H2O System Trivia Contest
in the NYC Watershed Relief Map
Jan 28 2018
Join NYC H2O for the second H2O System Trivia Contest. Teams of up to 4 players are encouraged to participate. There will be a prize for the top team. Sign up here.
The competition is inspired by the Watershed Relief Map created for the 1939 World’s Fair. Measuring 32’ X 20’ x 2’ the model was put into storage and never made it to the Fair. As World War II was imminent, it is thought that the map was hidden to protect the city’s water system from spies. A Department of Environmental Protection employee discovered the map in 1997 stored at the Jerome Avenue Pumping Station. In rough shape after 40 years of neglect, the map was restored to its former glory in 2006.
Come see the map for yourself and hear about its story from NYC H2O Director Matt Malina. The trivia contest, which will have questions about the history and engineering of the water system, will follow this short presentation.
This is a family friendly event. The Queens Museum also has a scale model of the entire city that is not to be missed. This event is free with suggested entry fee to the museum.
A question and answer session will follow with Bryan Diffley and Peter DiSpensa, both civil engineers who worked on the water system.
This is a family friendly event. The Queens Museum also has a scale model of the entire city that is not to be missed.
About the Presenters
Matt Malina is the director and founder of NYC H2O, an NGO that offers education programs about NYC’s water and ecology. Malina started NYC H2O in 2009 after attending a teaching workshop about the NYC water system in the Catskills. He recognized the opportunity to expand public education on NYC’s model water system, while inspiring citizens to become responsible stewards of natural areas including watersheds.
Bryan Diffley is a civil engineer and was the Project Manager on the High Bridge restoration. He has worked on water infrastructure here in the City for three decades on projects like City Tunnel #3, the Jerome Park Reservoir and water mains in every borough.