Sloatsburg in the Crosshairs

Proposed Development within
a 3.5 mile radius of Sloatsburg, NY
(as of May 2007)

If you live in the area, prepare yourself for the following changes. You will have 14,000+ new neighbors and an increase in traffic by a little over 7,000 new cars on the road. The newcomers will draw down local water resources by an additional 1 to 1.5 million gallons per day. That's about the same amount Suffern's private water company pumps daily to provide for its entire village. And the waste water generated in the new projects will be somewhere between 1 to 2 million gallons per day. The chart below itemizes the impact and provides locations.

Key:
Waste water generation flows estimate = 300 gpd/unit
Water demand estimate = 250 gpd/unit
(gpd--gallons per day)

Traffic = 2 vehicles/unit

Italicized numbers are calculated on PER PERSON values
132 gpd (waste water) and 110 gpd (water demand)

Name Location # Units Density Population Waste Water
(gpd)
Water Demand
(gpd)
Traffic
(vehicles)
1) Diamond Valley Ramapo, Rockland
Sterling Mine Road, near Orange/Rockland border
25 3.47 87 7,500
11,451
6,250
9,543
50
2) Eagle Valley
    Subdivision
Sloatsburg, Rockland
Eagle Valley Road, near Orange County border
116 3.47 403 33,000
53,133
27,500
44,277
232
3) Formerly Oakbrook
    Shopping Center
Sloatsburg, Rockland
Route 17 and Eagle Valley Road
30 2 60 15,000
7,920
11,000
6,600
390
4) Hidden Valley Sloatsburg, Rockland
Route 17
300 3.47 1,041 90,000
137,412
75,000
114,510
600
5) Lorterdan Unincorporated Ramapo, Rockland
Sterling Mine Road and Eagle Valley Road
292 8 2,336 88,000
308,352
73,000
256,960
584
6) Pierson Lakes Sterlington, Rockland
Sterling Mine Road and Cranberry Road
51 3.47 177 15,300
23,364
12,750
19,470
102
7) Pine Grove Sloatsburg, Rockland
Pine Grove Area
24 3.47 83 7,200
10,993
6,000
9,161
48
8) Rabbinical College Sloatsburg, Rockland
North of Eagle Valley Road
560 8 4,480 168,000
591,360
140,000
492,800
1,120
9) Ramapo Hills Sterlington, Rockland
Route 17, just South of Sterling Mine Road
262 3.47 909 78,600
120,006
65,500
100,005
524
10) Senior Citizen
     Center Housing
Sloatsburg, Rockland
Route 17, North of Rhodes Tavern
100 1 100 30,000
13,200
25,000
11,000
125
11) Sterling Place Tuxedo Park, Orange
Along Route 17 and Warwick Brook
63 3.47 219 18,900
28,857
15,750
24,047
126
12) Turo College Warwick, Orange
Sterling Lake Road, Old Kings College site
190 3.47 659 57,000
87,028
47,500
72,523
380
13) Tuxedo Reserve Tuxedo, Orange
199 Orange Turnpike
1,192 2.7 3,218 440,000
424,829
370,000
354,024
2,384
14) Whispering Valley/
    Liberty Ridge
Sloatsburg, Rockland
Orange Turnpike
90 3.47 312 20,000
41,224
16,500
34,353
180
 

Grand Totals

3,295   14,084 1,072,500
1,921,880
911,220
1,549,273
6,845

One important proposed development not listed on the chart is the Wrightman Plateau project. There might be environmental considerations that will forestall this development, so we have left it off the chart. The data for the project follows:

Wrightman Plateau   Unincorporated Ramapo, Sterling Mine Road and Eagle Valley Rd.
161 units; 3.47 density; 559 population; 48,000 gpd waste water (73,744); 40,250 gpd water demand (61,454); 322 vehicles traffic.

The environmental impact of these combined projects is considerable, and it comes at a time when United Water is scrambling to find new sources just to supply the current population in and around Ramapo, and the sewer system is so overwhelmed 3.4 million gallons of raw sewage have flowed into our streets and waterways from illegal spills from the Rockland County Sewer District #1 in the first four months of this year. The impact of almost 7,000 new cars on and around Route 17 is another problem entirely.

Michael Castelluccio

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