Catskill Aqueduct

Friday, May 19, at 7pm
Marbletown Community Center

The Catskill Aqueduct:  A Century of Service will be the topic when Diane Galusha, author of Liquid Assets: A History of New York City’s Water System, will offer an illustrated presentation focusing on the 92-mile underground aqueduct which carries the combined waters of the Schoharie and Ashokan Reservoirs to consumers in New York City and in communities as far north as Ulster County.

The aqueduct was completed in 1917, an accomplishment celebrated that autumn by three days of concerts, parades and festivities when elaborate public fountains were turned on to welcome abundant, clean Catskill Mountain water to the city. The aqueduct was dearly bought, costing $162 million and 283 lives. It is an engineering feat that still sets heads to spinning:  it is gravity alone that propels water from the Ashokan Reservoir town the tube to Kensico reservoir in Westchester County, to Hillview in Yonkers, and beyond, plunging deep beneath the Hudson River where brave men and powerful dynamite pierced ancient bedrock between Storm King and Breakneck Mountains.

Learn about the brains, and the brawn, behind this achievement, and find out how well the Catskill Aqueduct has fared over a century of continuous service.

Diane Galusha, author of several books on local and regional history, is on the staff at the Catskill Watershed Corp. She is the founding president of the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown, Delaware County.

Copies of the book, republished in an expanded edition in 2016 by Purple Mountain Press of Fleischmanns. See Free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase and signing.