FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACTS: Robert Mason or Marie Stewart, Office of the Delaware River Master, (570) 296-7213
DELAWARE RIVER BASIN STATES AND NEW YORK CITY ANNOUNCE ONE-YEAR RESERVOIR OPERATING PLAN AGREEMENT
MILFORD, Pa. (May 31) – New York State, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and the City of New York today announced that they have unanimously approved a one-year extension of the current Flexible Flow Management Program (FFMP) intended to meet water supply demands, protect fisheries habitat downstream of the New York City (NYC) Delaware Basin reservoirs, enhance flood mitigation, and repel the upstream movement of salt water in the Delaware Estuary.
Releases of water from the three City reservoirs (Pepacton, Cannonsville, and Neversink) located in the headwaters of the Delaware River, and out-of-Basin diversions, are managed according to procedures unanimously agreed to by the four states and NYC under the terms of a 1954 U.S. Supreme Court Decree that settled an interstate water dispute between New York State and New York City, and the lower basin states.
The Decree Parties (four basin states and NYC) will use the next year to further evaluate this interim reservoir management plan and use the experience to help guide ongoing negotiations to develop future multi-year agreements.
The FFMP, which will be in effect through May 31, 2014, will continue to rely on use of the City’s Operations Support Tool (OST) to manage water forecasted to be available in the three NYC reservoirs and help guide selection of reservoir release rates. The OST is a sophisticated monitoring and modeling system that allows for better predictions of reservoir-specific water storage levels, quality, and inflo