October 7, 2010

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CRREO “discussion brief” identifies “urgent” need for regional water resource planning

NEW PALTZ – The Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach at SUNY New Paltz Wednesday released the fourth in a series of Discussion Briefs on regional issues: Hudson Valley Water: Opportunities and Challenges.  This series seeks to inform citizens and decision makers on key issues, problems and opportunities facing our region.

This latest paper, authored by Scott Cuppett and Russell Urban-Mead, finds that the abundance of water is one of the region’s most important current and future resources. 

It argues that there is an urgent need in the Hudson Valley for regional water resource planning and protection to assure the region’s future.

The authors encourage watershed planning initiatives that integrate best preservation practices with water resource uses, while encouraging economic growth. They recommend approaches and strategies that capitalize on our ecosystem’s ability to provide clean and abundant water through better land use decisions.

"Our abundance of water in the Hudson Valley provides one of our greatest regional opportunities, and one of our biggest challenges,” said Gerald Benjamin, center director and associate vice president for Regional Engagement.


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