A pair of Pied-Billed Grebes (diving birds) was recently observed in Basin #2 of the Ridgewood Reservoir exhibiting breeding behavior. This means they could be nesting there and may produce young.
Remember recent talk by Parks honchos that Basins 1 & 2 of the Ridgewood Reservoir would be a nature preserve and only part of Basin 3 will contain an open area for recreation that would not disturb wildlife? Well, a rendering found on the website of the architect hired by Parks for this project* shows otherwise and is below.
According to Parks, preserving nature these days means allowing people in boats (on 4 feet of water) to harass wildlife. It also means carving zip lines through ecologically sensitive areas. How many native trees will be removed so that the adventurous can propel themselves across Basin 1? And check out that "open area". Those sure look like outlines of much-denied baseball fields to me. The museum and nature center mentioned in the blurb on Mark K. Morrison's website do not appear in the rendering, either.
But the most blatant hypocrisy on the part of the City is the accommodation for parking in Basin #3. What happened to going "green"? Makes a lot of sense to take parking off asphalt streets where it belongs and encourage it in a nature preserve where there's already a greenway for bikes, doesn't it? And spend millions of dollars knocking down a wall to do so! What will you maroons think of next?
Now forget everything you just saw. The Parks Department remains adamant that they do not yet have a plan for the Ridgewood Reservoir. So, of course, we should believe them.
*Now mysteriously deleted from architect's website. (Thank God for the ability to create screenshots!)