Lake George Mirror
Dan Stec, who represents the Lake George region in the New York State Assembly, has been named co-chairman of the Assembly Republican Conference’s Task Force on Water Quality.
According to Assembly minority leader Brian Kolb, the Task Force was created in response to concerns about the cleanliness of the state’s water sources and to the challenges facing New York’s public water supply systems. Issues to be addressed include the development of long-term, sustainable solutions that will protect the state’s water sources, address sewage problems and fix aging water infrastructure.
“Water is an elemental building block of our society and its purity must be a given. There is absolutely no excuse for letting this critical part of our day-to-day lives succumb to inhibitive pollution,” said Stec. “Our task force will directly address the concerns of New Yorkers who have, for too long, questioned the cleanliness of their drinking water. Like all problems, the sooner you address them the more cost effective they are to mitigate. That is what we must do here.”
According to Stec, the task force will identify which municipalities and water districts are most in need of funding for improvement projects, which emerging contaminants and other pollutants are present and have the potential to impact the state’s water supply.
New, stricter water management standards to ensure the health and safety of New York’s residents are expected to be proposed as a result of the Task Force’s work.
The task force will conduct several regional forums aimed at collecting input from stakeholders, including environmental experts, municipal representatives and community members.
Once the forums are concluded, a report including a summary of findings and targeted solutions will be generated and brought to the Legislature.