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Good news for the Lower Esopus


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today notified the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) that it must include the Lower Esopus Creek on its 2012 List of Impaired Waters. This decision is significant because the listing of the Lower Esopus will impose a legal obligation on the DEC to take action to address turbidity levels in the Creek.

Riverkeeper initially sought such a listing in a September 2011 petition to DEC. The release of highly turbid, muddy water from the Ashokan Reservoir continues to impair water quality in the Lower Esopus.

Riverkeeper encouraged its members and, working with local partners in Ulster County, the public to support the EPA’s September 2012 proposal to require the listing of the Lower Esopus as impaired. Hundreds sent comments in support of this decision.

EPA Esopus Listing Letter
Esopus Listing Fact Sheet
Esopus Listing Response Summary

  • Sandra

    What has happened since this ruling? I know that the NYC EPA was fined, but is the Espous going to be dredged?? We are still getting flooded in Ulster township and my retaining wall is all but destroyed and I have lost 20-25 feet of my yard on Brigham Lane in Lake Katrine. Who is going to pay for that, what is the money the EPA had to pay going to if the creek stilll hasn’t been dredged and me & my neighbors are all loosing land and still paying high taxes. Not to mention since we don’t have city water on this side of the Esopus, our well water likely polluted.

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