After Contaminating Newburgh’s Water, Department of Defense finally Starts Clean up Process

Ophra lives in Newburgh, and has become an advocate on the issue of what is supposed to be a basic given right in America, our water.

One of the first things Ophra said to me is her battle for clean drinkable water is not just for her family, but for generations to come. Newburgh’s water supply has been shut down for 2 and a half years. Contaminated by the Air National Guard at nearby Stewart Air Force Base. Newburgh pays the City of New York, about two hours away, $170,000 a month for water. Ophra is part of a volunteer group titled the Newburgh Clean Water Project. She said:

“How frustrated have you been over the last 2 and a half years.” -Political Anchor and Reporter Dominic Carter

Newburgh NY Resident Ophra Wolf, her husband (Brown Jacket) and Dan Shapley of Riverkeepers

“Have you and your husband been afraid to use your water at home?”

“There is a lot of concern because there are also people in the City of Newburgh who can’t afford to go out and buy a filter.” -Ophra Wolf

“A lot of people in the City of Newburgh that don’t even know how badly they need one.” -Ophra Wolf

The Department of Defense recently met with community residents and will now install a filter system.

This is a quick fix to stop the pollution from leaving the base.

Perhaps because I’m an optimist by nature. I thought about the problem being over. I asked my next question to Dan this way:

“So it’s possible…conceivable, that they might be able to solve the problem?”



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Dominic Carter

Dominic Carter

Dominic Carter is a TV Political Commentator and WABC Talk Radio host in NY. Dominic is a Keynote Speaker on Children issues, Foster Care, and Mental Illness.