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‘Tunneling to the Rondout’

With each blast at the heading, the East Delaware Tunnel had to be mucked out by machines and men with strong backs.
Photo by Walt Dette, courtesy Delaware County Historical Association

June 29, 2016

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Diane Galusha, author of the newly republished “Liquid Assets: A History of New York City’s Water System,” will speak and sign books Sunday, July 3 at 3 p.m. at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main St. “Where the Sun Never Shines: Tunneling to the Rondout” will focus on the construction of the East Delaware Tunnel, the 25-mile tunnel that carries water from the Pepacton Reservoir in Delaware County to the Rondout Reservoir in Ulster County.

People with memories of tunnel or reservoir construction, or of the communities claimed for these public works projects, are welcome to share them at the July 3 program. Copies of the expanded edition of “Liquid Assets” will be available for purchase and signing.

Galusha is a former journalist and editor who has served as the communications director and education coordinator for the Catskill Watershed Corp. since 1998. She has written several books of regional history and is president of the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown, Delaware County.

This program is being offered in conjunction with the “Celebrating Catskill Waters: Past and Present” exhibition at Morgan Outdoors through Sunday, July 10, on loan from the Time and the Valleys Museum in Grahamsville. Visit www.morgan-outdoors.com or call 845/439-5507.