Pepacton Reservoir, pictured here, is 51.2 % full. The other Delaware River reservoirs in the New York City water supply system are Cannonsville — at 21.8% of capacity, and Neversink — at 57.9 %. Visit this link for daily updates. Photo by Adam Bosch/NYCDEP
Here's news about the drought (yes, it's still continuing), plus information about eutrophication in the Delaware Bay, and a new atlas that reports river conditions from Hancock to Trenton.
Drought still continuing
Yes, we've had rain. YAY! But it's still not enough to lift the basin-wide drought warning status.
I'm going to call on the expertise of Clark Rupert, communications manager at the Delaware River Basin Commission, to explain the careful parameters of the drought call:
Under the operative plan, unless the commission with the unanimous consent of the decree parties provides otherwise, the current drought operations will terminate upon:
the date when combined storage in the three NYC-Delaware Basin reservoirs (including the projected water runoff equivalent of actual snow and ice within the watersheds tributary to the reservoirs) reaches a level 15 billion gallons above the drought watch line and remains above that level for five consecutive days
Delaware River Basin
drought watch status declared
It's official: the Delaware River basin has reached Drought Watch stage, the first of several alert levels to promote water conservation, protect reservoir capacity and fight back the salt line creeping upstream and threatening Philadelphia's water supply.
This graphic tells the story:
A small tribe of river cleaner-uppers will tackle the Delaware River from Barryville south to Pond Eddy, N.Y., as part of the 27th Annual Kittatinny Canoe River Clean Up. They are Cassidy Reice, Lilia Kaczmarzyk, Braden Cays, Donna Cays, Adam Kaczmarzyk, Danuta Nowicka, Dominique Pappa and Becky Jo Baker. Video by Meg McGuire
Listen to some of the many volunteers who made both days of the 27th Annual Kittatinny Canoe Clean On and Under the Delaware River a great success – from as near as Sandyston, N.J. and as far away as Sitka, Alaska (yep, Alaska!). Video by Meg McGuire
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Amazing weather for November, it looks more like October. But if you notice the many little wrinkles on the surface of the river, you’ll see how shallow the river is. Photo by Meg McGuire
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