The story of the development over half a century of the Catskill-Delaware Water Supply which provides a billion gallons of water a day to 9 million people in New York and four upstate counties. The talk will cover the monumental engineering and construction challenges in building 6 great reservoirs and as many monstrous tunnels to carry the water from the mountains to the city. It will also describe the impact on the region where 26 communities were sacrificed for ‘the greater good.’
Diane Galusha is the author of Liquid Assets: A History of New York City’s Water System, originally published by Purple Mountain Press in 1999 and republished in an expanded edition in 2016. She is the Communications Director at the Catskill Watershed Corp. and lives in Margaretville, not far from the Pepacton Reservoir.