Raise A Glass to the Catskills

A Centennial Commemoration of the Catskills Water System

One hundred years ago, people in all five boroughs of New York City were able to turn on their taps and receive some of the cleanest unfiltered water of any city in the world.

Although this engineering feat was a boon to New Yorkers, it was a severe hardship to many families in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York, who lost their homes, land, and communities when local waters were harnessed to create the reservoir system.

What went unmentioned then, were the sacrifices citizens of the Catskills had made to send this water to the city.  Eleven towns were erased, people’s houses and livelihoods obliterated, and psychic wounds were sustained that have moved down the generations, even to this day.

This October, we would like to share, with the descendants of these impacted families, a message of gratitude in recognition for the pain their ancestors suffered. 

Between now and then we invite you to raise a glass to the Catskills. 

If you would like us to include your thanks in a printed commemorative offering, please email your photo to our team


@ ToastCatskillsWater@gmail.com  

On Social Media:

Post a picture of yourself raising a glass of NYC water, turning north, and thanking the people of the Catskills for the gift of NYC drinking water.

tag us @CatskillsWater on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter so we can find you! 

RadJoy commemorates the water, recognizing both hard times and great joy, joining events and hosting initiatives designed to bridge the two communities.

Remembering the water that bridges the people of these communities and offers us unique opportunity to join together to ensure that the Catskills, its forests and waters remain pristine. There are many people, organizations and grassroots efforts in New York, working to protect the waters. Let’s meet each other and grow the mission! 


Raise a glass of Catskills Water Take a photo, tag us and tell us about yourself!

Are you a poet? An actor? An environmentalist? A student, or perhaps a teacher?

                  NYC: Introduce yourself to the people who live where your water comes from.

 Upstate: Meet the people drinking the water where it meets the tap.

Find and TAG Us @CatskillsWater



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Arm-Of-The-Sea Theater is partnering with the Catskill Watershed Corporation to mark the 100th anniversary of the Ashokan Reservoir with the preimere of the sequel to CITY THAT DRINKS THE MOUNTAIN SKY. The new play incorporates puppetry, live music and larger-than-life characters to explore the ongoing challenges faces by the largest unfiltered pubiclly-owned water supply system on the planet. Exact performance location to be announced. 

When: 14 Oct 2017 – 02:00 PM ~ 03:00 PM (In case of inclement weather, the performance will be re-schduled for Sunday, Oct. 15)

Where: At the Ashokan Reservoir, Olivebridge, NY (Exact Location To Be Announced)

We are excited to support this event as it coincides with our vision to bring awareness to the community about this relationship. 


“A Circle To Honor The Waters that Quench New York”

Radical Joy For Hard Times will join people around the globe to Imagine A Day Without Water and Raise A Glass to the Catskills. Bring an instrument, a poem, a song or a prayer and your vision for the waters of the Earth. We will collaborating on a natural art piece—a RadJoy Bird —the signature gift that we will leave behind at a reminder that every place, like every person, already has everything that’s needed to transform what is ugly or neglected into what is beautiful and even joyful..

**Bring bring anything you would like to add, twigs, stones, leaves, sand, even trash that you find n your way into the park.

When: Thursday October 12th, Noon til?

Where: Central Park (Exact Location To Be Announced)





Krista Gromalski

Rachel Marco-Havens 805.931.6873