Today New York City announced they will be phasing out the voluntary release program that began on June 1 when the 5 Decree Parties failed to reach agreement on a long-term management plan for the Delaware River basin reservoirs.
The voluntary release program helped the Upper Delaware River escape severe damage through the summer with a lot of help from Mother Nature in the form of cool seasonal temperatures and plenty of rain. The program helped avoid the dangerously low releases called for under “Revision 1”, the antiquated plan that went into effect on June 1.
If a long term plan is not in place by October 10, Revision 1 releases will be reinstated and here’s the bottom line:
Cannonsville: 45 cfs on October 10 and 33 cfs on November 1
Pepacton: 70 cfs on October 10 and 50 cfs on November 1
Neversink: 45 cfs on October 10 and 25 cfs on November 1
In case you can’t visualize these levels, a 45 cfs release from Cannonsville can accurately be characterized as a trickle that will de-water more than half of the upper river.
The ecological and economic impacts of these extremely low releases could be catastrophic to people, communities, and the aquatic habitat of the Upper Delaware River region.
Please contact the Decree Parties NOW. Here’s the message:
Continue the voluntary release program until a long term plan is adopted that is fully protective of the river.
Here’s the contact information for the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court Decree Party Principals/Designees :
Paul Rush (NYC): email@example.com, 845-334-7107
Mark Klotz (NY): firstname.lastname@example.org, 518-402-8233
Jennifer Orr (PA): email@example.com, 717-772-5633
Dan Kennedy (NJ): firstname.lastname@example.org, 609-292-4543
David Wunsch (DE): email@example.com, 302-831-8258