Filtration, Part I

Filtration, Part I

Alongside Boston, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland, Oregon, New York City is one of five cities in the United States with a largely unfiltered water supply. Ten percent of the city’s water supply is currently filtered by a UV filtration plant that recently opened under Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. The plant treats water from the reservoirs surrounded by development in Westchester and Putnam counties. A team of scientists and engineers also work 24/7 alongside monitors to oversee the water quality throughout the watershed. The DEP must make sure the water is kept in pristine condition, which it does by fending off migratory birds from the reservoirs, fixing homeowner’s septic tanks, working with farmers to control manure runoff, and constantly trying to buy more land to prevent the area around the watershed from being paved and polluted.

An aerial view of a construction zone, with a big grey concrete hole in the earth surrounded by roads, golf course land, and residential zones.
The Croton Water Filtration Plant under construction in 2007. The plant was completed in 2015. The 9-acre, 4-story-deep site is located under the Mosholu Golf Course in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. Photo by DEP via the DEP/NYC Water Flickr account. Link.

The Model Forest Program Interactive Map 

The following interactive map narrates the story of partnership, education, and sustainability in the New York City watershed. 

A screenshot of an online interactive map showing New York state and the surrounding states. An inset aerial photo of Manhattan is laid on top of the map and 5 numbered markers are shown on the map in Manhattan and forested land upstate NY.
A screenshot of the interactive map as viewed on the Model Forest Program website.
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