At their heaviest, the water discharges can stir up sediment and turn the creek brown, spoiling trout fishing and bothering farmers who use the water for irrigation.
There was a roll of the dice up in the Catskills on Monday night as the State of New York tried to fashion a new casino deal for the blighted region. Many are betting on it.
The Catskills used to be a prime vacation spot for New Yorkers, just 90 miles north of the City, but all of the major resort hotels have been torn down.
Governor Paterson is expected to make a major announcement Monday on a proposed casino in the Catskills, and if Washington gets in on the game, a casino could open as soon as 2012.