January 2016: Agribusiness

Orleans needs a new clean water supply

Matteson_JayWPeople’s lives and businesses in Orleans near Collins Landing are suffering because of a water pollution problem. An underground salt contamination plume is affecting many local residents. They are using water contaminated with salt, and possibly arsenic and other metals, to bathe in and clean with. No one should consume it or use it to cook. Our largest farm winery, Thousand Islands Winery on Seaway Avenue, is in the middle of the contamination plume. It does not use the groundwater for wine-making. Instead, it uses 5-gallon jugs of clean water paid for by the New York State Department of Transportation, to make wine. This is a very labor intensive problem. [Read more…]

Orleans supervisor to Russell: Get facts straight on water project

Town Supervisor Kevin R. Rarick stands outside the state Department of Transportation’s salt-storage barn on Route 12 in Collins Landing. Town officials say a funding gap of about $2.3 million in grant funding needs to be filled to break ground on a $12.3 million project, which is needed to address widespread groundwater contamination reportedly caused by the storage barn. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

Town Supervisor Kevin R. Rarick stands outside the state Department of Transportation’s salt-storage barn on Route 12 in Collins Landing. Town officials say a funding gap of about $2.3 million in grant funding needs to be filled to break ground on a $12.3 million project, which is needed to address widespread groundwater contamination reportedly caused by the storage barn. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

COLLINS LANDING — Though state Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell has complained the “goal post keeps moving” on the cost of an Orleans water project to address salt contamination, the town supervisor says the legislator hasn’t taken the time to understand the facts. [Read more…]