BUS TOURS: Views From the Watershed

Saturday July 13 & Saturday August 3, 2019

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Join us for a bus tour that explores the landscape, history, and politics of the NYC water supply in the Catskills. NYC’s water supply has shaped the Catskills’ landscape and economy for more than a century. The relationship between the two places, 150 miles apart, is forged by water. It’s an extraordinarily complicated and fascinating history. If you spend time in the Catskills or drink NYC water, it’s a story worth knowing.

Learn how water shapes the past, present, and future of the Catskills. We’ll visit the two largest reservoirs in the system, the Ashokan and the Pepacton, and resonant places in between. We’ll hear stories of the watershed that run from the profound to the everyday, from tour leader Lize Mogel, with special guests including local historians, naturalists, water experts, and others. Participants on July's tour called the experience "mind blowing," "wonderful and informative" and "riveting"!

Tickets are $25, and there's an option to pre-purchase a box lunch. We'll leave at 10am from the Catskills Visitor Center in Mount Tremper and return by 4:30pm. Purchase your tickets here!


Who should go on these bus tours?
These tours are ideal for newer or part-time residents of the Catskills, and for anyone who drinks NYC water.

How do you define "part-time resident"?
You own a second home in the Catskills; or rent a weekend or summer home, apartment, or other type of living space on a regular basis.

Is this tour good for kids?
Probably not, unless your child or teen is really into history and infrastructure.

Where will we go?
The tour travels mostly along Route 28, visiting the Ashokan and Pepacton reservoirs and sites in between, including the Pepacton Cemetery and the banks of the Esopus Creek.

Who are the "special guests"?
We'll be joined by watershed historian Diane Galusha, Adam Bosch of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, historian and grave restorer Marianne Greenfield, the Catskill Mountain Club, and the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program. You can read more about them here.

Are we going to be on the bus the entire time?
Definitely not! We will get out of the bus five times during the tour and walk around a little. Terrain can be uneven and occasionally rocky, so please wear appropriate shoes and bring a walking stick if that's helpful.

What about lunch?
You can pre-purchase a box lunch from Bite Me Bakery in Phoenicia, or bring your own. If you're coming on the August tour, please buy your ticket soon, as you need to place your lunch order by July 26th.

What happens if it rains?
The tour will go on! We'll ask you to bring rain gear, and will have the option of staying on the bus at stops. Extreme weather will cancel the tour.

Can I bring my dog (or other pet) on the tour?
Sorry, no animals allowed on the bus. If you work with a service animal please contact us.

More questions? Contact lize (at) publicgreen (dot) com.