also a resource for those doing outreach to
promote the protection of healthy watersheds.
The fact sheet is available at: http://www.epa.gov/healthywatersheds.
This Web site provides information on Healthy Watersheds, including:
Concept, Approach and Benefits:
Approaches and benefits of conserving and protecting healthy watersheds.
Assessment Framework: A systems approach to watershed assessment. Examples of Assessments: Current assessment approaches being used by regions, states, and communities.
Conservation Approaches & Tools: Conservation and protection approaches used by states and communities for ensuring healthy watersheds remain intact.
Outreach Tools: Strategies and resources for watershed managers to encourage stakeholder engagement in conservation and protection of healthy watersheds. Where You Live: Links to projects at the national, regional, state, and local scales. Publications: Related documents.




U.S. Forest Service reports look at FOREST management, ecosystem services, and sensitivity of forests The U.S. Forest Service released two reports as part of their Forests on the Edge' Series. The paper "Forest Land Conversion, Ecosystem Services, and Economic Issues for Policy: A Review" focuses on the use of the ecosystem service conceptual framework as a basis for understanding the ecological effects of forest land conversion, and as a basis for understanding the economic issues that arise in designing policies to conserve forest ecosystems. (http://www.fs.fed.us/openspace/fote/literature.html ).




The U.S.F.S. also conducted an analysis of "FORESTS ON THE EDGE: Housing Development on America's Private Forests,- examining the sensitivity of the results of the first Forests on the Edge report to four factors: (1) use of updated private land and forest cover spatial data and a revised model of housing density change, (2) projection of residential development on woodland identified as shrub/scrub land cover, (3) inclusion of very-low-density residential development in the housing density change categories, and (4) inclusion of additional watersheds in the analysis by changing the screening criteria. http://www.fs.fed.us/openspace/fote/sensitivity.html





NYS Comptroller Releases Report: OPEN SPACE PROVIDES ECONOMIC BENEFITS Open space provides economic benefits that need to be identified and considered in land use decisions, according to a report (http://www.osc.state.ny.us/reports/environmental/openspacepreserv10.pdf ) recently released by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Open space can provide a variety of public benefits, including storm water drainage and water management, DiNapoli said. Open spaces also provide a more direct economic benefit through tourism, agriculture and the forestry industry. All these benefits should be a factor in land use decisions from Montauk to Massena. Agriculture is among New York's largest and most vital industries, encompassing 25 percent of the states land and generating more than $4.5 billion for the states economy each year. In 2007, the income generated directly by farms, combined with income generated by agricultural support industries and by industries that process agricultural products, totaled $31.2 billion. The study noted that open space contributes to the states economy by providing opportunities for outdoor recreational activities. DiNapoli also noted that open space often requires fewer municipal services than lands in other use and tend to generate more in municipal tax revenue. Open space helps control storm water runoff, preserves surface water quality and stream flows, and aids in the infiltration of surface water to replenish aquifers. When lands are converted to other uses, the natural benefits provided by open space often must be replaced through the construction of water treatment facilities and infrastructure to control storm water, all paid for through local tax revenue. A series of studies have found the preservation of open space to be a more economical way to address storm water requirements. DiNapoli's report recommends that New York State consider: (1) Allowing municipalities to establish community preservation funds; (2) Evaluating the adequacy of protections for lands providing benefits for Municipalities; (3) Improving state-level planning for open space to address long-term funding needs; (4) Improving the administration of funds for open space programs; and (5) Encouraging private land conservation. For a copy of the Economic Benefits of Open Space report, go to: http://www.osc.state.ny.us/reports/environmental/openspacepreserv10.pdf






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