Earth Day - established 49 years ago, on April 22, 1970, when 20 million Americans from all ages and demographics joined together to demonstrate against air and water pollution, and to demand the protection of our environment. And the success of the first Earth Day has been attributed tothe creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean AirAct, Clean WaterActand Endangered Species Act in the early 1970s. Thanks to these protections, our Catskill rivers and streams still contain the coldest, cleanest, purest and most highly oxygenated water necessary for ideal trout habitat; and we are grateful to those who worked so hard to pass these laws to protect our environment.
It’s been a very rainy week – and at this writing, Monday April 22, the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls is flowing at 2020 cubic feet per second, which is well above the average flow of 824 cfs over 104 years of record-keeping. On Saturday evening the Beaverkill almost reached flood stage for the second time this week; cresting at about 8,250 cfs. Water temperatures hovered around 50 degrees over the weekend, that ideal temperature for mayfly hatches; but with the high water and continuous rainfall, most rivers and streams are too high to wade, and the Delaware branches are not safe for canoeing or kayaking.