The era of unilateral watershed management by New York City may finally be over
It wasn’t that New York City went too far in the past year in protecting its Ashokan watershed and flooding the lower Esopus with turbid water. In the opinion of many upstaters, New York City has been a rude neighbor for over a century. When it came to its watersheds, New York City was arbitrary, selfish, obfuscatory and hypocritical. Through its regulations, enforcement powers and management behavior, it acted like a law unto itself, cloaking itself in the need to protect public health through eternal vigilance over its unfiltered water supply.