Groups Aim to Protect Bath Drinking Water

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Two environmental groups are holding a forum next week hoping to raise awareness of drinking water around Bath.

The Bath Peace and Justice Group along with the Finger Lakes Group of the Sierra Club will show how a groundwater system works and how contamination can impact the aquifer.

Of particular concern for the groups is the now-closed Philips Lighting plant, claiming pollutants dumped into wetlands near the plant have leached into the “Bath valley-fill” aquifer which impacts ground water.

There are 18 primary aquifers across New York state.

“Three of those 18 aquifers are here in Steuben County,” Rachel Treichler, member of the Bath Peach and Justice Group, said. “There’s the Bath area aquifer, the upper Cohocton aquifer, and the Corning aquifer. We feel it’s important to protect our drinking water supplies and to understand how they work.”

A retired United States Geological Survey Hydrogeologist is the featured speaker.

The program is next Wednesday, May 3 at the Bath Fire Hall at 7:00 P.M. It’s free and open to the public. 

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