The battle over storm water being directed into North Bay has been raging for three months. Now today, the Register-Star reports that DPW superintendent Rob Perry, who has regularly started his presentations about this project by bemoaning Hudson's ancient sewer system and preaching the horrors of CSOs (combined sewer overflows), claims the proposed project will have no effect whatever on the way things are: "DPW head: Project will not dump untreated storm water into bay." In the article, Perry is quoted as saying, "When this project is done, everything stays the same."
So it seems the plan is to spend $600,000 to lay 525 feet of pipe, but the pipe intended to carry the storm water will not be used and the sewer will not actually be separated until the completion of some undefined number of next steps (all presumably dependent on getting grant money), in a master plan that, according to Perry, involves a total of fifty steps. If this is true, one has to wonder why Perry waited so long to reveal it. If this is true, one also has to wonder if the entire plan was ever reviewed to assess its environmental impacts and if it is available for review by the Conservation Advisory Council as well as members of the public. One of the members of Hudson's new CAC created a green infrastructure storm water management plan for Bard College that was implemented in 2014-2015. Her input could be of great value to the City's storm water management efforts.
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