FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE03-18
Charles G. Sturcken
Reservoirs Available For New Fishing Season
Fishing By Boat On New Croton And Kensico Reservoirs Reopens May 1
Commissioner Christopher O. Ward of the New York City Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) today welcomed the start of the 2003 fishing season at
New York City reservoirs. In keeping with new policies for use of watershed
lands for recreational purposes, Commissioner Ward reminded all anglers
that they are required to have a valid Access Permit issued by DEP in
order to enter City-owned lands.
“We’re pleased to be able to open more than 33,000 acres
of reservoirs for fishing on schedule this year,” Commissioner Ward
said. “The last 18 months have been a challenge to balance security
concerns for the water supply and the needs of the thousands of people
who use the reservoirs for recreation,” said the Commissioner.
“One of the things working in our favor is that so many responsible
people use the watershed lands regularly, and we trust that they can be
counted on to report any suspicious activity in the area to the DEP police
at (888) H2O-SHED (426-7433). But because the security plan is still evolving,
there will be some minor changes this year in how access to the lands
The most notable change is that fishing by boat at the Kensico and New
Croton Reservoirs will resume on May 1. When boat access resumes, buoy
lines will be in place to indicate newly secured areas that are off-limits
to boaters. This new security procedure was announced by Commissioner
Ward last month.
As in the past, people wishing to fish any reservoir by boat must first
present their boats to DEP for zebra mussel prevention measures. In addition,
this season existing boat permits and validation stickers will be replaced
by a two-year boat sticker. To put your boat on a City reservoir, contact
the DEP Land Management Office at the reservoir of interest at the following
numbers to schedule an appointment: Ashokan (845) 657-2663; Schoharie
(607) 588-6631; Rondout and Neversink (845) 985-2524; Cannonsville and
Pepacton (607) 363-7009/7010; East of Hudson Reservoirs (914) 232-1309.
For further information on fishing, fishing by boat, hiking or hunting
on City-owned watershed land and waters, or to obtain permit applications,
please visit our web site at nyc.gov/watershedrecreation or call the
DEP Permit Office at (800) 575-LAND.