Dragon Springs Development - Neversink River Threat
Dragon Buddhist Inc is proposing to dam a headwater stream, destroy headwater wetlands, create acres of impervious cover and runoff, that would adversely impact the Basher Kill and the Neversink River. This development has already damaged the aesthetics and quality of the Basher Kill and the Neversink River, impacting fish, mussels and other aquatic life that are both ecologically and recreationally important to the region. The Basher Kill and Neversink River are important recreational resources supporting highly valued swimming and fishing opportunities for both residents and visitors.
Action Opportunity -- Please attend the April 10, 7 pm hearing to learn more and stand in support of protecting our environment and communities, including the Basher Kill and Neversink River. Come listen, testify, and/or show your support for environmental protection by wearing one of the environmental protection stickers we will have available. Get all the details here in our printable/shareable action alert. And please help spread the word.
One of the biggest threatened impacts is the proposal to dam a headwater stream in order to manage stormwater runoff. An extensive forested headwater wetland with amazing ecological biodiversity and ecosystem function lost.
Another significant impact that would result from the development as proposed are stormwater impacts to the soils, streams, and riparian corridor on-site and in the downstream receiving areas. The total size of new and expanded impervious surfaces, including new buildings, a very large (many-acre footprint) parking garage, covered roadways, and an expanded road network, will create large volumes of stormwater runoff in a high topographic relief area. These added volumes of stormwater runoff will exacerbate existing stormwater impacts from the current development footprint that have been documented with numerous violations and which have already caused water quality impacts and impairments.
The potential impacts include groundwater resources. Based on the sizing of the proposed wastewater treatment plant, the total demand from on-site wells is expected to be upwards of 100,000 gallons per day. Such a large demand in a headwater setting could cause impacts to the groundwater resources, and thus impacts to both overall water supply in the area as well as additional impacts to surface water resources normally fed by these groundwater resources.
A number of state and federally listed Threatened and Endangered species are also located on-site or in areas affected by on-site activities. Among the biggest impacts that need to be evaluated are the water quality impacts to the Dwarf Wedgemussel and the Brook Floater. In particular, existing on-site practices have already led to serious violations of turbidity standards and impacts to these sensitive freshwater mussel species in downstream receiving waters. Although a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan is required, additional actions must be included to prevent any further water quality impacts to these sensitive mussel populations.
The Delaware Riverkeeper Network is actively working with concerned residents and local organizations to address this major threat.