Raise a Glass to 100 Years of Clean New York City Water

Social Media Campaign to Thank Catskill Families

CATSKILLS & NEW YORK CITY—This October marks the 100th anniversary of the date when people in all five New York City boroughs celebrated receiving some of the cleanest unfiltered water in the world from the Catskill Mountains through a complex network of aqueducts, reservoirs and tunnels, which channels water from upstate into their homes.

The New York City water supply system currently services eight million New York City residents and one million residents in Westchester, Putnam, Orange, and Ulster counties. It is a major engineering feat and a boon to city dwellers and visitors, but it was also a hardship to many Catskill families who were relocated¾losing their homes, land, and communities¾to accommodate excavation and construction of the water supply system.

Louisa Floyd and her grandson Elias Wilkes, of Brooklyn, Raise a Glass to 100 Years of Catskill Water. From now through Saturday, October 14, Radical Joy for Hard Times invites people to post social media photos of themselves, their friends, family (or even pets) raising a glass of clean NYC water to thank the people of the Catskills for the gift of clean drinking water, and to tag @CatskillsWater and use the hashtags #RaiseAGlass of #NYCDrinkingWater #PostYourToast.
Louisa Floyd and her grandson Elias Wilkes, of Brooklyn, Raise a Glass to 100 Years of Catskill Water. From now through Saturday, October 14, Radical Joy for Hard Times invites people to post social media photos of themselves, their friends, family (or even pets) raising a glass of clean NYC water to thank the people of the Catskills for the gift of clean drinking water, and to tag @CatskillsWater and use the hashtags #RaiseAGlass of #NYCDrinkingWater #PostYourToast.
 

To celebrate the centennial of New York City’s clean water and to acknowledge the sacrifices that have made it possible, Radical Joy for Hard Times is hosting the social media campaign: Raise a Glass to 100 Years of Catskill Water.

From now through Saturday, October 14, people throughout the NYC watershed are invited to take photos of themselves, their friends, family (or even pets) raising a glass of clean New York City water to toast and to thank the people of the Catskills for the gift of clean drinking water.

The campaign invites people to post their photos on social media and to tag @CatskillsWater on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and use the hashtags #RaiseAGlass #NYCDrinkingWater #PostYourToast. Additional hashtags may include #RadicalJoyForHardTimes #ToastCatskillsWater #CatskillsWater #Ashokan #AshokanReservoir #NYCWaterways #WaterProtection.

Submitted photos will be included in a commemorative book that Radical Joy for Hard Times will give to descendants of displaced Catskill families.

The non-profit Radical Joy for Hard Times is a worldwide community of people dedicated to bringing meaning, beauty and value to places that have been damaged by human or natural acts.


“Our mission is to recognize the grief people feel when the places they love are damaged, and to find ways of creating art and new meaning there,” says Radical Joy for Hard Times Executive Director Trebbe Johnson.

“‘Raise a Glass to 100 Years of Catskill Water’ calls attention to those two polarities as they’ve affected a pair of very different communities that have been intricately connected for a hundred years,” adds Polly Howells, a Catskills resident and Radical Joy for Hard Times Board Member.

Source: Raise a Glass to 100 Years of Catskill Water www.radicaljoyforhardtimes.org

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