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Some fear flooding not worth gamble on Alco site

Development would be within flood plain

The former American Locomotive Co. site is seen from across the Mohawk River in Scotia.
The former American Locomotive Co. site is seen from across the Mohawk River in Scotia.
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The Mohawk Harbor development — which would be next to the proposed casino — is still a long way from getting a permit for construction. The new harbor, a cutout of land next to the river on the former American Locomotive Company property, requires a special permit from the Army Corps of Engineers. They’re reviewing the plans closely, they said. “It involves more than minimal impact,” said 1st Vice Chair Brad Sherwood of the Army ...


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hodgkins.t
June 15, 2014
12:30 a.m.

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If they insist on building on a flood plain, in an increasingly flooded region due to global warming, will they refuse to take public money for flood damage?
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The US EPA has this to say about NE future weather:
" The combination of a projected increase in heavy precipitation and likely sea level rise may lead to more frequent, damaging floods in the Northeast.
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Overall, the amount of precipitation throughout the Northeast is projected to increase. Less winter precipitation falling as snow will likely increase the number and impact of flooding events. Sea level rise, storm surges, erosion, and the destruction of important coastal ecosystems will likely contribute to an increase in coastal flooding events, including the frequency of current "100-year flood" levels (severe flood levels with a one-in-100 likelihood of occurring in any given year). By the end of the century, New York City may experience a 100-year flood every 10 to 22 years, on average. "
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http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/impacts...
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Justifying building on a flood plain based on 1830 weather patterns is illogical because it is quite uncontroversial that this region's climate has changed significantly over the past 200 years. Optimal development for the next 200 years along our beautiful river is definitely an interesting question for the scientists.

joycemadre
June 15, 2014
8:37 a.m.

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Hey Gil! "that's nonsense" well how does the Union Inn get flooded then every time it rains??!! Maybe the lack of drainage system for the construction next door?! You are doing so much research here and for so many other projects why aren't you and others in the city stepping up for the Union Inn issue? I certainly reached out to you ! Because you know why! and maybe that property has an agenda to someone??!!

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