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Posted in Fresh Water, New York Harbor, Water, tagged aruba, erik baard, fracking, hudson river, hydraulic fracturing, hydrofracking, natural gas, oral history, Water, world war on July 28, 2012| Leave a Comment »
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged adventure triathlon, baard, cannonsville, catskill, delaware county, dep, dick bower, erik, gas, hydraulic fracturing, hydrofracking, marcellus, mountains, natural resources, nature calendar, new york, nrdc, nyc, reservoir, shale, tap, triathlon, Water, watershed on April 20, 2011| Leave a Comment »
On June 5, race across a pristine lake and then drink it from your tap!
New York City’s drinking water comes from a vast system of reservoirs and lakes stewarded by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection. They’re as picturesque as any scene you’ll find pasted across well-marketed bottled water, nestled in green ancient mountains and fed by spring thaws. Photographer Dick Bower has shared the beauty of the reservoir and lake system, and the region in which they rest, extensively in his online gallery.
Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries the municipal government and nonprofit partners purchased vast acreages of forest to naturally filter the water. The system is so effective that NYC tap water needn’t be artificially filtered at the source, which saves taxpayers billions of dollars (home filters primarily address deposits from old building pipes).
Recently public awareness of this precious resource has been raised by controversy over the demand for natural gas drilling in the same region, which is hurting economically while sitting atop a vast expanse of gas-rich shale deposits. In particular, the practice called hydraulic fracturing (or “hydrofracking”) has alarmed environmentalists because of its record of contaminating water tables and damaging wildlife habitats. Specialized groups have formed to object to the practice, and established organizations like the Natural Resources Defense Council have taken up the cause.
The Cannonsville Adventure Triathlon educates people about the New York City water supply in a brilliantly apolitical way. This event features a 10k run, 4 mile paddle, and 12 mile bike set amid the crystal waters of the Cannonsville Reservoir and rolling Catskill Mountain forests in Delaware County, NY. Whether you’re inspired to compete or would enjoy cheering the athletes through their course, you’ll have a blast getting to know each other and your water. Camping over the weekend is encouraged!