Mountaintop To Tap

March 1, 2009 - April 30, 2009
Central Library

Dweck Center Gallery (branch info)

Mountaintop To Tap

3-weeks & 200-miles. Experience the journey of 12 exceptional students.

Student Photographs and Journal Excerpts Document the Path of New York City's Drinking Water Supply

In spring of 2007, six students from New York Harbor School in Brooklyn and six students from Sidney High School, in Delaware County, prepared for their 3-week summer trek tracing New York City's drinking water supply. They learned how to become spokespeople for the water-supply system and they brought public attention to the 10th Anniversary of the Memorandum of Agreement, which brought together, for the first time in a long and bitter history, all the stakeholders in the system. During their preparation, the students met with lawyers, scientists, conservationists, park rangers, and local officials to prepare them for what they encountered on their trek. Throughout the 3-week trek, the students assessed the quality of the water in streams, rivers and reservoirs, talked to public officials and hosted press conferences to share with the public, from the trenches, what they learned.

This exhibition of photographs and journal entries document the student trekkers' memorable journey.

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Dweck Gallery Hours:
Wednesday & Thursday evenings: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm

BPL Exhibition, Mountaintop To TapMountaintop to Tap is a collaborative educational program coordinated by the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, Catskill Mountainkeeper, New York Harbor School, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Riverkeeper and the Stroud Water Research Center.

Photographs courtesy of student participants in Mountaintop to Tap.


Thanks to the following for their generous support of this exhibition.