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For immediate release:
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
For more information contact:
Jordan Christensen, Hudson Valley Program Coordinator, 516-225-3923 (mobile), jchristensen@citizenscampaign.org


New report demonstrates how Rockland can use conservation as an alternative to desalination

Download the report here

White Plains, NY
– Rockland County should be opting for sustainable water management and conservation practices instead of a desalination plant on the Hudson River, according to a report released today by Citizens Campaign for the Environment. The report, entitled “Promoting Sustainable Water Solutions to Save Energy, Water, and Money: Alternatives to Hudson River Desalination”, assess Rockland County’s water resources and how utilizing green infrastructure, updating zoning and construction codes, fixing outdated grey infrastructure, promoting conservation practices, and educating the public on actions they can take will be effective in preserving Rockland’s water for the future.

The release of this report coincides with the final week of public comment on United Water’s Haverstraw Water Supply Proposal - a proposal for a desalination plant that this report finds would increase water rates for consumers, require intensive energy use, impair local fisheries and water quality, and potentially pose a public health risk due to the proximity of the plant to the Indian Point Nuclear Facility. Included in this report are case studies of other desalination plants that have been costly and detrimental to the local environment, as well as specific cases in Rockland County where drinking water resources are being wasted due to lack of conservation measures.

“There is no need for a costly, energy-intensive desalination plant in Rockland County,” said Jordan Christensen, Hudson Valley Program Coordinator for Citizens Campaign for the Environment. “Preserving Rockland’s vast water resources will save residents money, benefit the local environment, and ensure that future water needs are met. The solution is conservation, not desalination.”

The report is available at http://www.citizenscampaign.org/PDFs/desal%20white%20paper.pdf

The comment period for both the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and New York State Department of State on United Water’s desalination proposal closes on April 20, 2012. CCE is encouraging members of the public to submit comments in opposition to the desalination proposal, and in support of conservation and sustainable water management as an alternative. Visit CCE’s website at http://www.citizenscampaign.org/campaigns/hudson-river-desalination.asp for more information on submitting comments.



Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) empowers communities and advocates solutions for our shared environment and public health and is supported by over 80,000 members throughout New York State and Connecticut. www.citizenscampaign.org

updated by jchristensen  4/17/12