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December 21, 2014
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UDC offers help in former DV school development

National Park Service (NPS) Superintendent Sean McGuinness of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River announced his plans to retire in January at the November 7 meeting of the Upper Delaware Council (UDC). An NPS veteran of 36 years, McGuinness said that, “in my four years here, I’ve tried hard to make a difference.”
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McGuinness said that inconsistencies and ambiguities in the language of the river plan and its L&WUG exist. After two decades, the likelihood of decisions based on varying interpretations of the guidelines and the unfamiliarity of other agencies with the plan in making bad or uninformed decisions is more likely. “It’s time to revise the River Management Plan,” he said following the meeting.

In other business, the council heard a presentation on river flows and New York City reservoir management from Garth Pettinger, representing a group of upstream environmental and river-related groups that are petitioning the Delaware River Basin Commission to consider a new, lower daily “safe yield” for NYC use of Delaware River water. Seeking UDC support of their petition, Pettinger said that the current 800 million gallon-per- day (MGD) figure was based on a 1930s drought of record, which was surpassed in duration in the 1960s. He said the figure should be 480 MGD. He further charged that to justify its increased drawdown of Delaware River water, the city has been dumping water from its Catskill and Croton systems.

Additionally, UDC Executive Director Laurie Ramie reported that with the end of the government shutdown, Congress approved an 8% cut in UDC funding, allowing $80,900 to carry the council through January 15, when another continuing resolution would be scheduled to take effect.