New Jersey and New York are finding it hard to work out how to allocate water fairly from the Delaware River. Negotiations were ongoing yesterday between officials of the two states along with their counterparts from Pennsylvania and Delaware over extending an agreement on the allocations.
“They’re fighting like children in a sandbox,” said Jeff Skelding, executive director of Friends of the Upper Delaware River.
New York, which has five reservoirs upstream, physically controls water released downriver.
New Jersey withdraws 65 million gallons of water a day for reservoirs that provide drinking water to about 1.5 million people in the central part of the state, but it wants 100 million gallons a day guaranteed, even during drought conditions. “We’ve tried to compromise on that number, but really the spirit of this is to try to benefit the state of New Jersey by having access to additional water that we have right to,” said Dan Kennedy, who is with water resources management for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
“We’re not saying ‘no’ to New Jersey. What we’re saying is that meeting their desires and their needs, needs to be part of trying to address everyone’s needs,” Adam Bosch from New York City Water Supply, New York Department of Environmental Protection, said.
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