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Author Talk, Lucy Sante, Nineteen Reservoirs: On their Creation and the Promise of Water for New York City- co-sponsored with the NSHS


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  • Date/Time: Sunday, November 6th, 2022 from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
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Author Talk, Nineteen Reservoirs: on their Creation and the Promise of Water for New York City by Lucy Sante – co- sponsored with the NSHS

nineteen reservoirs


From 1907 to 1967, a network of reservoirs and aqueducts was built across more than one million acres in upstate New York, including Greene, Delaware, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties. This feat of engineering served to meet New York City’s ever-increasing need for water, sustaining its inhabitants and cementing it as a center of industry. West of the Hudson, it meant that twenty-six villages, with their farms, forest lands, orchards, and quarries, were bought for a fraction of their value, demolished, and submerged, profoundly altering ecosystems in ways we will never fully appreciate.

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