There is a debate going on about a plan to separate storm water from sanitary sewage bound for the waste water treatment plant. In December, the City was awarded a $600,000 CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) to do the sewer separation project. DPW superintendent Rob Perry maintains that the project is a Type II Action under the State Environmental Quality Review Act and requires no environmental review. Timothy O'Connor, speaking on behalf of the Conservation Advisory Coalition, argues that the plan will result in an annual discharge of 242 million gallons of untreated storm water from the streets of Hudson into the sensitive ecosystem of North Bay and an Environmental Impact Statement is absolutely essential to understand the effects of that action.
A resolution declaring the project a Type II Action came before the Common Council in March. The Council postponed voting on it to allow time to study the issue. The aldermen are likely to vote on the resolution at their next meeting, which takes place on April 21. An online petition has been initiated urging the Council not to declare the project a Type II Action and instead to do an environmental review and prepare an Environmental Impact Statement. Click here to read and sign the petition.
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