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FOR THOSE OF US MONITORING CROTON RIVER/ADDITIONAL WATERSHED ISSUES ETC., A WORD FROM THE NYC DEP-- Thank you Bob Anderson for the info.
Dear DEP Recreational Users: As we monitor and respond to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, DEP wanted to provide an update on the recreational use of our lands and reservoirs in the watershed. At this time, DEP's recreation lands, trails and fishing areas remain open for the public to enjoy. If you venture outdoors, please remember to maintain a physical distance from others, wash your hands, and sterilize frequently touched surfaces. Please be sure to follow all other national, state and local guidelines as they pertain to controlling the spread of the virus.
DEP and its employees play a critical role in the response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Our employees continue to treat and monitor the drinking water that 9.6 million people use to wash their hands, maintain a sterile environment, and care for people afflicted by the virus.
As we sharpen our focus on those essential tasks, other parts of our work in the watershed will be temporarily suspended to protect the health of our employees and the public. Please note the following changes:
1) All DEP offices in the watershed will be closed to the public until further notice.
2) Our boat offices will also be closed. We will not be steam cleaning fishing boats or allowing new fishing boats on the reservoirs until further notice.
3) The processing of new boat tags or renewals will be delayed, along with paper applications for a DEP Access Permit. For access permits only, consider using our online system at www.nyc.gov/dep/accesspermit.
4) The portable restroom facilities at the Ashokan Rail Trail and Ashokan Promenade will be closed until further notice. Please respect Ashokan Reservoir as a critical source of drinking water for your neighbors in Ulster County and NYC.
If you need more information on NYC DEP watershed recreational areas during this time, we encourage you to visit the online RecMapper at www.nyc.gov/dep/recmapper. Also, please email Recreation@dep.nyc.gov with questions for the quickest response.