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Clearing up murky Catskills waters

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If you’ve spent much time fishing Esopus Creek in the eastern Catskills, you know better than to expect crystal-clear water. The Esopus has always been rather murky. One reason is much of the creek is used as a kind of aqueduct, carrying water piped from Schoharie Reservoir downstream into Ashokan Reservoir, an impoundment on the Esopus itself. That water is often cloudy, due to the topography of the Schoharie watershed. But the Esopus’ own tributaries ...


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