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Delaware Reservoirs, Hudson River Flow, Continue to Decline
Released: 8/3/1995

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U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
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Phone: 703-648-4460

Reservoirs in the Delaware River basin and flow of the Hudson River continue to decline, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, an agency of the Department of the Interior.

Total storage in the Pepacton, Cannonsville and Neversink reservoirs today (Thurs., Aug. 3, 1995) is about 187 billion gallons, 25 billion gallons above the drought warning level, according to Bill Harkness, USGS hydrologist and Delaware River Master. This amount is 16 percent above the drought warning level and 31 billion gallons less than on July 5, when voluntary water conservation measures were called for by New York City and Westchester County water managers.

Reservoirs in the Delaware River basin supply about half of New York City’s water supply. According to a 1954 Supreme Court decree, the Delaware River Master is empowered to limit diversions of water from the Delaware River basin, with stricter controls in time of drought.

In New York state, the flow of the Hudson River continues at below normal levels. Last night (Wed., Aug. 2, 1995) the flow at the USGS streamflow monitoring station at Hadley, N.Y., was about 628 million gallons per day (mgd), 20 percent below than the long-term average August flow of 773 mgd.

The salt front in the Hudson River has retreated in the past week, and is now about six miles downstream from the intakes for the city of Poughkeepsie. The front was five miles downstream one week ago. The Hudson River is the source of fresh drinking water for the residents of Poughkeepsie and surrounding communities.

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