30 Mar '12, 4pm

Green Blog: Upstate vs. Downstate: A Slow Boil Over Water Issues

Upstate vs. Downstate: A Slow Boil Over Water Issues By MIREYA NAVARRO Tony Cenicola/The New York Times Sediment has been discharged into the 34-mile-long Lower Esopus Creek in Ulster County to keep a reservoir that supplies New York City’s drinking water clean. As I report in The Times , upstate-downstate tensions have soared over New York City’s management of the watershed that supplies drinking water to its residents. Despite a landmark 1997 agreement between the city and local governments to smooth problems over and create partnerships, people all around the Catskills and up and down the Delaware River are complaining about high reservoir levels that they say worsen flooding during storms. More recently, the muddying of Lower Esopus Creek , a popular waterway in Ulster County, as a result of releases of turbid water from the city’s reservoirs has led local officials to...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/30/upstate-vs-down...

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