"Whether as a consequence of uncertainty in terms of traditional land uses
going forward or simply the need to secure alternative income streams, landowners, managers and occupiers of rural Scotland are increasingly looking at diversification away from traditional land uses
These initiatives offer increased attention and funding to help communities deal with growth, sprawl, and open space as well as maintain the economic viability of traditional land uses
, such as farms and nonindustrial private forests.
First Nations took legal action, but their concerns over this project's potential impact on traditional land uses
were completely ignored by the government.
Simply put, the plan frees New York City from filtering water from the watershed, provided it can otherwise meet 66 EPA "filtration avoidance criteria." In return, Catskills communities and landowners - under threat of drastic regulatory control of development and resource use - get a pot of badly needed gold to help pay for programs designed to simultaneously protect water quality and shore up traditional land uses
. The City will spend $550 million to improve water quality in dozens of watershed communities, such as upgrading more than 100 aging sewage treatment plants and repairing or replacing failing septic systems.