Views from the Watershed tours explore 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.
Since we can’t meet in person this year, this “virtual tour” will introduce you to the landscape, history, and politics of the NYC drinking water system and watershed. Start from the earliest entry for the best experience here, or follow along on Instagram.
Tours were cancelled in 2020 and 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but will resume in 2022.
Two pilot Views from the Watershed tours were launched in Summer 2019. Participants learned how water shapes the past, present, and future of the Catskills. We visited the two largest reservoirs in the system, the Ashokan and the Pepacton, and resonant places in between. We heard stories of the watershed that ran from the profound to the everyday from tour leader Lize Mogel and special guests including local historians, water experts, and others. Participants called the experience “mind blowing,” “wonderful and informative” and “riveting”!