A Major Local Lift-off

By Michael Turton

On Aug. 10, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection conducted maintenance on two chamber buildings that are part of the Catskill Aqueduct just east of where it crosses under the Hudson River at Breakneck Ridge.

Because one of the buildings is located on a ridge inaccessible to vehicles, an industrial helicopter was used to airlift materials and equipment to workers who hiked to the worksite. The aircraft, which flew in from Chicago, made several flights to the site, using the Philipstown Highway Department yard as a base. The Catskill Aqueduct is one of the major sources of water for New York City.

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