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Sunday, May 31, 2020


What the hill in Hurleyville?

Jun 19, 2015

To the editor:
When my husband and I moved our young family to the humble hamlet of Hurleyville in 1984 we were looking for privacy and water. We found both in Hurleyville which is nestled in a valley at the foot of Columbia Hill. In addition to our underground stream offering pure fresh water, Hurleyville is surrounded by pristine wetlands, streams, ponds and lakes throughout the entire area. The community has been committed to protecting our water, our safe waste removal systems, and our flora and fauna of the woodland. The recent upgrade of the rails to trails allows everyone who visits our area the opportunity to enjoy this bucolic bliss due to preservation of our natural environment.
At a recent community meeting at the Hurleyville Firehouse on June 1, the residents of the town were informed that we were being threatened by a mega development that was three times the size of our entire 12747 zip code. This development, however, was in the Town of Thompson, above Hurleyville, but it would directly impact our water table, the waste system and our wetlands due to the flow of the downhill water from Columbia Hill. This huge development could compromise every well and therefore every home, whether it be a private well or Town of Fallsburg water, not to mention the threat to all the wildlife, ponds, streams and wetlands.
The good news is that there is a group that formed called the Columbia Hill Neighborhood Alliance to notify the community of all the ways this huge housing development could negatively impact our neighborhoods. The website is called I am hoping people will look at the website and the links to Catskill Mountainkeeper, Hurleyville History, and more. This is a true grassroots effort to encourage responsible development that does not harm the water, wetlands, and wonderland of our community.
The next meeting will be June 22 at the MobileMedic building, Main Street, Hurleyville. This could happen to any community, so please educate yourself about what could happen to your home if the water is not protected and preserved.

Evelyn and Dennis Raymond

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