The Ridgewood Reservoir got a new year’s present: additional environmental protections.
Before the calendar flipped to 2019, the state Department of Environmental Conservation designed the reservoir as a Class I freshwater wetland, according to NYC H2O.
That designation means all three basins of the reservoir bordering Brooklyn and Queens will be “permanently protected as a natural area.”
According to NYC H2O, wetlands are some of the most productive natural ecosystems. They’re protected by the federal Clean Water Act of 1972, and New York’s Freshwater Protection Act of 1975.
The state DEC designates Class 1 protections to a waterbody only when threatened and endangered species have been observed on site.
NYC H2O says the following are listed as threatened/endangered:
• Late flowering boneset (Eupatorium serotinum)
• Fringes boneset (Eupatorium hyssopifolium var laciniatum)
• Globe-fruited ludwigia (Ludwigia sphaerocarpa)
• Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)
• Pied-Billed Grebe (podilymbus podiceps).