Pay to protect environment
To the editor:
The “Comptroller questions if DEC funding is enough” article indicates, maybe, elected government officials recognize the lack of capital resources available for environmental restoration of polluted land and water resources and preservation of our natural areas.
The use of Department of Defense funds to improve the education and training by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in partnership with the engineer battalions of the state Army Reserves National Guard and the state national guards, can improve our land and water resources with flood control and pollution control projects. The utilization of the USACE Leadership Development Program can enhance Defense Civilian Training for skill development and apprenticeships to construct environmental preservation and restoration projects. The variety of water bodies requiring clean water resource restoration within the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway Basin are all in need of assessment to control pollution. I hope the number of government officials agreeing with DiNapoli will increase.