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Join us for "The Swarm" Saturday, November 16th

The Friends, along with Groundwork Hudson Valley's Saw Mill River Coalition and many many others invite all vine cutters to come together
to attack one big vine area, make a visible difference, and generally have a good time!


Get Ready for a Spring Ground-Breaking!

This year, in anticipation of a gala ground breaking for the reconstruction work on the Keeper’s House in Spring 2014, the Friends are saving energy and funds for that important event. Aquefest often loses money for us unless we get a grant, and much as we all love the fun , we have to be sensible. And the big news that work on the Keeper’s House will soon begin demands we plan for a big event!

Keeper's House Restoration Job is Out to Bid!


On August 26th, 2013 the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) publicly advertised in the NYS Contract Reporter for sealed bid for the Restoration/Rehabilitation of the Overseer's House in Dobbs Ferry, NY. The work includes restoration and rehabilitation of historic building as an interpretive and education center and park office.

FOCA supports the Protect the Palisades Coalition

Press Release: Proposed LG Building Would Mar Palisades, Image Shows

Englewood Cliffs, N. J. – July 30, 2013 – Today, Protect the Palisades released visual simulations taken from the George Washington Bridge showing that LG's proposed 143-foot tower would destroy the Palisades vista. The images, which provide “Before” and “After” views, stand in stark contrast to LG's claims to the contrary.

Preservation Work Assures Croton Aqueduct Double Arch Bridge Another Hundred Years

Photo: Mavis Cain, Gary Ricci, Manager of Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park, Sammy Singh who worked on the bridge and Robert Kornfeld.

By Andrea Minoff

33rd Annual Volunteer Spirit Awards on April 26, 2013

The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct were pleased to be given the Going Green Spirit Award by the Volunteer Center of United Way. The award recognized the Friends’ work in promoting and protecting the 26.2 miles of green which is the Aqueduct trail.

One of the ways the Friends spread awareness of the importance of the Aqueduct is by giving lectures and programs that tell the story of how the Aqueduct was built between in five short years ( 1837 to 1842 ) to bring life saving fresh water to New York City.

James Bremner's Gravestone is back together!

The Friends are thrilled that Bremner’s stone was the first to be repaired in the historic Little White Cemetery in Dobbs Ferry.

Bremner was the first keeper and superintendent of the Aqueduct Trail in the 4th district. He was responsible for daily maintenance and annual inspection of every foot of the interior in his area. He was stationed and housed in the Keeper’s House in Dobbs Ferry from the late 1840’s to his death in 1872. He lived there with his wife and two stepdaughters and must have used the old barn on Walnut street.

Aqueduct Cleanup Day April 21

All hands on Yonkers! The big Aqueduct Clean-up Day, April 21, was a huge success.

Bamboo? Just Say No!

Please think twice. Please think three times.
Please don't plant bamboo anywhere near the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail.

In fact, nothing at all should be planted inside the 60-foot-wide state park boundaries! If in doubt ask the State Park Manager, Gary Ricci, Tel. 914 693 5259.

What's especially wrong with bamboo barriers? Bamboo knows no borders. Even from deep inside your back yard, bamboo roots will quickly decamp for the Aqueduct! They invade and loosen the tunnel brickwork underneath the trail. They threaten the structural integrity of the aqueduct.

Standing-Room-Only Crowd at FOCA Annual Meeting

Photos by Fred Charles

At the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct's Annual meeting, held on April 7 at the Irvington Public Library, a standing-room-only crowd listened to High Bridge Restoration project manager Bryan Diffley's account of the bridge's history and rehabilitation plans.

Bryan Diffley, Charlotte Fahn, Bob Kornfeld and Mavis Cain.

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