Category Archives: Ashokan Release Channel Operations

Reservoir releases increased ahead of weekend rain forecast

In anticipation of the rain event forecasted for this weekend and as requested by local communities, the Ashokan Release Channel has been increased today from 15 to approximately 150 MGD. The increases were executed in steps from 3:00PM to 8:00PM.

The current release channel turbidity is 5.00 ntu.

The release rate may need to be changed based on new forecasts over the next few days.

Weekend reservoir release related to recreational whitewater event

NYC DEP increased the Ashokan Release Channel flow rate from 15MGD to 150 MGD to mitigate the impact of a NYS DEC requested whitewater release from Shandaken Tunnel Portal this weekend for an event on the upper Esopus Creek sponsored by the Kayak and Canoe Club of New York. Releasing water from the reservoir in advance and during the whitewater release from the tunnel will mitigate any potential spills from the reservoir since reservoir level is close to 100% capacity.