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. All located in Westchester, Putnam, Orange, and Ulster counties. It is a major engineering feat. Most noteworthy and a boon to city dwellers and visitors. However it was also a hardship to many Catskill families. Those who were relocated losing their homes, land, and communities. All to accommodate excavation and construction. That’s only of the water supply system.
To celebrate the centennial of New York City’s clean water. Moreover and to acknowledge the sacrifices that have made it possible. So Radical Joy for Hard Times is hosting the social media campaign. It’s called: Raise a Glass to 100 Years of Catskill Water.
From now through Saturday, October 14. They are asking people throughout the NYC watershed. For they are invited to take photos of themselves. Also their friends, family or even pets. All raising a glass of clean New York City water. Let’s toast and thank the people of the Catskills. Especially for the gift of clean drinking water.
The campaign invites people to post their photos on social media and to tag @CatskillsWater on Instagram. Also Facebook and Twitter. Finally 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. One that Radical Joy for Hard Times will give to descendants. All of displaced Catskill families.
Radical Joy for Hard Times
The non-profit Radical Joy for Hard Times is a worldwide community of people. All thereby dedicated to bringing meaning, beauty and value. Especially to places that have been damaged by human or natural acts.
“‘Raise a Glass to 100 Years of Catskill Water’ calls attention. Especially to those two polarities as they’ve affected a pair of very different communities. Moreover 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