A for-profit company is pushing a devastating proposal to build a massive dam, reservoir, and hydro-electric power plant within the Catskill Forest Preserve.
Hydropower and This Proposal
While hydro-electric power represents an important piece of our country’s green-energy future, Premium Energy LLC’s proposal is deeply flawed—and we must fight it.
Proposal Red Flags:
The project site is inside of Catskill Forest Preserve, and would destroy highly preserved forests, wildlife, and stream ecology.
Risks to Water Supply
The project would increase turbidity and pollution in the protected Ashokan Reservoir, which supplies 40% of NYC’s drinking water.
Private property would be taken by eminent domain—a process that already displaced thousands in this area when the Ashokan Reservoir was built.
The Coalition to Save Catskills Preserve is a newly formed network composed of a growing number of citizens and community groups dedicated to protecting The Catskill Forest Preserve. We are united by our devotion to the environment, wildlife, recreation, and cultural heritage that’s unique to this region, and by our mission to protect the ecology and history of Catskills Forest Preserve from misguided and inappropriate exploitation of our natural resources.
About our Coalition
We are a group of citizens and friends of the Catskill Mountains. We formed the Coalition to Save Catskills Preserve as a grassroots organization because we love this region, and we refuse to let a for-profit, California-based company damage our forests, threaten our wildlife, and devastate our communities.