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    Delaware River Crisis Looms

    Hi All,

    Starting to get worried for the near future.

    The current version of the FFMP release plan ends on May 31st. The past few years, the program has been extended each year on a temporary basis.

    This year appears to be different.

    The parties (NY, NJ, PA, DE and NYC) to the 1954 Supreme Court Decree have to have a unanimous vote to continue the current FFMP program.

    Back in February, NJ stated they would not be able to extend the agreement unless their list of 8 demands were met.

    Now, two months later the parties still have not even really sat down to negotiate a solution.

    Now NJ has blustered like this in the past, but this time it feels a bit different.

    Most involved with the situation feel that the FFMP may not be extended.

    Now for the bad news. If FFMP is not extended there is a very good chance that we will revert back to the last permanent agreement which is called "Rev 1". This would be a huge step back as we would revert to the release table as specified in Rev 1.

    June 1st releases under FFMP: WB = 500, EB = 140, NS = 110

    June 1st releases under Rev 1: WB = 45, EB = 70, NS = 45

    That is not a typo. The releases on the WB will drop from 500 to 45 overnight!!

    Get your fishing in this month!!!

    Jim

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    Re: Delaware River Crisis Looms

    Quote Originally Posted by Big_Spinner View Post
    Hi All,

    Starting to get worried for the near future.

    The current version of the FFMP release plan ends on May 31st. The past few years, the program has been extended each year on a temporary basis.

    This year appears to be different.

    The parties (NY, NJ, PA, DE and NYC) to the 1954 Supreme Court Decree have to have a unanimous vote to continue the current FFMP program.

    Back in February, NJ stated they would not be able to extend the agreement unless their list of 8 demands were met.

    Now, two months later the parties still have not even really sat down to negotiate a solution.

    Now NJ has blustered like this in the past, but this time it feels a bit different.

    Most involved with the situation feel that the FFMP may not be extended.

    Now for the bad news. If FFMP is not extended there is a very good chance that we will revert back to the last permanent agreement which is called "Rev 1". This would be a huge step back as we would revert to the release table as specified in Rev 1.

    June 1st releases under FFMP: WB = 500, EB = 140, NS = 110

    June 1st releases under Rev 1: WB = 45, EB = 70, NS = 45

    That is not a typo. The releases on the WB will drop from 500 to 45 overnight!!

    Get your fishing in this month!!!

    Jim
    Back to fly fisher folk praying for a deluge of water to have the alewifes pouring over the top in spring, then for drought conditions as soon as it happens so the Waterlords have to release water for the Montague target.

    John
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    Re: Delaware River Crisis Looms

    Quote Originally Posted by Big_Spinner View Post
    Hi All,

    Starting to get worried for the near future.

    The current version of the FFMP release plan ends on May 31st. The past few years, the program has been extended each year on a temporary basis.

    This year appears to be different.

    The parties (NY, NJ, PA, DE and NYC) to the 1954 Supreme Court Decree have to have a unanimous vote to continue the current FFMP program.

    Back in February, NJ stated they would not be able to extend the agreement unless their list of 8 demands were met.

    Now, two months later the parties still have not even really sat down to negotiate a solution.

    Now NJ has blustered like this in the past, but this time it feels a bit different.

    Most involved with the situation feel that the FFMP may not be extended.

    Now for the bad news. If FFMP is not extended there is a very good chance that we will revert back to the last permanent agreement which is called "Rev 1". This would be a huge step back as we would revert to the release table as specified in Rev 1.

    June 1st releases under FFMP: WB = 500, EB = 140, NS = 110

    June 1st releases under Rev 1: WB = 45, EB = 70, NS = 45

    That is not a typo. The releases on the WB will drop from 500 to 45 overnight!!

    Get your fishing in this month!!!

    Jim
    New Jersey is clearly trying to pull PA onto its side because Rev 1 can threaten saltwater intrusion into Philly's drinking water supply, and the hope is that PA and NJ together can get NY City to finally allow more water into the river instead of hording it every year. It's risky, but it just might work. The unanimous consent for any changes doesn't necessitate that NJ pair up with any other decree party, but it seems they feel PA will be a willing co-conspirator for better flows. Delaware could care less and NY state caves in to their biggest city, so only NJ and PA can fight the big beast from the East (NYC).

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    Re: Delaware River Crisis Looms

    What about another major flood event. Looks like 2005/2006.
    I found this document from NYC DEP
    Search this:

    Design of NYC reservoirs and performance during 2005 flood event


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