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DEP to release water from Ashokan to reduce flood potential

NEW YORK – The New York City Department of Environmental Conservation has announced it has begun to release high-quality water from Ashokan Reservoir to achieve the 90 percent storage objective required by the state and to reduce the potential for flooding during the late winter and spring.

After consulting with Ulster County officials, it was determined that the release rate should be increased slowly in order to reduce the risk of ice dams forming along the Lower Esopus Creek.

The releases are being made under a provision of the state-issued Interim Release Protocol that calls for DEP to release when Ashokan Reservoir is projects to be more than 90 percent full between mid-October and mid-March.