Here’s another way of looking at that core dump, to get as much as possible from the NY State Division of Environmental Conservation’s files, as I’ve been advocating here and here, among other posts.

Getting ahold of this material, and then getting it onto the web, can allow a lot of people with the right kinds of training to evaluate it.  More resources are necessary, and if I had them I’d sure look at bringing in certain types of specific expertise, in the form of hydrogeologists, geomorphologists, and certain carefully selected environmental attorneys, among others.  The public can and must get involved, but they need backup from various professionals. But who can afford them?  This is one way…get it out there and see if people will be motivated to look, sort of like those who develop free software, just for the sake of doing it, without looking for profit.

This sort of thinking stems in part from the book, The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations,  by James Surowiecki (wiki article here).


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