Warnings ignored Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2019 10:47 am By Richard Ostner, New Windsor
My warnings regarding our water in New Windsor were ridiculed and ignored. My predictions have come true. We now have contaminated water flowing to the newly created “Butter Hill” well field and ultimately New Windsor’s municipal water supply. When Green and the Town Council decided to terminate the use of the Butter Hill wells, they claimed it was out of their stated ‘extreme caution.’ Where was this self-proclaimed leadership’s caution was when I was warning of the impending doom?
In April 2015 I counseled the Green team to seriously consider dusting off the shelved plans for the “Orange County Water Loop” developed by then Orange County Executive Lu Hemibranch. I was told by Green that a surface water system is too expensive to treat. How then is the NYC aqueduct surface water system so effective and efficient?
In March and July of 2016, my two published letters to the editor counseled Green that using ground water as a solution to New Windsor’s quest for water supply was an egregious error. The identified toxins were acknowledged to be already present upstream of the proposed well fields. Since all are within the Moodna Creek aquifer basin, I advised that the toxins will ultimately leach into the aquifer. To confirm my beliefs, I consulted with well-respected hydrologists who supported my point of view. My advisory and caution was publicly ridiculed and ultimately disregarded.
In February of 2017 I sent a personal letter to Green and Councilman Regenbaum warning of the need to find alternate sources of safe potable water for the Town of New Windsor. During my campaign for supervisor when the Kroll Well field tested positive for PFOS & PFOA, I raised concern once again that any future well fields at “Butter Hill” would suffer the same fate because all are within the Moodna aquifer basin. I was ridiculed by both Green and Regenbaum in private return correspondence.
Since all of the warnings by me and others were ignored, it’s time to replace the Green Team. Our water disaster is the best example of a Supervisor and Town Board whose thinking is flawed. Continuous bad judgments and decisions by Green and his team’s “LEADERSHIP” affect the health of our community at taxpayer expense. We as a community have the opportunity to make a choice. Elect George Meyers and his bipartisan slate to office. It’s time.