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____LAST OF THE HANDMADE DAMS
Steuding, Bob. The complete story of the conception, relocation of residents and construction of the Ashokan Reservoir. with footnotes, bibliography, index, B&W photos and a fold-out map128pp P $12.50
_____Liquid Assets: A History of NYC's Water System
Diane Galusha. Explores the technical, political and social history of this great system, from the days when springs and wells supplied the 17th-century Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam, to the carving of huge storage reservoirs and subterranean aqueducts as much as 120 miles from the metropolis of millions. Nor does the book leave out the most recent accomplishments: The building of mammoth City Water Tunnel #3 currently under construction; and the implementation of the 1997 New York City Watershed Memorandum of Agreement, the landmark pact designed to protect the city's water while preserving upstate communities in its watershed both cast and west of the Hudson River. You may recall the years of discord and debate preceding this agreement between the city, upstate interests and numerous governmental and environmental entities. journalist Diane Galusha was among those who closely followed the negotiations, wishing there was a single, reliable source of information about the development of the sprawling water system that would put the precedent- setting talks in historic context. Finding none, she produced Liquid Assets, which will serve as a valuable reference tool. A detailed appendix contains statistical analyses of all 24 reservoirs in the Croton, Catskill and Delaware Systems; the aqueducts and tunnels that transport water to the city; and the distribution network that delivers 1.3 billion gallons of water a day to nine million consumers. There are maps, a thorough index, and an extensive bibliography of sources. 303 pages, 182 illustrations, 8.5 x 11, laminated hardcover $37.00
_____NYC Reservoirs in the Catskill Mts Guide to Fishing Waters
Glenn, Austin, C. 30 fold out pages of maps, photos and descriptions of where & how to fish all the reservoirs. Stapled Booklet $3.50
_____Old West Hurley Revisited - A Nostalgic Tour
Allen Rowe, with an introduction by his daughter, Candy Rowe. "Old West Hurley Revisited" is a 200 page history of the village before New York City's Ashokan Reservoir waters buried it in 1917. The first part is an imagined tour which includes 65 black and white photos of various businesses and houses, (most previously unpublished) with descriptions of life at work and at home on a typical day in the early 1900's. There are four maps with a key to identify each lot and each building on it. They are cross-referenced with the photos for an easy understanding of the village layout. Then, the remaining 2/3s of the book contains a brief section of Methodist Church records and over 80 pages of a year-by-year listing of all the newspaper articles about West Hurley. This is truly a detailed examination of the life of a community now lost. With a full index, large 8x10 format, 200 pages. Paperback $20.00.
_____The Reminscences of John B. Jervis, Engineer of the Old Croton
Neal FitzSimons, editor "An illuminating commentary on the evolution of a practicing engineer in early Americana. The major episodes are connected with . . . the early projects in Jervis' career, such as the Erie Canal, the Delaware and Hudson Company, the Mohawk and Hudson Railroad, and especially the Croton Aqueduct.... Mr. Neil FitzSimons, a modern engineer with an interest in history, has contributed an excellent Introduction, and ample explanatory notes to bring this work into perspective." New York History. 206 pages Hardcover $29.95
_____The Shandaken Tunnel
This reprint of the 1923 booklet is a brief description of the building of the world's largest tunnel for the Board of Water Supply of the City of New York's Catskill Water Supply System. The 18.2 mile tunnel connects the Ashokan and Schoharie watersheds allowing the Schoharie Reservoir to feed the NYC reservoir system. Stapled 32 pages 27 b&w photos, maps $9.95
_____WALKING THROUGH YESTERDAY IN OLD WEST HURLEY
DuMond, Frank L.. Reminiscences of a way of life in one of the towns flooded to make the Ashokan Reservoir. Thousands of these exist, but the heirs did not have the courtesy to answer my letter replying to their inquiry. Same story with Tall Tales of the Catskills - Too bad!
_____WATER FOR NEW YORK CITY
Hall, Edward. Belongs next to "Last of the Handmade Dams", this is the 300 year history of NYC's water resources culminating in the construction of the Catskill Aqueduct and the Ashokan Reservoir. As important now as in 1917. 5.5x8.5 124 pages Paperback $12.50
_____Water For New York A Study in State Administration of Water Resources
Roscoe C Martin. This is the first study of the manner in which New York State administers its water resources. It includes a history of the New York City reservoir system and water needs, and should be in the library of everyone concerned with water resource management. The author of this 1960 study was a professor at Syracuse University. Incidentially, the study concluded that New York State had ample water resources on which was spent a "good deal" of money annually, but the administration of that resource was "far from satisfactory". 264 pages maps, index Hardcover $37.95
_____also see The Concise History of Ulster County (on diskette for $10) in the e-book section for a chapter on the Ashokan and Pepacton Reservoirs
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