The Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing at 104 cubic feet per second on Monday afternoon, July 16. This is below the average flow of 166 cfs over 104 years of record-keeping. Water temperatures reached above 82 degrees Fahrenheit yesterday! and ranged from a low of 68 to the upper 70s over the past week.
The East Branch Delaware River at Fishs Eddy was well below average flow; registering just 304 cubic feet per second as opposed to the 63-year average of 675 cfs. Water temperatures over the weekend reached 78 degrees! and all week ranged from a low of 66 degrees to at least 77 degrees every day. This is VERY upsetting, as the East Branch is supposed to be a “Tailwater Fishery” and provide cold water releases from the bottom of Pepacton Reservoir to protect the trout. And yet a check with the NYC DEP webpage showed that as of last Friday the Catskill reservoirs are exactly at the “Normal” range for their Total Storage - in fact a bit more water, with the % capacity currenly at 91.4% as compared to the “Normal” historic level of 91.2% full.