FOCA Annual Meeting - Catskill Aqueduct

FOCA Annual Meeting - Catskill Aqueduct

Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 2:00pm

Surveyors on Storm King Mountain plot route of Catskill Aqueduct across the Hudson, 1907. (NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection)

When Croton water wasn’t enough, New York looked to the Catskills

Catskill water has been flowing to taps in New York City for a century.

Learn how the city, pressured by the needs of a growing population, added to the Croton water supply by harnessing the free-running streams in the mountains to the northwest. Common to both efforts were social upheaval and engineering hurdles. In the Catskills, this meant building colossal dams and an aqueduct that plunged 1,100 feet beneath the bed of the Hudson.

DIANE GALUSHA is communications director and education coordinator for the Catskill Watershed Corp. She has authored five books of local and regional history, including Liquid Assets: A History of the New York City Water System, and is President of the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown, Delaware County. Catskill water has been flowing to taps in New York City for a century.

May 1, 2016 at 2pm
121 North Broadway, Tarrytown


Metro-North’s Tarrytown Station (Hudson Line)

  • The talk will be preceded by a brief business meeting.
  • Free and open to the public
  • Light refreshments
  • Copies of the second edition of Liquid Assets will be on sale.

If the Warner Library's parking lot on the north side of the building (entrance on Route 9/Broadway) is full, there is street parking in the neighborhood and a public parking lot at McKeel Ave., one block south of the library at McKeel Ave. Turn left onto McKeel from Route 9 for the entrance, which will be on your left. On Sundays it's not necessary to use the parking meters.