A 200-kilometer mega-marathon relay race fundraiser starting in Brooklyn and ending in the Catskills kicks off this week.
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.