Patton Brook feeds into our original drinking water supply, Provides habitat, storm drainage, and natural filtration as water flows through the land. HELP SAVE IT FROM OVERDEVELOPMENT.
Patton Brook is part of the City of Newburgh's watershed, feeding into its original drinking water source: Lake Washington. It is now threatened by the development: 'Shoppes at Union Square', currently being built in the Town of Newburgh. This area of our watershed has been developed to roughly 70% capacity, an amount which severely degrades its ecological functions as wildlife and plant habitat, natural water purification system, and stormwater mitigator.
Despite protests from residents in both the City and Town of Newburgh, and the presence of an underutilized shopping center nearby, the Town of Newburgh Planning Board green-lighted the project.
Thank you to all the community members and our allies, Riverkeeper and Clearwater, who took a stand with us at the Town of Newburgh Planning Meeting in opposition to this overdevelopment and in support of the City of Newburgh's watershed protection.
We will continue to advocate for watershed protection and smart, climate-resilient development.