Delaware River Basin Forum

Delaware River Basin Forum

Sulivan County Community College

March 10 2011

Read this and attend at Sullivan County Community College to get the facts we need to make the decisions we face in the Neversink River Valley

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The Delaware River Basin Forum on March 10, 2011. You are registered to attend
the Sullivan County Community College location. Attendance is free.

PARKING: Parking on campus is free. Attendees should park in Lot 1. The Forum
will be held in the Theater.

CHECK-IN: Check-in at the facility begins at 7:45 am on Thursday, March 10, 2011.
The Forum will begin promptly at 8:15am. Anyone registering for continuing
education contact hours (see below) should check in by 8:00 am. Directions,
agendas and additional information are available on the Forum website:

LUNCH: Lunch will not be provided at this location. Coffee, snacks and limited
lunch items will be available at a kiosk outside the theater doors. A greater
selection of food and drink items are available at the cafeteria on the other
side of campus with typical meals costing from $5 to $7 dollars. Participants may
bring their lunches. The forum has lunch-time speakers so there will not be
adequate time to leave campus to get food and participate in all discussions.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CONTACT HOURS: Contact hours for continuing education for
New York State Drinking Water Operators, New York State Wastewater Treatment
Operators, and New York State Professional Engineers are planned. If you plan to
request contact hours, please register in advance by emailing: or by calling Jane Thapa of the Bureau of Water Supply
Protection, NYSDOH, at (518) 402-7711.

CANCELLATIONS: If you will be unable to attend the Forum, please send an email
to: so that we may give your seat to those on
the waiting list.

NOTE: This event is not affiliated with the proposed natural gas drilling
regulations recently announced by the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC).
Additional information about the DRBC’s draft natural gas development regulations
can be found on the DRBC website:

See you at the Forum!


Riverside privacy preservation

One of the essential tenents of the Neversink River Valley Community effort to preserve the natural resourses of the Neversink River Valley is to preserve the rights of the private property owners within the river valley. We regard the quality of life of our family, friends, and neighbors as a natural resource of the valley.

We especially want to promote a spirit of environmental recovery, and develop support programs for restoring pre-existing watershed degradation sites. Many homes and businesses along the river were established long before modern environmental criteria became so critical. We want to find an environmentally sustainable way to live with our neighbors; not bust them.

A healthy lower Neversink River valley Watershed is a benefit to us all.

Seasonal River Debris cleanup

We in the Neversink River Valley know that the river is a recurring maintenance task. With the extreme weather that has become common we periodically have severe floods (as is the nature of our Mahakemack River the Wild River of the native Leni Lenape). References to our drainage basin most often refer only to the Above the Reservoir as the Neversink watershed  ( the NYC water supply). We submit to the preeminence of this title, yet we reassert the importance of the lower Neversink Valley Below the Reservoir watershed.

Indeed the lower Roundout Valley was another Below the Dam Orphan they created Rondout Creek Watershed Council for the people in the communities below the Roundout Revervoir. We hope to learn from their success.

We believe it will become increasing important for the economy of Sullivan County to maintain the wholesome “accessibilty” of the Neversink River

The people at the Old Stone House have endeavoured to initiate an exemplary project to promote the “best practices” natural resources preservation strategies in the local Neversink River Valley development plans. This principally impacts the Town of Fallsburg and the Town of Forestburg in Sullivan County.  New York City is not the alone in loving Catskill Pure Water; if fact,  everyone, here and, downstream – all the way to New Jersey – counts on our wonderful local watershed.

In the two (2) miles above the Old Stone House (Hasbrouck) below the reservoir there are improbable amounts of environmental debris (large uprooted trees, and residential wash-away (e.g. riding lawn mowers, gas tanks etc.). We hope to adddress the problem of the cost of the maintainence costs of the Neversink River water course with local government, New York State, and Federal agencies, and the noble local and regional environmental advocates and fishermen who have actively protected the Neversink so far (see the growing list at

Below Reservoir Debris

Riding Lawn Mower midstream

below reservoir debris

Major Uprooted Tree debris

Neversink light

river collection image

A morning mist on the river

Introducing: Neversink Commons

Hi All

A new Neversink Commons blog at a branch of this original blog Neversink Commons at and will eventually replace it. Neversink Commons is a web Catalog of Resources for the Lower Neversink River Valley promoting natural resource management.  To learn more visit our web page
We hope this will be an edifying, useful, and fun blog.

Brian Hayes