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Proposed Expansion of Recreational Boating at Neversink, Pepacton and Schoharie Reservoirs

CEQR No. 12DEP071U

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) proposes to designate portions of Schoharie Reservoir in Schoharie County, Pepacton Reservoir in Delaware County, and Neversink Reservoir in Sullivan County as Recreational Boating Areas as defined in Title 15, Chapter 16 of the Rules of the City of New York, the existing rules governing the recreational use of New York City water supply lands and waters (Existing Rules). The proposed action would provide expanded recreational boating opportunities to the public by allowing additional types of boats to be used in Recreational Boating Areas. Boats eligible for Recreational Boat Tags would include canoes, sculls, small sailboats with removable center/dagger boards and jonboats that measure no less than eleven feet six inches (11′ 6″) in length and kayaks that measure no less than nine (9) feet in length. Inflatable boats, collapsible boats and motorized boats are prohibited. All boats would have to be steam cleaned prior to entry into the reservoir. All boats would be required to be hand carried into the water. Swimming would still be prohibited. The Existing Rules ensure that appropriate protections are in place to protect water quality and ensure security.

The annual season for recreational boating at theses reservoirs would commence Memorial Day Weekend and end Columbus Day weekend. Boating on the Reservoirs would be allowed from sun up to sun down. To support the expanded boating program at the proposed Recreational Boating Areas, DEP proposes to create boat launch areas, at each reservoir. Each boat launch area would consist of a parking area, an information kiosk, portable toilets, a flagpole in addition to signage as needed in order to assist boaters with identifying the launch areas. The parking areas would be composed of gravel and the access roads would be composed of gravel except where paved access roads already exist.

If you have any questions regarding the environmental review please contact SangamithraIyer at the below address:

Sangamithra Iyer, P.E.
Project Manager, Water Supply Infrastructure and Watershed Assessment
New York City Department of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Environmental Planning and Analysis
59-17 Junction Blvd, 11th Floor
Flushing, New York 11373

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Reservoir Levels

Current: 70.3%

Normal: 72.5%