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Report could be good sign for flood mitigation

U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, calls the review of New York City’s Filtration Avoidance Determination agreement a step in the right direction for upstate communities threatened with flooding.

"Given the complexity of the issue and number of stakeholders involved, this will take some time," Gibson said in a statement. "Principally, we are looking for effective flood mitigation strategies for Upstate communities, resolution to turbidity issues throughout the watershed, and equitable policies that balance the need for the conveyance of clean water to NYC with the economic viability and safety of communities in my district."

A full story on Gibson's call to prevent future flooding can be found HERE.

Following his election to the newly created 19th Congressional District, which includes Schoharie County, Gibson formed the Watershed Advisory Group to gather and evaluate information about the watershed. These ongoing discussions have focused on the needs and goals of the local residents, who are impacted by New York City's water needs.

In 1997, a Filtration Avoidance Determination was issued that allowed NYC to avoid filtering its water by getting clean water from upstate areas. A review of that agreement was originally due in 2012, but came out now and is available below. The review was done by the state Department of Health.

"DOH is accepting comments on these revisions through October and I urge my constituents to weigh in," Gibson said. "I would also encourage them to share that feedback with my Watershed Advisory Group so that we may effectively analyze constituent and stakeholder concerns and input on this important issue."

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New York City Filtration Avoidance Determination

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