NYC Secures More Land for Safe, Unfiltered Drinking Water

December 19, 2010

In accordance with the Land Acquisition Program New York City has acquired over 4200 acres of land for watershed protection. The 40 + properties are located in Delaware, Putnam, Greene, Ulster, Schoharie and Westchester counties and were purchased for $16 million. Land acquisition programs are seen as the most effective way of securing healthy watersheds and securing a safe source for drinking water. New York City’s program has been one of the most comprehensive and successful in the world. Due to its success New York is one of only 5 large cities in the country not required to filter its water, the others being Boston, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle. New York city has promised $541 million to purchase land to protect the unfiltered drinking water used across New York City. Most of the acquired land will be opened to public access for hiking and fishing, as well as interested that help local businesses. The city pays market value to willing sellers for the land it acquires.

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