September 26, 2013
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced an agreement with New York City to reduce muddy discharges from its upstate water supply system into a major trout stream.
The issue has been a contentious one for many years in Catskill Mountain towns along the lower Esopus Creek. Riverkeeper, the environmental group, has filed lawsuits over it.
The action announced Wednesday comes after the Ulster County Legislature voted Tuesday night to take legal action against the DEC to force it to take action.
The agreement also says New York City will invest about $3.4 million for environmental improvement projects in the lower Esopus area.
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