Mid Hudson Times Feb. 07 2018

T IMES MID HUDSON Vol. 30, No 6 3 FEBRUARY 7 - 13, 2018 ONE DOLLAR Lady Goldbacks win matinee Page 35 Pages 18-19 SERVING NEWBURGH AND NEW WINDSOR Back to Washington Lake? Status of city’s drinking water on forum agenda By SHANTAL RILEY sriley@tcnewspapers.com City Manager Michael Ciaravino spoke at a forum on the Newburgh water crisis, co-hosted by the New York State Department of Health and Department of Environmental Conservation at the city Activity Center on Monday night. The event was attended by about 150 people wanting to learn more about the state of the city’s drinking water. “Are we switching over to Washington Lake and what are the consequences for that?” he asked. “Do we stay where we’re at on the Catskills and what does that look like for the city?” The city manager spoke about the new, state-of-the-art, granular-activated carbon (GAC) filtration system, recently constructed at the city’s water treatment plant on Little Britain Road. Paid for by the state, the system was designed to remove perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) from city water contaminated by discharges from the Stewart Air National Guard Base. In 2016, the city’s drinking-water reservoir at Washington Lake was found to be contaminated by PFOS flowing from the air base, where PFOS-laden fire foam was used for decades. The city is currently supplied with water from the Catskill Aqueduct, also paid for by the state. The city is due to switch back to the lake water sometime this spring. “If we do switch over to Washington Lake, we will quickly draw down that water, unless we open the diversion gates and accept the water upstream from Silver Stream,” said Ciaravino. The stream supplies approximately two- thirds of the lake water and Patton Brook supplies the other third, he said. 3 City of Newburgh to appoint new police chief By SHANTAL RILEY sriley@tcnewspapers.com “We took a test that has no answers,” city resident Melinda Ware told state officials at a forum on the Newburgh water crisis Monday. Silver Stream is fed by Recreation Pond. Located next to the air base, in 2016, the pond tested with PFOS levels of 5,900 parts per trillion, more than 84 times the current lifetime health advisory level for PFOS set by the EPA. “This new system is designed to treat contaminants we found in Washington Lake,” said Martin Brand, deputy commissioner of remediation and materials management at the DEC, including PFOS and other perfluorinated chemicals such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). DOH Deputy Commissioner for Public Health Brad Hutton said the GAC system is “possibly largest in the nation,” capable of handling almost 9 million gallons of water per day. The system will be rigorously tested Continued on page 2 WWW.MIDHUDSONTIMES.COM At long last, the City of Newburgh will have a new police chief. Douglas Solomon was provisionally appointed to the position earlier this week. “As the police chief of the City of Beacon, he was instrumental in the rev i t a l i z at i o n and renaissance which has occurred in the City of Beacon,” the city stated in a press release Monday. T h e appointment is provisional, Douglas Solomon pending Solomon taking an open- competitive police chief exam this year. The city manager’s office did not say when the exam would be scheduled. “Chief Solomon is in the process to be appointed pending the police chief exam results, at which time he could be deemed qualified and appointed permanently,” City Manager Michael Ciaravino said in a statement Monday. Solomon has served as a police officer, Continued on page 3