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Building the Kensico Dam and Reservoir

The NYC Board of Water Supply annual reports tell a fascinating story about how the Catskill Water System was planned, designed, and built, and includes many photographs showing how the work progressed. The early years focus on the realization that the recently completed Croton System will soon be inadequate, consider options for building one or more new reservoir systems, and go through the planning work for building the reservoirs and aqueduct to bring the water from the Catskill Mountains to New York City. The next few years chronicle the rapid construction of the system and include pictures of the dams and other structures as they were being built. Finally the later years include pictures of the pristine new facilities and discuss landscaping plans.

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