OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND PRESS
Presentations will be made by officials of the New York State DEC and the New York City DEP to address the issues, facts and the impact of the releases on the Lower Esopus Creek and the communities within the Town of Ulster.
"The creek is a vital part of our communities, and it interconnects our region," said the forum's host, Town of Ulster Supervisor James Quigley. "This issue has a regional impact and needs regional solutions. It's a perfect opportunity to work together to solve a timely and potentially devastating problem."
The forum will be on February 8, 2011 from 7 to 9 pm at the Town of Ulster Town Hall, 1 Town Hall Drive, Lake Katrine.
"I look forward to hosting this session, and gaining input and participation from all people affected directly and indirectly by these releases," said Quigley.
The Lower Esopus Watershed Partnership consists of representatives from the City of Kingston, Hudson River Watershed Alliance, the Towns of Hurley, Marbletown, Olive, Saugerties, Ulster, the Village of Saugerties and the Ulster County Department of the Environment. The Partnership is dedicated to fostering the appreciation and stewardship of the Lower Esopus Watershed.
An additional session is planned in the Town of Saugerties on February 10, 2011, details to follow.
Summary of Presentations will include:
Presentations to address some of the causes for this unprecedented concentrated turbidity and the equally unprecedented extended duration of time that these high volume flows have been carried out.
Address issues and list observed impacts.
Discuss timelines and steps to be taken.
The public is encouraged to contact the Town of Ulster Supervisor's Office at (845) 382-2765 or Mary McNamara, the Outreach Coordinator at the Lower Esopus Watershed Partnership at (845) 417-5555 for additional information.