NEW PALTZ – An appeal by a New Paltz resident that challenged the creation of a new well near Plains Road in 2018 has been denied by the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court.
In 2018, the State Department of Environmental Conservation granted a permit to the Town and Village of New Paltz for a new well to be dug in the vicinity of the Plains Road well. The purpose of the new water source was to provide water to approximately 7,300 customers during planned outages of the Catskill Aqueduct, operated by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.
In order to perform needed maintenance work on this system, the department determined that it would need to interrupt the supply of water to the town on multiple occasions for extended periods.
In 2019, Ingrid Beers and others petitioned the Supreme Court in Albany County, claiming that the permit process was flawed. Beers lives in the area served by the current Plains Road well. The Supreme Court denied the petition, and Beers appealed.