Help keep this watershed land safe from developers!!
Organized by: Tim Glass
We are a community of homeowners who are actively opposing the construction of a new subdivision on adjacent property. We live in the lower Hudson Valley in New York, on land that is part of the watershed that feeds NYC drinking water. This property has always been considered un-buildable. Sixteen acres of streams, old growth trees, steep slopes, and habitat to many species. Beautiful is an understatement. There is abundant wetland throughout, as the land is part of the watershed that empties into the New Croton Reservoir. This planned development is to consist of 4 houses, nearly 40 thousand square feet of sub-surface septic areas, and the installation of much impervious road surfacing. The consequences of such a plan becoming reality will be immense. Stormwater runoff, already an issue in the area, will lead to more soil erosion, which in turn will degrade the land for trees to flourish. With inadequate soil, the trees will get weak, decline and die. It’s a vicious cycle – more storm water runoff equals less soil and less trees to divert and absorb storm water.And local homeowners end up with increased flooding. Many in the area have wells and are concerned about toxicity in drinking water if this land’s natural filters and buffers are disturbed. The list of species that presently call this land home is extensive. Hawks, owls, bats, and woodpeckers. Snakes, turtles, frogs, and salamanders. Foxes, coyotes, and many more. All through the day and night they go about their business. This property is their habitat, and if the trees are razed and the bedrock is blasted, they will go. Their loss will be our loss too. We have been fortunate enough to attract the interest of a local environmental non-profit that has given much good advice and inspiration. With their help, and local donations, we have commissioned a new independent wildlife habitat assessment that speaks to the sensitivity of the area. Our next goal, and the reason why we are seeking funds here, is to hire a civil engineer to inspect the documents on file, survey the land, and offer an expert opinion on drainage, flooding, and the current plan’s methods of septic and stormwater management. We have recently appeared before the town planning and conservation boards and have made great inroads in forcing the town to reevaluate the project. But now, if we are to move forward, we need to raise additional funds. Please help us fight back against the onslaught of encroaching development. Please help conserve this beautiful land. Thank-you.