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When The Levee Breaks
Senator Chuck Schumer is gushing with outrage over new federal regulations he claims will force New York City to replace more than 1,000 fire hydrants and spend more than $1 million to replace them.
In a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency today, Mr. Schumer asked for a delay of a recently-announced requirement demanding reduced lead levels in fire hydrants–just in case they’re ever used for drinking water.
With the combined effects of the surge from Hurricane Sandy and high tide, the Gowanus Canal broke its banks this morning in multiple locations and flooded over many of the streets in mandatory evacuation Zone A along its shores. The Observer was on hand to take pictures of the waters. It was far worse than anything we witnessed with the initial Sandy surge at high tide last night.
For those of us who worked closely with environmental professionals during the eight years of the Bush Administration, we know that it was a time of declining resources and reduced political support for environmental regulation. It was demoralizing and more than a little scary. Last weekend an excellent piece of environmental reporting by the New Read More
With all the furor over the economy, congestion pricing and the philandering ways of New York’s governors, we forget sometimes that we are actually capable of acting like a real community and building for the future. I say sometimes, because, while this city has a magnificent system for delivering fresh water to its people, it Read More