Catskill Watershed Corporation
Protecting water quality and preserving communities in the Catskill-Delaware New York City Watershed.

Executive Director's Message

We live in the Catskills.

It’s beautiful, but it can be harsh.

It’s fun to live here, but it is often hard to make a living.

There’s plenty of water, but water occasionally is our undoing.

On that last point, it helps to have some perspective. For instance, a billion people on this earth – one in nine – have no access to clean water or proper sanitation. Experts estimate that 30,000 men, women and children – mostly children – die every week because of that.

The news is full of reports of conflicts between nations and neighbors who share water resources. Right here in the US, the states of Arizona, Colorado and Nevada are trying to figure out how to divvy up Lake Mead as the water behind the Hoover Dam drops steadily. It’s now at about 42% of capacity.

In California, they’re spending a billion dollars on a desalinization plant to try to avoid water rationing in the future. 

Here in the Catskills, a lot of money has also been spent to protect the fresh, clean water that millions of people depend on. It’s important work, and it’s having a positive impact, on our environment and on our people.

Every now and then, when I get frustrated or discouraged by some problem or issue, I am reminded of water troubles in the rest of the world. And I feel lucky to live here, and to be part of the Catskill Watershed Corporation’s efforts to preserve our land, water and communities.

We can’t solve all the world’s water woes, but we’re making a difference right here in the Catskills.

It’s all a matter of perspective.


Alan Rosa, Executive Director
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