Watershed Management for Potable Water Supply: Assessing the by Committee to Review the New York City Watershed Management

By Committee to Review the New York City Watershed Management Strategy, National Research Council

In 1997, manhattan urban followed a immense watershed contract to guard its ingesting water and keep away from filtration of its huge upstate floor water provide. almost immediately thereafter, the NRC begun an research of the agreement's medical validity. The ensuing ebook unearths big apple City's watershed contract to be an exceptional template for proactive watershed administration that, if effectively carried out, will retain excessive water caliber. despite the fact that, it cautions that the contract isn't a warrantly of everlasting filtration avoidance due to altering rules, uncertainties relating to pollutants assets, advances in remedy applied sciences, and common adaptations in watershed stipulations. The booklet recommends that long island urban position its maximum precedence on pathogenic microorganisms within the watershed and direct its assets towards enhancing equipment for detecting pathogens, figuring out pathogen delivery and destiny, and demonstrating that top administration practices will eliminate pathogens. different ideas, that are generally acceptable to floor water provides around the nation, objective buffer zones, stormwater administration, water caliber tracking, and effluent buying and selling.

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NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL STUDY The January 1997 MOA included several changes that were introduced by the New York City Office of the Comptroller. The Comptroller was not a party to the negotiation process that produced the MOA, but his signature of approval was necessary for the agreement to be finalized, partly because of the many lawsuits that were being terminated as a result of the MOA. The Comptroller objected to a number of provisions in the public draft released in late 1996, including (1) no apparent limit of the number of new wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) in the watersheds, (2) the transfer of primacy from EPA to the New York State Department of Health within five years, and (3) the transfer of millions of dollars to upstate communities with “inadequate” oversight that might be used to further pollute the watershed (New York City Office of the Comptroller, 1997).

Changes in the SWTR that may affect the City’s waiver are likely to be promulgated within the next two years. Chapter 5 compares current New York City compliance data with projected future regulations in order to assess the City’s ability to comply with projected regulatory changes. Special consideration is given to the Enhanced SWTR and the Disinfectants/Disinfection By-Products Rule. Copyright © 2003 National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.

The Coalition of Watershed Towns (CWT) was organized in 1991 to serve as a voice for 30 watershed towns west of the Hudson River. The CWT demanded the City compensate watershed communities for direct and indirect costs of its watershed protection program. The main goals of the CWT were to ensure the proposed regulations would not prevent reasonable community development and to limit the regulations to the minimum needed to protect water quality (Stave, 1998). The CWT pursued legal action as one means of meeting its objectives and took a lead role in opposing the proposed regulations (Finnegan, 1997).

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