A History of the MOA
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 Catskill Watershed Corp., in partnership with the NYC Department of Environmental Protection. Read transcripts from all 12 interviews, conducted in the late 1990's and early 2000's by Nancy Burnett Productions, with assistance from Virginia Scheer.
"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.
Read background on the MOA, the history of the Watershed and participants in the negotiations.
The recorded interviews have been archived at the Catskill Watershed Corporation, 905 Main St., Margaretville, NY. Audio CD's 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 ar SUNY Delhi, SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge, SUNY College at Oneonta and Sullivan County Community College, 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.