To The Editor:
The article in the February 4 issue about the Margaretville Village Board’s travails with DEP may present the need to confront a larger issue. Has the time come to end the Watershed MOA and Filtration Avoidance Waiver that goes with it? Both were signed in 1998. Back then, there were concerns that filtration on the scale New York City would need could be unworkable. Costs were uncertain, with estimates as high as $11 billion. This was a time when city finances were in dreadful condition, so the city couldn’t borrow, bond, or otherwise fund such a project. The agreement as signed offered financial benefits to both a beleaguered city and the watershed towns that host the water consumed by New York City.
Now, the city is thriving and its finances are sound.