Lakes, ponds, and trails in the Catskill Park’s Bluestone Wild Forest are threatened. Developers want to build a concrete and steel fabrication plant on a parcel of land surrounded by the Bluestone Wild Forest in the Town of Kingston (see map below). The proposed fabrication plant would be located at 850 Route 28 is adjacent to Onteora Lake, Pickerel Pond, and immediately east of the Ashokan Reservoir and the Ashokan Rail Trail. Some of the impacts from the proposed plant include increased noise and industrial traffic levels in the area, visual impacts, and impacts to the aquifer and Pickerel Pond from water withdrawals.
Last year ADK, ADK’s Mid-Hudson Chapter, and other members of a coalition headed by Catskill Mountainkeeper, the Open Space Institute, and the Woodstock Land Conservancy answered a call to send in comment letters to the Town of Kingston Planning Board about the project. We asked the board to rescind their opinion that the plant would not have an environmental impact (a negative declaration) and to require a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project proposal.
Letters and voices of the coalition on petitions and in hearings convinced the planning board to rescind the negative declaration, but we need your help to make sure a full environmental analysis is completed.
Please take action to ensure the environmental impacts of this project are addressed.