NYSDEC: Reject permit to discharge 17,000 gpd wastewater in Halfway Brook, Eldred, NY

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A DEC draft permit (SPDES ID #0281239) is pending approval by the NYSDEC with a request by the applicant, The Eldred Preserve, to allow surface discharge of 17,000 gallons per day (gpd) of treated wastewater for a new luxury resort complex under construction at 1040 State Route 55, Eldred, NY into Halfway Brook.  

The redevelopment plan for the new "Eldred Preserve" includes a 4,000 sq. ft. bar/restaurant, 28 lodging units in nine buildings and a 2,4000 sq. ft. event space, with a potential demand that far exceeds the aged and antiquated septic system of the previous resort. 

We ask the NYSDEC to reject the permit application as inadequate and require the applicant to adopt a non-discharge alternative plan with contained treatment so as to protect the water quality, wildlife habitats and health of numerous downstream communities and adjacent wetlands.

Halfway Brook is a Delaware River tributary and part of the Delaware River Basin Outstanding Basin Waters Special Protection Waters Program. Sewage dumps at Halfway Brook would have a direct negative impact on the Delaware River and its outstanding water quality, wildlife habitats, scenic and recreational activities, such as fishing, swimming and boating that are vital to the area's residential communities and local businesses.

Environmental integrity and sustainability should be given top priority for all development in Sullivan County, New York.

Note: The Eldred Preserve Developers have recently announced a delay in opening until 2020.