A man’s body was found 70 feet below the surface in a northwest New Jersey reservoir Monday after a boat sank, according to published reports.
New York City has a special police force that operates only outside the five boroughs. The officers are tasked with protecting the city’s drinking water at upstate reservoirs.
The three-week DEP project will install at least one of two planned “siphons,” steel pipes that will be used to draw water out of the Gilboa Dam reservoir.
The storm is forecast to linger for 36 hours, according to experts. The prolonged event means high tides will complicate the effects of the storm.
City environmental officials this summer began allowing small boats on the Neversink, Pepacton, Schoharie, and Cannonsville reservoirs as long as the boats were steam cleaned to protect the drinking water.
Federal rules required the city to build the $1.6 billion cover over Hillview Reservoir to protect it from contaminants. Local officials said it wasn’t necessary and the city is already building a new ultraviolet plant to disinfect tap water.
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.
The Garden State is turning into a drought state, as New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection says an increased demand for water has caused a serious drop in reservoir levels.
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