by Goeff Welch and Erica Van Auken
Construction of either of the casinos proposed for Southern Orange County would have severe consequences on drinking water in southern New York and northern New Jersey. Overall river flow stands to be reduced if either of these casinos comes on line, resulting in an overall decrease in water supply during future drought. Construction of the Genting Sterling Forest Resort Casino in Tuxedo, or Caesar’s in Woodbury, could bring substantial reductions in freshwater flow and simultaneous increases in wastewater in the Ramapo River. This once pure source of water could become mainly treated sewage during dry periods.