The Croton, Catskill and Delaware watersheds deliver approximately 1.4 billion gallons of pristine, unfiltered drinking water each day from 19 upstate reservoirs to more than nine million people living in New York City, Westchester, Putnam, Orange and Ulster Counties. The 6,000-mile network of subterranean aqueducts carrying the water are in various states of disrepair and threaten the City's supply of fresh water.
New York's water infrastructure, carries more than a billion gallons of clean, unfiltered water daily to more than nine million residents and is a remarkable engineering achievement and the single largest man-made financial asset in the state. It is also more than 100 years old in some sections, and in varying stages of decline, threatening it's ability to supply New Yorkers with water.
Everyone has the right to clean drinking water and public health depends on it. Protecting the NYC water supply through activism in watershed communities and in Washington is one of Riverkeeper's hallmarks.
Riverkeeper generally supports expanded opportunities for low-impact, passive recreation that is compatible with watershed protection goals on water supply lands. It is through use and enjoyment of our shared resources that people become invested in their long-term protection.