KINGSTON – Some environmental organizations are banding together to form a watershed coalition in Ulster County in the wake of the proposed Niagara Bottling project.
That has prompted the Woodstock Land Conservancy, Kingston Citizens, Riverkeeper, and the Esopus Creek Conservancy to form a watershed task force, said Kingston Citizens leader Rebecca Martin.
“It will be a group selected by (the Woodstock Land Conservancy) board to help create the infrastructure for a water coalition that would be combination of organizations, agencies, elected officials, citizens, to help to identify the issues within our watershed and to develop outreach, education, policy and management for our water,” Martin said.
The Ulster water coalition effort is being modeled after a successful Rockland County Water Coalition, which was formed to fight a desalination project that would have drawn water from the Hudson River as a new drink water source. The state PSC nixed that plan some months ago.