I am guessing recent news coverage does not fall into the "I don't care what they say as long as they spell my name right" adage category. We can agree that the growing interest in clean water is a very good thing. As we would agree that it is really too bad that awareness is sparked by crises rather than careful planning and good public health policy.
But, to our not-so-little piece of these matters, there is good news to share and celebrate!
We inherited what we have. We have excellent values and lofty goals. These we temper with realism, acknowledgement of our constraints. We celebrate progress and press ahead.
|Progress Along the Hudson!|
Our only frustration was that the invite only went out to "CAG representatives" and did not include "CAG liaisons," so reps from EPA, GE, NOAA, DEC were excluded.
We had a great time which would have been richer and more fun if some from the Committee of the Whole had attended. Will definitely do that next go-round.
|PURELY LOCAL: Lunch courtesy of 9 Miles East farm and JUST Water|
|JUST and 9 Miles East, two local operations positively disrupting for health and community|
The chat was wide-ranging. A legal intern had the opportunity to speak with Carrie Woerner (our Assembly rep). Gil from the Fisherman's Association debated higher education withe Dave (from Citizens Along the River's Edge and Sport Boating association) and me. A cross-section also debated the future of the Superfund Program given the state of politics and economy. It was like a mix of summer light lunch and a college seminar.
|Mixing Business with Pleasure|
As I said at the top of the message Gina, it is advocacy and education that will prevent PFOA and PCB issues from getting to the crisis point going forward.
We have lots of clean-up and remediation to do now, but prevention is so much less-costly...in terms of dollars and health.
After the group decamped to Schuylerville Town Hall we had a very good CAG meeting. Particular highlights were an impressive presentation by your Marc Greenberg on "fish as a litmus test," showing slow-but-sure progress. Then Mike Cheplowitz, also from your team, introduced planning for floodplain and "sideline" remediation, which I look forward to helping with. Eric and Patrick from the Consensus group did their usual great job assuring that tricky combo of "air time" and agenda flow worked in time allotted.
|At "CAG": pressing for a cleaner Hudson, from Lake Tear to the Atlantic!|
What else can we do, for Lillian's sake?
|Celebrating a Cleaner Hudson: Keep Up the Good Work!|