Stephanie Perez


Every day millions of New Yorkers drink the water from the reservoirs of the Hudson Valley. The water from these reservoirs, however, is dangerously contaminated with pathogens such as giardia and cryptosporidium. The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has undertaken measures to correct this problem and prevent further contamination by proposing revised watershed regulations. These proposed regulations, in effect, regulate the way that upstate landowners, whose property is located in a watershed, may use their land. Although the purpose of the proposed regulations is to protect the watersheds, the source of the New York City drinking water, it can only be achieved at the expense of regulating upstate landowners. This article explores the proposed regulations and potential effects it may have on the upstate landowners.