Se­cu­rity cam­eras be­ing in­stalled at reser­voir

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Ariél Zangla azangla@free­manon­line.com ArielAtFree­man on Twit­ter

The new sur­veil­lance equip­ment will be placed along the dams and dikes at the Ashokan.

The in­stal­la­tion of se­cu­rity cam­eras along the dam and dikes at the Ashokan Reser­voir should not cause much dis­rup­tion for vis­i­tors, a New York City Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion spokesman says.

Adam Bosch, direc­tor of pub­lic af­fairs for the depart­ment, said por­tions of the re­cre­ation path along the reser­voir’s dam and dikes will be closed pe­ri­od­i­cally to pro­vide a safe zone around the em­ploy­ees while they in­stall the cam­eras. He said the path is sim­i­lar to a two-lane road, so the dis­rup­tion should be min­i­mal.

The Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion is in­stalling the cam­eras as part of a long­stand­ing effort to bol­ster se­cu­rity at key spots within New York City’s water sup­ply sys­tem, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease. The depart­ment’s Bureau of Po­lice & Se­cu­rity will over­see the in­stal­la­tion of the video cam­eras on poles that were in­stalled along the reser­voir pre­vi­ously.

Bosch said about two dozen cam­eras will be in­stalled. He said the poles were put up “years ago” along the 2.72 miles of path but the cam­eras and re­lated equip­ment were just re­cently pro­cured for the project.

The work is ex­pected to be­gin in early Oc­to­ber and be fin­ished by the end of the year, the re­lease said.

Sim­i­lar cam­eras have been in­stalled at other New York City reser­voirs, dams and treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties to im­prove 24-hour mon­i­tor­ing and en­sure the se­cu­rity of the water sup­ply for 9.5 mil­lion peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

Bosch said the depart­ment’s po­lice reg­u­larly pa­trol the reser­voir and the rest of the agency’s prop­erty. He said the dam and dikes are “crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture we want to keep an eye on.”

The depart­ment’s Po­lice Di­vi­sion was es­tab­lished more than 100 years ago and cur­rently has more than 200 of­fi­cers charged with pro­tect­ing New York City’s water sup­ply sys­tem, which in­cludes more than 2,000 square miles of wa­ter­shed land across nine coun­ties, hun­dreds of miles of tun­nels and aque­ducts, 14 waste­water treat­ment plants, lab­o­ra­to­ries and chlo­ri­na­tion fa­cil­i­ties.

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Part of the Ashokan Reser­voir

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