Delaware River Report / Conditions September 29, 2015

Due to the forecasted rain NYC DEP decided they could save some water by dropping the Cannonsville release from over 1000 cfs immediately down to 300 cfs.  There was no gradual step down, no thought about giving the insects on the sides of the stream-bed room to migrate, no regard whatsoever for downstream users.  Hopefully Accuweather really is accurate this time and we get a lot of rain spread out from today through Sunday.  We expect the first inch or so to soak right into the ground so we are watching the radar carefully.  Feel free to call Paul Rush at DEP and let him know your thoughts about dropping the release from 1200 cfs to 300 cfs in one move.  845.334.7107 or email at

If there was ever a question on whether or not NYC DEP cared about downstream users

If there was ever a question on whether or not NYC DEP cared about anything downstream of the dams…

Slate Drake #12 – Isonychia bicolor
Sulphur #18-20 – E. dorothea
Light Cahills #14 – various steno species (invaria, etc)
Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22-26 – Pseudo sp. (now classified as Acentrella sp.)
Charcoal Caddis #14 -16 – dark Brachycentrus sp.
Tan Caddis #16-18 – Hydrosyche sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis sp.

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 286 cfs 58°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 408 cfs 57°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 101 cfs 56°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 137 cfs 66°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,010 cfs 62°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 63 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 300 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 60°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 43 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 55.8%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 75.2%