Bus Tours

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, 100+ miles apart, is forged by water. It’s an extraordinarily complicated and fascinating story—and if you drink NYC water or spend time in the Catskills, it’s a story worth knowing.

Join a bus tour to 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 past tours called the experience “mind blowing,” “wonderful and informative” and “riveting”! Tours were cancelled in 2020 and 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but will resume in 2022.

Bus tour speakers in 2019 included:

Diane Galusha, author of Liquid Assets: A History of New York City’s Water System. She is president of the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown, and recently retired after 21 years as communications director and education coordinator at the Catskill Watershed Corporation.

Adam Bosch, Director of Public Affairs for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). In this role, Adam is charged with broadly sharing information about the City’s water supply with members of the public, local journalists, elected officials, and through education programs. Before joining DEP in 2012, Adam was a journalist in New York for more than a decade.

Marianne Greenfield, Historian for the town of Delhi, is a specialist in gravestone and monument restoration. She recently worked with the DEP to restore gravestones at the Pepacton Cemetery in Andes, NY, and restored the Barnum Family Cemetery in Brewster, NY. She is the owner of Gravestone Cleaning Services.

Wendell George, Executive Director of the Catskill Mountain Club, is a long time advocate for conservation and environmental protection. A life-long hiker, he is paying it forward by helping to build new trails in the Catskills. He has completed the Catskills All Trails Challenge and is a regular and winter member of theCatskill 3500 Club.

Tim Koch, Stream Educator and Aaron Bennett, Environmental Planner, Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program. AWSMP works to maintain the health of streams in the Ashokan Reservoir Watershed. The AWSMP aims to improve stream stability and reduce erosion threats to water quality and infrastructure, mitigate potential damage from flooding, and enhance aquatic and riparian habitat. 

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