The building of the Catskill Water System is the tale of heroism and heartbreak, political maneuvering, lost villages, brilliant engineering and a power struggle between New York City and the Catskills. Completed in stages between 1915 and 1926, the Ashokin and Schoharie Reservoirs were built by thousands of stone cutters, bridge builders, railroad workers, tunnel diggers and mule drivers.
The Ashokan Reservoir is a reservoir in Ulster County, NY. The reservoir is in the eastern end of the Catskill Park, and is one of several reservoirs created to provide the City of New York with water. However, it is one of only two reservoirs in the Catskill Watershed. It is also New York City's deepest reservoir, being over 190 feet. Primary inflow is the Esopus Creek and outflow.
To accommodate it, nine villages were either removed or obliterated forever. These included West Hurley, Ashton, Glenford, Brown's Station, Olive, Brodhead Bridge, Shokan, West Shokan and Boiceville.
|Old Town of West Hurley|
After 9/11, the New York City water supply once again became big news. To protect the Ashokan Reservoir, barricades and police officers were placed along strategic points.