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Ice may move when lower flows begin

Ice on the creek that has formed over a high volume flow might be going through some adjustments when lower flows begin.

Beginning at 1pm on Friday January 28, 2011, the high-volume flows from the Ashokan Release Channel switched from the turbid West Basin to begin releasing cleaner water from the East Basin. This will continue for three days to help flush out turbidity from the Lower Esopus Creek, after which lower flows are expected. As water levels drop, the creek ice is expected to readjust, which may cause cracking and ice instability.

The clear water flush of the creek is a short term solution, but it is a first step to having clean water releases for stream health. This will need to be followed up with monitoring to understanding the harm done to the Lower Esopus Creek and downstream communities by the prolonged, high-concentration turbid water releases from the West Basin of the Ashokan Reservoir.

See NYC DEP press release: Statement from NYC Environmental Protection Commissioner Cas Holloway On End of Turbid Water Releases from the Ashokan Reservoir.

Ulster County Exec shares views on DEP pollution

Ulster County Executive Michael Hein’s office released an Issue Brief which outlines the County Executive’s position on NYC DEP’s pollution of the Lower Esopus. The Brief provides a helpful summary of the turbidity issue and a course of action to correct the issue. In the Brief, the County Exec insists that the NYC DEP must:

  • Stop releases immediately.
  • Develop clear water flood mitigation strategies.
  • Rescind all decisions that led to the strategy of sending polluted water down the Esopus.
  • Conduct studies involving all parties and consider all alternatives.
  • Institute low-flow releases in accordance with New York State law.
  • Download entire Issue Brief here:

      UC Esopus Brief.pdf (650.8 KiB, 578 hits)
    Issue Brief from Ulster County Executive Hein on the NYC DEP Pollution of the Lower Esopus