Skoufis’ Bill to Make Well Water Reports More Transparent Passes Assembly

May 23, 2018

Assemblyman James Skoufis (D-Woodbury) announced that legislation he authored requiring the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to publish online reports regarding well water monitoring passed the Assembly (A.9833). He introduced the legislation in the weeks leading up to the activation of the Kiryas Joel-owned well in Mountainville.

“Every New Yorker has a right to know where their water is coming from and whether it’s at risk,” said Skoufis. “The DEC monitors public water supplies and keeps track of this information so it only makes sense that it be easily accessible and viewable for local residents to see. The Kiryas Joel-owned well in Mountainville has understandably triggered significant concern to my affected neighbors in Cornwall and Woodbury. This legislation will ensure the DEC is held accountable and let people know whether to have peace of mind or cause for alarm.”

Skoufis’ bill requires the DEC to regularly post water monitoring reports to its website for any public water supply it issues a permit for. Currently, this information is not readily accessible on the DEC’s website; the legislation ensures that the reports are easily available to the public.

“When anyone starts tapping into a water supply, residents have a right to know where the water is going and what’s at stake,” said Dick Randazzo, Cornwall Town Supervisor. “We need up-to-date information to keep track of our aquifer levels and know what issues may come up down the line. Assemblyman Skoufis’ legislation does just that and will be extremely helpful to us here in Cornwall.”

The legislation awaits action in the State Senate. Skoufis is calling on the Senate to take up the important measure so that the bill can become law as quickly as possible.