KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) — Local leaders in Ulster County are planning a public hearing on the state's plan to let New York City continue to maintain its upstate water supply system without a filtration plant.
County Executive Mike Hein and other officials are angry about the state removing a part of the filtration waiver that involves the lower Esopus (uh-SOH-pus) Creek. The city periodically discharges muddy water from a reservoir into the creek to keep the water from reaching New York City. Shoreline property owners say their land has suffered as a result.
The Environmental Protection Agency has designated the lower Esopus an impaired water body because of the muddy water.
Officials have set a hearing for Sept. 25 in Kingston.