New York City Fined $5.2 Million for Muddying Esopus

February 27, 2007 By: Marshall Cutchin

According to the Associated Press, “The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear an appeal from New York City in a lawsuit by sportsmen and environmentalists upset over silty water added to an upstate trout stream that carries part of the downstate water supply.” Some reports, however, indicate that the muddying of the Esopus may continue since some sort of permit was issued in response to a challenge by a coalition of fisherman and clean water advocates.