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Croton Water Supply Returns to Service as Filtration Plant Comes Online

photo from NYCWater's Flickr account

A new chapter opened in the long history of the New Croton Aqueduct with the May 8 announcement by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection that it is once again providing water to the city. The 33-mile-long New Croton opened in 1890. It is three times larger than the Old Croton and lies further east and deeper underground. Generally providing about 10% of the water supply, it can provide up to about a third when the need arises.

New Bridge to End Deegan Detour in Van Cortlandt Park

A new pedestrian bridge connecting the Shandler Recreation Area and Croton Woods in Van Cortlandt Park will reconnect two large parts of the park that were cut apart by the 1950s construction of the Major Deegan Expressway. The bridge, if not directly on the Old Croton Aqueduct, will be so close to it that in effect it will also reconnect the trail, eliminating the detour to 233rd St. that has bedeviled Aqueduct walkers for decades.

I Love My Park Day 2015 - Success!


The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct congratulate and thank the 60 volunteers, community co-sponsors and corporate donors who worked together along with the Aqueduct State Park crew on May 2nd to make the fourth annual I Love My Park Day on the Old Croton Aqueduct trail outstanding, productive and very enjoyable neighborhood events.

May 2 is "I Love My Park" day

Join Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct to

Lop Vines
Remove Invasive Plants & Bushes
Learn invasive plant ID & pruning/removal techniques
Restore with native plants

Register in advance at
Walk-ins also welcome

Photo Album of Yonkers Cleanup 2015

300 people at the event, 13.5 tons of garbage/debris picked up that day.
now, the clean-up zone for the day was only 3/8 of a mile long, so that gives you an idea of the extent of the problem.

Check out our PHOTO ALBUM of last week's Cleanup of the Trail in Yonkers.

This weekend: Annual Yonkers Trail Cleanup Day

We’re hoping for a big turnout of volunteers, like our wonderful group from last year. It’s satisfying and fun, See you there!

Join Mayor Mike Spano and local volunteers in beautifying our section of the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail.

Please pre-register by emailing or by calling (914) 377-6429. Volunteers may also sign up at the event.

WHEN - Saturday April 18

9:30 AM Registration – Parks Department
285 Nepperhan Avenue
9:45 AM – Press Conference

Friends Annual Meeting: Large Cities and the Natural World with Lecture by Sidney Horenstein

Please attend our Annual Meeting on Sunday, April 12 at 2pm.

The relationship of large cities to the natural world is a mass of contradictions. Cities replace habitats with manmade structures of steel and concrete and consume vast amounts of resources from far beyond their
limits. Ironically, cities also represent the last best hope for conserving healthy remnants of the world’s species and ecosystems, and play a crucial role in combating environmental destruction elsewhere.

Heroes of the Trail

Left to right: Steven Oakes, Historic Site Manager; Tony Failla and Jeff Litwinowicz. Photo: Linda Cooper

New ways to enjoy the Aqueduct trail

photo: Oliver Lednicer

Cross-country skiing and snow shoeing are suddenly popular. A few years ago, walkers who saw me on my skis used to ask “ Where do you get skis like that?” Now the tracks on the trail are already formed when I get out on an afternoon. Snow-shoe tracks are even more prevalent sometimes breaking up the smoother ski tracks.

Winter Work at KH is ongoing

If you’ve walked or skied by the Keeper’s House on these cold winter days, you may be wondering what progress is being made. You can see that the gaping east wall is being filled with appropriate bricks. You may be aware that every effort is being made to use the original bricks for repairs to keep the integrity of the house. If we run short of old bricks, some can be rescued from an unnecessary chimney. The other worrisome exterior problem is the southwest corner. You’ll see the scaffolding – a good sign of work in progress.

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