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June 28, 2001

Contact: Geoff Ryan (718/595-6600)

New York City DEP and Kensico Environmental Enhancement Program Celebrate Opening of New Kensico Reservoir Information Display At Kensico Dam Plaza

Commissioner Joel A. Miele Sr., P.E., of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Angelo Spillo, Co-Chair of the Kensico Environmental Enhancement Program (KEEP) and director of Pace University's Environmental Center unveiled the Kensico Dam Plaza Educational display, a collaborative effort between DEP and KEEP that was designed to highlight the importance of protecting the Kensico Reservoir and its surrounding watershed. The exhibit was created in consultation with Westchester County Department of Parks and funded by DEP. It is mounted as a series of panels that range from the history of the construction of the original Kensico Dam built in 1885 to descriptions of the New Kensico Dam, constructed in 1917, to panels and graphics describing the New York City watershed and the importance of water conservation.

KEEP is a joint effort between the New York City DEP, county and local governmental organizations and local residents. KEEP develops public outreach and educational programs on watershed protection in the five towns of the Kensico Watershed: Harrison, New Castle, North Castle, Mount Pleasant, and Greenwich, Connecticut.

Commissioner Miele said, "We are pleased to be a participant in this joint effort to protect the integrity of the Kensico Reservoir. Kensico is one of the last stops for water flowing from upstate reservoirs, and it plays a critical role in delivering the highest quality drinking water to consumers in New York City and Westchester County."


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