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Tuesday, May 8 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
PRESENTATION: The Re-purposing of Two Rural Towns for New York City's Water Supply Watershed, and Challenges in Historic Geographic Analysis

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AUTHORS: Neil Curri, PVE, LLC; April Beisaw, Vassar College

ABSTRACT: New York City began creating its distant watershed with the construction of the Croton Dam at Yorktown in 1837. Over the next 150 years, subsequent reservoirs would displace thousands from homes and businesses by submerging land and by regulating land uses within the larger watersheds. In this study, we attempt to measure the impacts of the New York City watersheds on two rural communities (Town of Olive in Ulster County and Town of Kent in Putnam County) in terms of lost land for businesses, farmsteads, villages, roads, etc. A series of maps show how the watershed permanently changed the composition and character of both communities, and encourage new dialogue regarding the acceptable costs of water management programs. There are many challenges when using archival sources to generate historic geographic analyses, but the long-term perspectives that can be generated (here maps show over 100 years of changes) are well worth the added effort.

Tuesday May 8, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm
Room 205

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