NYC media outlets dive deep into the Catskills watershed

It's unusual for New York City-based media outlets to pay much attention to the Catskills, and even more unusual for them to examine the long, often painful history of how exactly New Yorkers get their water, more than a billions gallons a day of it, from the Catskills watershed. 

But this week, WNYC radio and a news website called CityLimits.org are diving deep into the story of the Catskills watershed in their week-long The Cost of Our Water collaborative investigative series. They're airing thoughtful radio pieces and publishing long articles about the sometimes fraught relationship between the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which runs the vast system of reservoirs that dominates the Catskills, and upstate residents.   Read more

Flash flood watch in Delaware County tonight

Above: A hydrograph showing Trout Creek's brief spike into flood stage early on Monday, June 15. More rain on Tuesday, June 16 may cause flash flooding around the Catskills. 

A series of heavy rains over the past few days have added much-needed inches of water to streams and rivers across the Catskills.

But tonight and early tomorrow, Tuesday, June 16, more rain on saturated ground may cause some flash flooding.

From 2 a.m. Tuesday morning until Tuesday afternoon, heavy rain will fall in Delaware and Otsego counties -- sometimes as much as an inch an hour, according to an alert issued by the National Weather Service in Binghamton.  Read more

Power outage disrupts MTC service

A power outage at a major telecommunications switching center in Albany, New York impacted telephone, internet, long distance and cellular service throughout the Central New York region on Sunday, 6/14, from about 6am to 11:30am. The impairments affected certain specific services among various central New York telecommunications companies including Delhi and Margaretville Telephone Companies.

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Sean Eldridge: "I’m not going to run again"

Sean Eldridge, a young political upstart who lost the election for New York's 19th Congressional District from Republican Chris Gibson last year, has finally made it public: He won't be running for election again.

Eldridge, a first-time Democratic challenger, lost the race for Gibson's seat by 30 points in a drubbing that received national attention.

That's because Eldridge is one half of a prominent gay power couple. His husband is Chris Hughes, a multi-millionaire who helped Mark Zuckerberg found Facebook. 

Right after the election, Eldridge refused to answer questions from the Watershed Post about whether or not he would run again in the 19th District, which covers much of the Catskills and the Hudson Valley.  Read more

Tornado watch in effect for the Catskills region

Above: A storm system looms to the west of the Catskills at 2:20 pm. on Monday, June 8.

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has issued a sweeping tornado watch for much of New York and New England this afternoon.

The tornado watch includes Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster counties in the Catskills from 1:40 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday, June 8. A large storm system will march through the region, bringing winds, possible hail and a chance of flash flooding. 

Rip Van Winkle cauliflower mural takes shape in Margaretville

Above: Murphy works on a new mural in Margaretville on Tuesday, June 2. She plans to finish it next week.

Joanna Murphy, an artist and muralist based in the Catskills, is putting the finishing touches on a mural at the eastern edge of the Delaware County village of Margaretville that depicts a vintage cauliflower label featuring Rip Van Winkle. 

Cauliflower used to be one of the central Catskills' biggest exports, and cauliflower farmers decorated their crates with colorful labels that depicted pastoral scenes and happy country women.

(Until this year, the logo for Pure Catskills, the region's buy local program, was an adaptation of a cauliflower label from the Walton-Hamden Cauliflower Co-op that featured a girl in a red dress. WAC employees call her Fran.)

Murphy at work on the mural on Tuesday, June 2. Photo by Julia Reischel.  Read more

DEC gives $400,000 in grants to fund parks, paths and signs in the Catskills

Above: Eight Catskills towns, villages and nonprofits received grant money from the DEC this week. From left: Hunter Town Councilman David Kukle, Neversink Town Supervisor Mark McCarthy, CWC planner Peter Manning, Lexington Town Supervisor Dixie Baldrey, Windham Town Councilman Robert Pelham, MARK Project Deputy Director Kent Brown, Andes Town Supervisor Marty Donnelly, Cairo Town Supervisor Ted Banta and DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens. In front is Dylan Walrath, the contracts coordinator for the Division of Lands and Forests at the DEC, who coordinated the grants. Photo by Julia Reischel.

Elected officials from communities across the Catskills gathered in the Delaware County village of Margaretville to accept grant funds and accolades from Joseph Martens, the head of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, on Tuesday, June 2.  Read more

Tonight’s Show: Catskill Fungi with John Michelotti

CFA-On-The-Air: From the Forest
Wednesdays 6PM – 7PM
WIOX ROXBURY 91.3FM or www.wioxradio.org

On tonight’s radio show, FROM THE FOREST will be interviewing John Michelotti from CATSKILL FUNGI. John is the owner of CATSKILL FUNGI – a business that offers health tinctures from wild-crafted or organically grown fungi from his family farm. He also offers consultation, edible & medicinal mushrooms, residential landscape design, workshops, woodswalks, & more. Tune in at 91.3 FM or stream online @ www.wioxradio.org to learn more about mushrooms from John.

There is a lot of fruit out there this year. Black cherry trees are loaded; so are apple, peach, pear, serviceberry, and mulberry. My apple trees are receiving quite a bit of caterpillar damage; they chew their leaves pretty badly. You can spray an organic pesticide on them – Baciullus thuringiensis, or Bt. It can be found at some of your local garden stores. It’s the same stuff maple producers use to kill forest tent caterpillar and it will kill all caterpillars. In any case, get ready for some fruit.  Read more

Blazing trails: New in the Catskills outdoors

Above: The Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center, which is scheduled to open in July, features a a .75-mile paved trail that leads to an additional .25 to .5-mile paved trail towards the Esopus Creek. Photo by Julia Reischel.

We're celebrating Catskills outdoors and trails this week as we ramp up for National Trails Day, which is Saturday, June 6. Here's a roundup of new trails and attractions that have opened in the past year or will soon open in the Catskills. 

June 2014
Funded by the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and managed by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, the Catskill Conservation Corps formed in 2014. Volunteers with the Corps build and maintain trails, conduct research, pick up litter, root out invasive species and generally keep an eye on things in the Catskill Park. Workshops teach Corps members how to plan a trail, swing a mattock and identify nasty plants. catskillconservationcorps.org.  Read more

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