New Trails and Reservoir Ranger Program Highlight 2016 Season
The program, open through November 30, will provide participants with access to more than 6,000 acres of watershed property in both New York and New Jersey, including Lake DeForest in Rockland County and Lake Tappan, Woodcliff Lake and Oradell reservoirs in Bergen County.
”We hope that by participating in the recreation program, residents will enjoy the beauty of our watershed and reflect on the importance of protecting our local water resources,” said Chris Graziano, vice president and general manager of SUEZ operations in New York.
This year’s program introduces a number of enhancements that are designed to make participants’ experiences more enjoyable. Two new trails have been established along the Oradell Reservoir and informational kiosks about the watershed have been erected in Haworth and Emerson, New Jersey. Program participants will also receive a “Reservoir Ranger” Junior Naturalist Activity Book for children between the ages of six and 12 that features interactive learning opportunities about watershed locations. Finally, a new family permit has been introduced so that everyone in a household can enjoy the program at a reduced fee.
Wheelchair accessible areas are located at Lake Tappan and Woodcliff Lake.
Permit holders who intend to fish must have valid New York and/or New Jersey state fishing licenses.
Individuals who are interested in purchasing a Watershed Recreation Program permit can apply online at www.suezwatershed.com. The website also features a downloadable Watershed Recreation Brochure, which highlights key information on watershed locations as well as the types of wildlife that can be observed throughout the properties.
Residents who wish to receive an application through the mail may call SUEZ at 201-767-7300 X 3208.
SUEZ provides water service to approximately 500,000 people in Rockland and Westchester counties in New York and 850,000 people in Bergen, Hudson, Sussex, Passaic and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey. SUEZ North America operates across all 50 states and Canada with 3,430 employees dedicated to environmental sustainability and leading the resource revolution. The company owns 15 regulated water utilities, provides contracted public-private partnership services to 84 municipalities, offers water treatment and advanced network solutions to 16,000 industrial and municipal sites, provides drinking water, wastewater and waste collection service to nearly 7.5 million people on a daily basis, processes 55,000 tons of waste for recycling and manages $3.3 billion in total assets. The company posted revenues of $1.1 billion in 2014 and is a subsidiary of Paris-based SUEZ.
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