NYC, home to more than 8 million people, consumes more than 1 billion gallons of water each and every day! More importantly, all this water is unfiltered and comes from clean, cool trout streams in the Catskill Mountains. Many students are unaware of the time and resources it took to create this engineering marvel. Through a NYC Water Supply System Timeline Lesson, created by the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, students learn about this system while re-creating the system in their own classroom. Through this lesson (developed for middle-high school students) students learn about the streams, reservoirs, tunnels and aqueducts that they rely on every day to bring water from the mountain tops upstate, right to their fingertips from the tap. The full lesson is available here watershed timeline lesson from CCCD.pdf or on the Trout in the Classroom website at www.troutintheclassroom.org.
* The photo above shows students at John Jay High School in NYC transforming their classroom into the NYC water supply system while learning about the reservoirs, streams, watershed lands and the important role trout play in that system.