by Guest Blogger, Daria Gregg
People wonder out loud and to themselves why I spend good money and time taking out the invasives on my adopted section of the Old Croton Aqueduct. Reasons are complicated and intertwine with other interests. When my husband died and I became semi-retired about fifteen years ago, I decided to do something I had been meaning to do for a long time, I volunteered as a Wildflower Guide at Teatown Lake Reservation. As I learned about the local fauna and lovely flowers that inhabit our Northeast woods, I came to appreciate the complex web of life they create, but not understood by most of us, because we have been too busy making a living or enjoying the numerous distractions of modern life.

Charlotte Fahn

A marvelous new attraction opened Wednesday evening, April 14, in the village of Ossining: a concrete walkway that lets visitors stroll in the Sing Sing Kill's rocky gorge, with the stream rushing along beneath it and trees clinging to the sides. The new walkway is ADA-compliant, has steel railings along its full length - which is about one third of a mile. You return the way you came.

For Aqueduct enthusiasts: from the walkway you can easily see, emerging from a hillside, the fat pipe through which diverted Croton water flowed when the gate was lowered in the weir, above on the top deck of the Double Arch bridge. You can see where the diverted water poured into the Kill.


Share your passion for and knowledge of the Aqueduct trail and Rivertowns area

Are you comfortable speaking and working with the public?

Can you devote three hours on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday to work with Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct at their new Keeper's House visitor center in Dobbs Ferry?

To learn more, we invite potential volunteer docents to a question-and-answer gathering on March 31, 7:30, at the Keeper's House, 15 Walnut St., Dobbs Ferry, between Broadway/Route 9 and Main St.

Questions? Email Tom Tarnowsky: or Lesley Walter:


No need to peer thru fences anymore......the trail in Yonkers will open soon!

Mavis Cain

The Friends were thrilled to be asked to give a presentation on February 28 at Wave Hill, the amazing 28 acre estate in the Riverdale section of the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River. Since Wave Hill is within NYC city limits, the neighborhood is not one where we have many members. Although many of us know Wave Hill well as individuals, it is new territory for our outreach. We were not entirely confident of a good audience.

But what a turnout we had! 115 people attended!

The main hall, looking out over the river, filled up fast 20 minutes before the scheduled presentation. Our good friends at Wave Hill hustled to set up more chairs to accommodate about 80 visitors. Mavis Cain and Tom Tarnowsky worked as a team – with Mavis giving the human interest side of creating this 19th Century engineering miracle, and Tom showing his surprising and even somewhat obscure, collection of photos, and engravings, while giving facts that few people know.