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Courtsy of the NYDEP:


City Plans to Reopen Reservoirs for Fishing
No Boats at Kensico or New Croton Reservoirs

Commissioner Joel A. Miele Sr., P.E., of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today that the agency will reopen the New York City reservoirs to fishing on April 1 under its new Public Access Permit system. In response to the terrorist attacks of September 11th, all City-owned watershed properties were closed to the public and individual recreational permits suspended as a security precaution.

In January, the City introduced a new system of Public Access Permits that replaced previously issued fishing, hiking and hunting permits. Under the new system, all current permit holders - anglers, rowboaters, hikers and hunters alike - must acquire the new permit that will allow for access to designated, City-owned properties in the watershed when they are reopened.

"While we are planning to reopen the reservoirs on April 1," said Commissioner Miele, "we continue to have security concerns. Accordingly, the use of boats will continue to be prohibited at the Kensico and New Croton Reservoirs, for the foreseeable future, although fishing from the shorelines will be permitted. This recent decision was made as part of an ongoing security review with federal and State authorities. It is part of a comprehensive security program for the water supply that will continue to be developed and refined in the months to come."
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