Michael Risinit 10:33 a.m. EDT March 14, 2014
New York City has prohibited ice fishing on its Boyd’s Corners Reservoir in Kent because it will be temporarily drawing more water from it. Removing extra water could cause the ice to collapse, the city said.
KENT – The Boyd’s Corners Reservoir in Putnam County is now closed to ice fishing, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection announced this week.
The reservoir is part of DEP’s drinking water system that supplies water to New York City and most of Westchester. Even though the ice is still thick on the 300-acre reservoir, according to officials, more water than usual is being taken from the reservoir each day for at least a week.
“This could cause water levels in the reservoir to drop by roughly three feet each day, compromising the strength of ice that built up over winter,” the DEP said in its announcement.
The extra water will be used to maintain the supply downstream in the West Branch and Kensico reservoirs and ensure the delivery of drinking water to New York City and Westchester communities, according to the DEP.
More water is being drawn from the reservoir in Putnam because the agency has temporarily shut down its Catskill Aqueduct upstate as part of an ongoing construction project to connect it with the city’s Delaware Aqueduct.
Anglers will be able to return to Boyd’s Corners once the Catskill Aqueduct is returned to service.