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Old 05-11-2015, 01:04 PM
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Default Delaware River Thermal Emergancy!

The below e- from Jeff Skelding, Executive Director of "Friends of the Upper Delaware River - FUDR" almost understates what I and all who have striven to fish the upper Delaware during (on the calendar) peak Hendrickson time over the last few days experienced. Flows at a fraction of normal and healthy and especially water temperatures are at a "no fishing" 74 degrees at Junction Pool (Maples, Bard Parker) on the Delaware and are approaching trout lethal levels. The West Branch at Hale Eddy is flowing at 229 CFS and at the Lordville gauge down the main stem a ways it is 811 CFS which includes the input from the skeletal Beaverkill and gravel bar exposed East Branch. Most professional guides have canceled their bookings for the foreseeable future and many anglers have voluntarily ceased fishing as well to protect the trout. It is imperative we proclaim as loudly as possible the need for an emergency thermal relief release schedule NOW and have a conservation bank in place for future potentially similar situations. Cannonsville Reservoir is currently about 98% full. It is less a concern for current economic loss to the upper Delaware watershed communities and more long-term, far greater impact should the irreplaceable wild trout fishery become lethally affected. S&S

From FUDR:

Low reservoir releases and extremely low river flows combined with sustained high air temperatures are leading to water temperatures that are now problematic in the Upper Delaware Rivers.

This has essentially shut down most river related economic activity, and is hurting our area badly at the beginning of the summer season.

Please call and email the individuals listed below NOW and request an immediate water release that will protect the cold water ecosystem of the Upper Delaware Rivers.

You can also tell them a formalized thermal relief program is needed in the next OST/FFMP to address situations like this one.


Paul Rush (NYCDEP) prush@dep.nyc.gov ph:845-334-7107

Thom Murphy (NYCDEP) tmurphy@dep.nyc.gov ph: 914-742-2006

Mark Klotz (NYSDEC) maklotz@gw.dec.state.ny.us ph:518-402-8233

Fred Hensen (NYSDEC) fghenson@gw.dec.state.ny.us ph: 518-402-8901

Mark Hartle (PAFBC) mhartle.pa.gov ph: 814-359-5133
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Default Re: Delaware River Thermal Emergancy!

Silver: That is a sad situation to hear about, why such low flows when the reservoir is almost full, or am I missing something?
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Default Re: Delaware River Thermal Emergancy!

The great City of New York owns and operates 6 trout stream fed reservoirs in the Catskill Mountains providing it with high quality drinking water which it uses a lot of, 4X as much per capita as Chicago uses from bottomless Lake Michigan. NYC is not Required to provide down-stream flows until scheduled dates and the trout rely on Nature to help them out until June. No rain and 80+ degree temps. are not "normal" in May but that is what we have and the City is loath to give a drop of street washing, toilet flushing water to anybody that they don't have to, especially some non-voting, primitive fish. The wild rainbows have recently finished spawning and I fear the bulk of their redds are already dry. A lost generation and I am now fearing for their parents well being.
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Are they just holding the flows back this year? 80+ degrees isn't unheard of for May... seems as though this would be an annual occurrence, water flows aside.

FWIW - future forecast looks promising... cloudy and cooler.
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