* To review the recent revision of the New York City Filtration Avoidance Determination, click here: http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/water/drinking/nycfad/. Then, submit your feedback below to the WAG.
For the first time since the formation of the NYC Watershed, the entire Upstate (West of Hudson River) portion of the Watershed is encompassed in one Congressional District - the newly formed 19th District represented by Rep. Chris Gibson. As Congressman Gibson has traveled through the 165 towns in the 19th District - as well as his work in 2011-2012 while representing the 20th District - one common theme he has heard over and over again is the issue of Watershed management.
Who We Are
Led by Congressman Gibson and his staff, the Watershed Advisory Group (WAG) will bring together interested parties - residents, state and local officials, farmers, small business owners and others. If you are interested in participating, see the submission form below. Congressman Gibson's District Director will be the Chairman of the WAG, with Ulster County resident Bob Illjes serving as co-chair.
Why we’re here
The WAG is being established by Congressman Chris Gibson to facilitate communication between interested/affected individuals and organizations in order to help identify and remedy issues facing residents in the Watershed region. Representatives from each of the affected areas both in and around the Watershed will be invited to participate.
Our goal is to organize the affected communities to identify and present the true scope of the issues/problems. It will be a gathering place for informational input, both positive and negative, that affects residents both in and around the NYC Watershed. Within each area of the NYC water system (such as the Catskill Watershed or Delaware River Basin), both similar and different problems exist. The common link is that they are affected by the NYC water delivery system. In addition, within each area, individual towns and communities have specific (and sometimes conflicting) problems/goals.
Input from all communities and/or interested parties is not only welcome, but is imperative to truly establish the full scope of the of the entire New York City water system, as well the actions of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).
This Committee will organize these issues/problems in a manageable manner in order to identify the magnitude of the problem and the importance of a fair resolution. Our goal is to advocate for constituents and reach a fair resolution of these long-standing issues.
As Congressman Gibson stated, by “working together, we can ensure both the conveyance of clean water to NYC while balancing the ability of local communities to thrive and flourish.”
Working For Our Communities
With your interests in mind, the goal of the WAG will be to identify, on a non-partisan basis, the positive and negative effects and consequences of living in the New York City Watershed. Facts will be gathered, and what WAG will advise the Congressman on with the common goal of fair treatment at the forefront of each evaluation.
The problems of every community, as well as the reality of supplying clean water to NYC, must be looked at to resolve all the identified issues with the best interest of all kept in mind.
Our goals are to organize the affected communities to present the true scope of the issues/problems, and to enable all communities to share information in order to present an accurate evaluation and reach a united resolution.
How you can help us
Show you interest in our mission by supporting our efforts to support you. We ask that you take a few minutes to fill out this form. You can return the form via email to 19thDistrictWatershed@mail.house.gov or by mail to:
Congressman Chris Gibson
Kingston, NY 12401