FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE05-19
York City DEP Acquires 193-Acre Parcel in Delhi That will be
Opened for Public Access
Commissioner Emily Lloyd of the New York City Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) announced today that the agency
has acquired 193-acres in Delhi in Delaware County as part of its
watershed protection program. The parcel is located at Peakes Brook
and Frank Hafele Roads, and contains portions of Peakes Brook and
one of its tributaries.
“This purchase is another example of DEP protecting water
quality while increasing recreation opportunities for the public,” said
Commissioner Lloyd. “The property was not open to the general
public for recreation when in private ownership, but under DEP
it will be available for hiking and fishing by permit and possibly
hunting. And as always with DEP watershed land purchases, full
property taxes will be paid by the City.”
Commissioner Lloyd noted that the acquisition protects nearly
half-a-mile of scenic road frontage, a 40-acre agricultural field,
and numerous dirt roads and early successional forest stands. Most
notably, the purchase will make over 3,000 feet of Peakes Brook
and one of its tributaries available for fishing.
DEP will be preparing the site for recreational access this year
and will be seeking proposals from local farmers for use of the
fields. This Delhi property will be added to the 35,000 acres of
watershed land currently offered by DEP for recreational use.
Permits for recreational use are available at no cost. Applicants
can visit the DEP Web site at www.nyc.gov/watershedrecreation or
call 1-800-575-LAND for more information and to obtain an application.
Applications are also available at DEP Land Management offices,
town offices, and bait and tackle shops throughout the watershed.
Since 1997, over 700 willing sellers have sold roughly 42,000
acres of land at fair market value and 10,000 acres of conservation
easements throughout the watershed to New York City, including
214 landowners in Delaware County. The conservation easement properties – including
an additional 10,000 acres of farm easements acquired by the Watershed
Agricultural Council – are not owned by the DEP but are still
enjoyed privately by their owners under a wide range of uses that
are compatible with water supply protection.
As of April 2005, the DEP has made over 35,000 acres available
for public recreation, including over 22,000 acres of land acquired
under its Land Acquisition Program. Over 84,000 free Public Access
permits have been issued and last season nearly 10,000 hunting
tags were distributed. Almost 10,000 boat tags have been issued
this season for people to use boats for fishing on City reservoirs.