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.


The first step in fulfilling the Friends’ New Year’s Resolution to address the problem of invasive plants on the OCA was taken on January 6th. On that Wednesday, Steven Oakes, Historic Site Manager for the OCA, drove his trusty jeep along the trail from the beginning of the Westchester section to the Croton Dam in Cortlandt, taking as passengers a group of Friends volunteers for a reconnaissance mission.

Charlotte Fahn

Roads & Bridges, a national magazine bringing industry news to engineers and contractors, has selected the High Bridge as one of its 2015 Top 10 bridges

These awards “recognize the top projects in North America.”

The editorial staff makes its selections from nominations submitted to Roads & Bridges “based on project challenges, impact to region and scope of work.”

The publication’s description of the project notes that the work was carried out “with preservation and rehabilitation methods in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Preservation of Historic Properties” and that the bridge now complies with the Americans for Disabilities Act.