PERSONAL: NYC WATERSHED
“If the Ashokan [Reservoir] is not the one true source of the city's drinking water, akin to Perrier's Vergèze or the original Poland Spring, it is still evocative shorthand for the sprawling upstate waterworks that have long quenched New York's thirst. The city has the largest drinking-water system in the country, an engineering feat on a par with the Panama Canal, delivering 1.2 billion gallons of water a day through 300 miles of tunnels and aqueducts and 6,000 miles of distribution mains.”
Elizabeth Royte, author of “Garbage Land” on the secret trail of trash.
This project will focus on documenting the preservation and management of the New York City Watershed, with an emphasis on Water Quality, Economic Development, Environmental Conservation and Community Preservation. "Keeping the Balance" was conceived of in order to enhance popular awareness of environmental issues surrounding the New York City Watershed and it's frailty. "Keeping the Balance" aims to help promote positive growth in the watershed, highlight the importance of watershed management in relation to human health and preservation, and to provoke the community at large to take action.