Bethlehem board hears storm-water update

The branding will "let people know that dumping things in the water will end up in the Hudson," he said.

Councilwoman Joann Dawson said the branding was a good idea.

"It's things like that that will help make people more aware and hopefully a little more conscious of things they are dumping and may be thinking about dumping," said Dawson.

Robert Jasinski, a Bethlehem resident and a member of the town's noise ordinance task force, asked about the authority to test water on private property.

"What about private citizens that have no storm-water system along the road, or anything? What is going to be your criteria on them?" Jasinski asked. "Are you going to come knocking on my door and tell me you don't like how the rain is coming off my property?"

Penman responded that testing and enforcement measures would occur only if illicit substances are discovered coming off the property. Cunningham said that new development and construction sites would be the primary targets, but that the town now has the responsibility to test for illicit discharges into the waterways.

The town has updated its Web site, www.townofbethlehem.org, to include septic information and a list of things not to be dumped in water and sewage drains.""

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