A HISTORY OF THE MOA

NYS Gov. George Pataki at MOA signing, 1997

Learn more about the landmark NYC Watershed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) which has guided environmental protection and community preservation efforts in the 2,000-square-mile NYC Watershed since 1997.

“Behind the Scenes: The Inside Story of the Watershed Agreement,” was an oral history project partially funded by an Education Grant from the CWC in partnership with the NYC DEP. Read transcripts from all 12 interviews, conducted in the late 1990s and early 2000s by Nancy Burnett Productions, with assistance from Virginia Scheer.

“The Battle for Water: One Big City, Many Little Towns,” is a 59-minute audio documentary of excerpts from those original taped interviews, produced by Nancy Burnett. Listen to the documentary by chapter.

Read background on the MOA, the history of the Watershed and participants in the negotiations.

The recorded interviews have been archived at the CWC; CDs and Transcripts were sent to 24 public libraries in the West-of-Hudson Watershed, and were placed in college libraries at SUNY Delhi, SUNY Ulster, SUNY College at Oneonta, and Sullivan County Community College. Also at the NYC DEP Archives (420 E. 38th St., NYC), and the Municipal Archives of the City of NY, 31 Chambers St., Room 101, NYC. Transcripts have been added to the collection at the Milstein Division of US History, New York Public Library, 5th Ave. and 42nd St., NYC

Behind the Scenes: The Inside Story of the Watershed Negotiations

Coalition of Watershed Towns Executive Committee, 1990

An oral history of the NYC Watershed Negotiations
1990 – 1997

This outstanding series of oral history interviews was conducted in the late 1990s and early 2000s by Nancy Burnett of Nancy Burnett Productions, with assistance from Virginia Scheer. Funded in part by a Watershed Education Grant awarded by the CWC, the project included interviews with 12 participants involved in the negotiations for the NYC Watershed Memorandum of Agreement. The actual recorded interviews may be heard at the Catskill Watershed Corporation offices, 905 Main St., Margaretville, NY. Audio CDs and transcripts of the 12 interviews were sent to 24 public libraries in the West-of-Hudson Watershed, and were placed in the college libraries at SUNY Delhi, SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge, SUNY College at Oneonta and Sullivan County Community College, Loch Sheldrake as well as in the NYC Department of Environmental Protection Archives (420 East 38th St., NYC), and the Municipal Archives of the City of New York, 31 Chambers St., Room 101, NYC. Transcripts have been added to the collection at the Millstein Division of US History at the New York Public Library, 5th Avenue and 42nd St., New York City.

The Battle for Water (Audio)

The Battle for Water: One Big City, Many Little Towns,” is a 59-minute documentary of excerpts from those original taped interviews, produced by Nancy Burnett. Listen to the documentary by chapter or request a CD.

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