The Battle for Water: One Big City and Many Little Towns

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November 21, 2013

Originally broadcast on WSKG Radio on Tuesday, November 19 at 1:00PM and 7:00PM.


Unadilla, NY independent producer Nancy Burnett presents this story of conflict resolution and the landmark 1997 NYC Watershed Memorandum of Agreement. The Agreement has attracted international attention as a model of how to balance environmental protection and economic development. The setting is the Catskill Mountains of New York State, where a system of reservoirs supplies 90% of the water for the people of New York City. Eight key participants in the negotiations between New York City and watershed communities tell the story as they lived it.