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Details of NYC's upstate reservoir deal released

October 4, 2013
Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York regulators have released details of an agreement with New York City to reduce muddy discharges from the city's upstate water supply system and invest about $3.4 million in environmental improvement projects in its Catskills watershed.

Local officials had been pressing for the details ahead of a Nov. 15 deadline for comment on extension of the city's right to draw water from the reservoir system without an expensive treatment plant.

The consent order announced last month came after years of conflict between the city, people in the towns along the lower Esopus Creek and environmental groups. It makes changes in the management of water releases from the Ashokan Reservoir.

Ulster County Executive Mike Hein says Friday experts and the public can now study the plan. The order is posted on the state Department of Environmental Conservation website.





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