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July 10, 2006

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Catskill Flood Update: Recent deluge rekindles dredging debate

In the aftermath of record flooding in the Catskill’s famed Beaverkill-Willowemoc watershed, an old debate that pits fishermen against homeowners is welling up once again. "Every time we get a flood they talk about dredging,” says Manny Zanger, president of the local Trout Unlimited chapter, “but that's the last thing we need." Removing gravel beds on the Willowemoc would not stop the flooding, anglers argue, and would devastate the renown fishery. Local residents, on the other hand, say dredging would mitigate future damage and are tired, as they see it, of endangering their homes in order to preserve the area’s world-class flyfishing. “It’s all about the fish,” a frustrated local man told the Times-Herald Record “Fish, fish, fish.”  Here’s the full story:


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