It's very sad how the Esopus Creek has been used recently. I wouldn't even want to launch my pretty white boat in the gunk, let alone swim at the beach anymore. Sure hope the situation is permantly remedied.
The kiwanisicearena.com is a good alternative to skating on the creek. Very reasonable rates for skating & skate rental $3. Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10:15-1:30 is only $4 for seniors.
--- en On Sat, 1/29/11, Kelly Myers <yakracer@...> wrote:
From: Kelly Myers <yakracer@...>
Subject: Esopus Creek: ICE ALERT !
Date: Saturday, January 29, 2011, 4:57 PM
WHEN THE DEP STOPS HIGH FLOW WATER RELEASES ON SUNDAY/MONDAY- THERE WILL BE A SIGNIFICANT GAP BETWEEN THE HEIGHT OF THE ICE CAP AND THE SURFACE OF THE CREEK WATER. THIS WILL CAUSE DANGEROUS ICE CONDITIONS ON THE ESOPUS CREEK. PLEASE AVOID THE ICE UNTIL IT SETTLES AND IS SAFE. DO NOT TAKE HEAVY EQUIPMENT OUT ONTO THE ICE-- NO SNOWMOBILES, NO ATV'S, NO MOTORCYCLES, NO SNOWBLOWERS, NO SKATING PARTIES. please forward this message to friends and neighbors.
Below is a message sent by DEP about Esopus Creek water flow changes:
Beginning at 1pm on Friday January 28, 2011 the High Flows from the Release Channel switched from the turbid west basins waters and began releasing water from the lower east basin settled cleaner waters. This will continue for Three Days at which point the Channel will continue to have flow at around 50 MGD from the Lower East Basin settled clearer waters.
This is still a short term solution but it is a very bold first step to having clear water releases and a more serious understanding of the harm done to the Lower Esopus Community and Creek with the high concentration and very long duration of turbid water releases from the Upper West Basin of the Ashokan Reservoir.
Be aware that the ice that has formed over a high volume flow might be going through some adjusted when lower flows begin.
LEWP Mission Statement:
Foster appreciation and stewardship of the Lower Esopus Watershed through a variety of partnerships to:
enhance water quality and stream function; promote floodplain management; support ecosystem health and diversity; and encourage compatible
agricultural, cultural, economic, municipal, and recreational activities.