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County to file lawsuit against DEP over water releases


Kingston, NY – Officials in one Hudson Valley county are clashing with New York City leaders over what they say is a violation of federal law. WAMC's Greg Fry explains that the next step will likely be legal action...

DEP Statement regarding lawsuit:

"We do not believe we are violating any state or federal law but we will review any legal actions when they are received. And we understand that turbidity in the lower Esopus is undesirable, and could have some adverse impacts on local communities. We are working to mitigate those impacts as much as possible, but today's announcement seems to disregard the interconnected nature of the water system, which must balance water supply from various sources to provide clean water. Decisions about how to manage reservoir operations impact multiple stakeholders-including upstate counties and towns. Rather than threatening legal action, everyone should work together to reach a solution that protects all of the important, but sometimes competing, interests at stake."