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May 13, 2013

Agency to promote watershed businesses

Staff Report
The Daily Star

---- — Local attractions and agencies will have a chance to reach out to downstate customers through an initiative sponsored by the DEP. 

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection announced last week that it will partner with tourism agencies, businesses and nonprofits across the Catskill/Delaware Watershed to promote outdoor recreation and tourism destinations at a one-day event at Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York City. 

DEP will host “The Watershed Experience” on June 8 to market tourism destinations in the Catskills to New York City residents, according to a media release from the agency. 

“Many New York City residents can remember a family vacation, a fishing trip, or some other excursion to the Catskills,” DEP Commissioner Carter Strickland said in the release. “We want to strengthen that historic connection between the metropolitan area and the Catskill region by reminding City residents about all the wonderful outdoor recreation and tourism attractions in the watershed, including recreational boating, fishing, and hiking on City-owned properties.”

DEP is inviting any interested tourism destinations in and around the watershed to participate in this event, including those that offer hiking, fishing, boating, farm tours, local food, lodging, concerts, antiquing, fall foliage tours, golfing and sporting events. There is no cost to participate in the event. Brooklyn Bridge Park draws roughly 30,000 visitors on an average weekend, according to the release. The event will be held at the Pier 1 promenade on the East River, overlooking the Manhattan skyline.

Participants may not sell anything at the event, but free samples and giveaways will be permitted. Setup will begin at 6 a.m. The event will happen rain or shine. Tents and tables will not be provided.

For more information about participating, contact Adam Bosch at (845) 334-7868, or boscha@dep.nyc.gov by May 17.

The event is part of DEP’s ongoing effort to support the tourism economy in the Catskills through opening its lands and reservoirs for outdoor recreation. DEP manages New York City’s water supply through a system of reservoirs, controlled lakes, tunnels and aqueducts. For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/dep.