Explore the NYC Watershed

Posted on: July 23rd, 2018 by Leslie_Zucker

AWSM­P’s Stream Access & Recre­ation Work­ing Group recent­ly learned more about New York City Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion (DEP) efforts to expand pub­lic access to City owned prop­er­ties in the NYC water sup­ply water­shed. The reser­voirs and lands in the water sup­ply now include more than 133,000 acres open to the pub­lic for fish­ing, hik­ing, hunt­ing and oth­er recre­ation. Here are links to more infor­ma­tion on explor­ing the watershed:

Out­door Events — DEP hosts events each year to help water­shed res­i­dents and vis­i­tors explore scenic des­ti­na­tions.  Vis­it www.nyc.gov/DEP or fol­low Facebook.com/NYCWatershed for pub­lic event times, loca­tions, and sched­ule through­out the year.

Day Use Areas — Day Use Areas offer recre­ation­al oppor­tu­ni­ties like hik­ing, bicy­cling, cross-coun­try ski­ing, snow­shoe­ing, and in-line skat­ing with­out the need of a DEP Access Per­mit. Three road­ways closed after the 911 attacks are now open as Day Use Areas. The Ashokan Day Use Area is 55 acres in the Town of Olive and fea­tures walk­ways and pic­nic areas. The 2.7‑mile prom­e­nade along the Ashokan Reser­voir’s south­ern shore fea­tures unri­valed views of the reser­voir and Catskill Moun­tains. More infor­ma­tion on Day Use Areas can be found at www.nyc.gov/dep/recreation.

Find­ing a Prop­er­ty — DEP has released an inter­ac­tive map for find­ing more than 400 prop­er­ties open to recre­ation on water sup­ply lands and reser­voirs. The map links to angler maps, hik­ing trails, boat launch sites and more. See the RecMap­per at www.nyc.gov/dep/recmap.

Boat­ing on NYC Reser­voirs — Restrict­ed boat access is avail­able on the Can­nonsville, Nev­ersink, Pepacton, and Schoharie reser­voirs. Cer­tain non-motor­ized boats are allowed and must be steam cleaned by approved ven­dors and receive a boat tag before being placed on the reser­voir. 17 launch sites are avail­able with vehi­cle park­ing and hand-launch­ing. Approved ven­dors offer boat rentals near the reser­voirs. For more infor­ma­tion, go to www.cwconline.org.

Pub­lic hear­ings on pro­posed changes to NYC DEP recre­ation rules on City owned prop­er­ty will be held July 24 and July 26 at water­shed loca­tions.