continued He said the committee is interested in the quality of the storm water entering into the watershed, safety of the railroad operating near the water plant and effects of adjacent communities releasing wastewater into the subsoil.
“They’re all very tentative issues that we need very formal advice on,” he said.
One of the greatest concerns, he added, is management of the Erie Barge Canal. He commented on how during recent flooding, woody debris collected in the dams, which resulted in water going around blockages and carving out sections of land.
“It is certainly the most impactful flood in terms of general damage to the system in the history of the canal. This has been the most brutal and bruising in the canal’s history,” George said. “It is so important that we do a good job, because I think … the future of our region depends on having good water quality.”
The print version of this story appearing in the Jan. 12 edition of The Schenectady County Spotlight inaccurately credited Town Comptroller George Phillips' quote to Town Planner Kevin Corcoran. The Spotlight regrets this error and apologizes for any confusion it may have caused.