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.  Eight 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 delicious NYC water and toasting the people of the Catskills for this precious gift. If you’d like to say anything in thanks, please do. Otherwise just send us your photo and general location.

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 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! 


Arm-Of-The-Sea Theater 
is partnering with the Catskill Watershed Corporation to mark the 100th anniversary of the Ashokan Reservoir with a performance of CITY THAT DRINKS THE MOUNTAIN SKY—Part 2. The new play incorporates puppetry, live music and larger-than-life characters to explore the ongoing challenges faced by the largest unfiltered pubicly-owned water supply system on the planet. 

14 Oct 2017 – 1:00 PM ~ 2:00 PM
(In case of inclement weather, the performance will be rescheduled for Sunday, Oct. 15)

2389 Route 28A
Just east of the DEP Police
Olivebridge, NY



Polly Howells-845-657-6549



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