How New York City gets its water, from reservoir to tap: NYCurious

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Before it goes anywhere, the city’s drinking water starts out in three major watersheds — the Delaware and Catskill systems west of the Hudson River and the Croton system just north of the city. In 2017, New York City got about 97 percent of its water from the Catskill/Delaware systems and about 3 percent from the Croton system, the DEP said.

The watersheds feed more than a dozen reservoirs and controlled lakes. The largest reservoir, the Pepacton, has a capacity of 140 billion gallons. The Ashokan in Ulster County, pictured, has a capacity of 123 billion gallons.

Officials take measurements throughout the reservoirs, looking at things like turbidity (water clarity) and contaminants, to select the highest quality water available at that moment to be released downstate.

The water supply is so critical to the city that a dedicated police force with more than 200 members works 24…

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LIRR, NJ Transit and Metro-North should combine into one rail system, report says Merging the three commuter rails would better connect the tristate area, transit experts say.

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The Long Island Rail Road, New Jersey Transit and Metro-North Railroad should combine into one giant rail system, according to a new Regional Plan Association report released Wednesday.

Merging the Long Island Rail Road with the region’s other commuter rail systems is vital to supporting growth and improving access to jobs in the tristate area, according to a new report published Wednesday.

The report from the influential nonprofit Regional Plan Association details an ambitious, 30-year proposal to join the LIRR with Metro-North and New Jersey Transit, bringing crosstown rail service from New Jersey through Long Island and, eventually adding 60 new stations and more than 200 new or reactivated track miles for a new rail system called the “Trans-Regional Express,” or T-REX for short.

The RPA estimates that the metropolitan area is currently on pace to add 850,000 jobs and 1.8 million residents by 2040 — adding that it…

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Veteran GE researcher honored for lifetime achievement

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SCHENECTADY — A veteran GE researcher has been honored with a lifetime achievement award for his work to integrate renewable energy into the nation’s electrical infrastructure.

Nick Miller grew up in Clifton Park the son of a General Electric steam turbine engineer, went to school at RPI, and has spent 37 years at GE’s Schenectady campus. That wasn’t his plan upon graduation from high school, but he developed a speciality and has stuck with it, particularly after GE re-entered the wind power business in the early 2000s.

Miller now holds several patents and is continuing his work as GE works to capture and hold market share in the growing renewable energy sector.

The Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group recognized this with its Lifetime Achievement Award last week at an event in Tucson, Arizona.

The 60-year-old New Scotland resident is senior technical director of GE’s Energy Consulting Group, a component…

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