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For those that might not be aware:


Bureau of Water Supply
Natural Resources Division

Public Notice: Increased Water Release to Croton River

Dear DEP Access Permit Holder:

In early September, the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will begin to draw down water levels in the New Croton Reservoir to allow for routine operational inspections of the New Croton Dam and spillway. As DEP begins lowering the water level of the reservoir, there will be significant increases in the flow of water into the Croton River. The release from the reservoir will increase from the current 5.5 million gallons a day (MGD) and may be as high as 405 MGD, significantly increasing the flow of the river and requiring additional cautions for recreational activities.

Members of the public should be extra cautious while the increased water is released into the river. Activities such as wade fishing and kayaking are discouraged, as the fluctuating flow in the river could make them unsafe. DEP will initiate the increased release starting on or about September 6th and continuing until approximately September 27th.

To ensure public safety, DEP has shared this information with local government officials and public safety organizations. We've also shared this information directly with the public through social media and messages like this one. DEP will also post signs at parks, beaches, boat launch sites, and other points of public access along the Croton River before the increased releases begin. We hope you will share this information with others who recreate along the Croton River downstream of the dam.

DEP Website | Watershed Protection | Watershed Recreation | Natural Resources | Email Us

For recreation questions call 1-800-575-LAND (5263)
email: [email protected]

For dangerous or suspicious activity call 1-888-H2O-SHED (426-7433)

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