Suez water customers got a reprieve this week — rates will rise but not so much. Activists and politicians offered a muted cheer; Nyack & South Nyack residents yawned (they are customers of the Nyack Water Department and aren’t affected). And Clarkstown scheduled hearings about drawing boundaries to create a ward system including Upper Nyack and other neighborhoods. Plus Two Hammond’s Highlights at the Nyack Center: a community policing meeting and the annual Annual MLK Oratory contest, this year celebrating the Obama legacy.
Tagged: Scenic Hudson
by Susan Hellauer
Will Nyack or Piermont have a beach again? There are many challenges to consider: river hazards, currents, liability, parking, and operating costs among them. But before any of that, there must be clean, consistently swimmable water, which is a good thing even if no human swims in it. Sewers and wastewater infrastructure must be brought up to high standards. Environmental groups and local elected officials are campaigning hard for state and federal funding for this costly but important project.
Myra Starr and her Sea Mariner friends had no choice but to swim out to their sailboat when their leaky old dinghy went missing in 1947. It was moored off the Grand-View-on-Hudson Town Hall, where an outflow pipe ran down to the river, discharging raw sewage into the Hudson. The girls dove in anyway, quickly getting out to cleaner mid-river water. “We all just took it for granted that sewage, factory waste, everything had to go into the river. Where else was it going to go?”
Sustainable Saturdays, a weekly feature that focuses on conservation, sustainability, recycling and healthy living, is sponsored by Green Meadow Waldorf School, Maria Luisa Boutique and Strawtown Studio.
During the 2009 Upper Nyack public debate about a possible sale of Petersen’s Boatyard to residential developers, one of the neighborhood’s worst fears was that the property would be turned into condos. A new buyer with a marina background was subsequently found who will be turning the 200 year old property into a valet parking lot for boats.
Local environmental group Riverkeeper will argue a case before the Supreme Court regarding the Clean Water Act and the EPA’s use of cost-benefit analysis for power plant upgrades on Tuesday, December 2. Entergy Corp. v. Riverkeeper, Inc. will determine whether the federal government is authorized to compare costs with benefits[…]
Pretty Penny is the place for for an early evening event to benefit the Nyack Park Conservancy on Saturday, September 13 from 6p to 8p. Nicholas Quenell of Quenell Rotschild, whose landscape architectural projects include Governors Island, Henry Hudson Park, Ghiardelli Square and the Cloisters, will speak briefly about the[…]