On July 15 the Friends participated in New York State’s Invasive Species Awareness Week by hosting a workshop on Invasive Species at the Keeper’s House. Workshop leaders Diane Alden and Daria Gregg have participated in surveying the entire Westchester section of the Aqueduct trail, are Wildflower Guides at Teatown and have adopted sections of the Aqueduct near their homes where they have been working for many years to control invasive plants and to do restoration planting with native species. Diane is an amateur naturalist and Daria is a Citizen Scientist at the NY Botanic
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct stalwarts Mavis Cain, Eddie Jabbour, Michael Ambrozek and Angelica Campoverde braved a chill, drizzly day to represent the Friends at the May 12 “Highbridge Rocks Community Festival” in Manhattan's Highbridge Park, organized by NYC Parks & Recreation. Our contingent took turns introducing local residents to the Aqueduct story at the Friends' table or leading walks on the High Bridge and the area near the fabled Coogan's Bluff. Many local residents were totally unaware of the Aqueduct trail and its link with the bridge.
With the completion of the Croton Reservoir and Aqueduct in 1842 the City of New York held what had been called the largest celebration in its history. Part of that celebration included the presentation of silver medals, engraved and struck by New York City medalist Robert Lovett Sr., to individuals involved in the project and the celebration. Exactly how many were awarded is not known but they were awarded to the 17 Alderman as well as other dignitaries. And how many still exist is unknown as they appear very rarely in the numismatic marketplace.