By Bill Connors: Premium Energy of Walnut Creek, California, has filed a proposal with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to build a pumped storage facility utilizing water from the lower (western) basin of Ashokan Reservoir in Ulster County. The reservoir is fed by Esopus Creek, one of the most important fisheries in the Catskills; anglers… Continue reading Poughkeepsie Journal: A proposed project is threatening one of the Catskills’ best fishing streams. Here’s details.
Olivebridge, NY – Today at the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, State Senator Michelle Hinchey (SD-46) held a press conference with environmental groups, municipal leaders, and area residents to express widespread community-led opposition to a pumped storage project being proposed for the Ashokan Reservoir and to encourage residents to submit their concerns to the Federal Energy… Continue reading Senator Michelle Hinchey Gathers Local Leaders and Environmental Groups to Oppose Harmful Ashokan Pumped Storage Project
Note from Elizabeth Cruz, Geographer/GIS Specialist at US Fish and Wildlife Service: “The reservoir locations shown on the maps are based on the dam crest and water surface elevations provided in the proposal by Premium Energy Holdings. In the case of Wittenberg and Woodland reservoirs, these maps match the maps in the proposal. Using the… Continue reading Updated Maps from Geographer Elizabeth Cruz
Excellent detail on preexisting issues with turbidity in the Ashokan reservoir and the Esopus, an issue that increasingly occurs in periods of heavy rainfall. If we can’t manage heavy silt during rainy seasons, an additional 200 acre reservoir and dam emptying into the same reservoir will not make this management easier. NYC regularly discharges turbid… Continue reading The River: Mud in the Water: The Fight Over Turbidity in Esopus Creek
So, here we go again: same watershed, same issues. The upper basin of Ashokan Reservoir is fed by the often turbid waters of the Schoharie Reservoir and the Esopus Creek via the Shandaken Tunnel. When the Ashokan Reservoir complex was completed around 1915, the upper basin, because of the upstream silt load, was designed as… Continue reading River Reporter: Prattsville rides again?
We are currently researching this proposal, will be engaged in the comment process with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commision (FERC), and will be making a motion to intervene. While we are supportive of renewable energy generation opportunities, this project is ill-conceived and does not take into account a number of barriers to its implementation including… Continue reading Catskill Center Statement on the Proposed Premium Energy Ashokan Pumped Storage Plan
BOICEVILLE, N.Y. – The Onteora Board of Education is seeking intervener status in the federal review of a proposed 2,800-megawatt Premium Energy Holdings electric generating plant at the Ashokan Reservoir. During a school board video conference meeting Tuesday, March 4, Trustee Bennett Ratcliff said the proposed generating plant and all three potential locations for a… Continue reading Daily Freeman: Onteora school trustees seek intervener status in review of proposed electric plant
Two quotes from this article: DEP was unaware of the proposal until recently, Director of Public Affairs Adam Bosch said. We were made aware of it last month when the Ulster County Planning Department sent us the FERC filings in an email,” Bosch said, referring to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. “We are currently working… Continue reading Hudson Valley 360: Reservoir proposal called ‘devastating’