Ridgewood Reservoir Now Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

The National Park Service has moved rapidly to add the Ridgewood Reservoir to the National Register of Historic Places on February 2, 2018 . The Reservoir was listed on the New York State Historic Register on December 7, 2017 with Federal approval initially anticipated for April, 2018. “For years, our community has been fighting to preserve the Ridgewood Reservoir, and today’s accomplishment is an important milestone” said Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez . “The Reservoir is a piece of living history that transcends generations of New Yorkers. What was once a feat of engineering is now home to a diverse array of flourishing wildlife. This history deserves to be cemented on the National Register of Historic Places.”

State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. , a member of the New York State Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation, agreed. “Having the Ridgewood Reservoir recognized on the New York State Historic Register back in December, and now having it listed on the National Register of Historic Places is an amazing achievement,” said State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., a member of the Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation. “I am pleased to see that the National Park Service moved so quickly to place the Ridgewood Reservoir on the list, officially preserving its natural beauty, its historic context to Brooklyn and Queens, and its educational importance to students for future generations. Congratulations again to NYC H2O and all the advocates who fought for the preservation of the reservoir. My thanks to all who worked tirelessly on protecting the Ridgewood Reservoir.”

His colleague, New York State Senator Michael Gianaris , added, “The Ridgewood Reservoir is an environmental gem for the residents of both Brooklyn and Queens that will be preserved for future generations to enjoy.”

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz “The Ridgewood Reservoir was an engineering marvel in the 19th century and merits recognition as a landmark in urban history, engineering history and environmental history. The reservoir offers insight into the environmental history of Brooklyn, Queens and Nassau County, and as such is an invaluable opportunity to study nature.”

City Council Member Robert Holden “I am elated to hear that the National Park Service has added the Ridgewood Reservoir to the National Register of Historic Places. Not only has it become a beautiful landmark within our community, it has become vital to the local ecology. While the Reservoir no longer provides necessary water supply to residents, it stands as a testament to the ingenuity of New Yorkers, who, when faced with a problem like a water shortage, undertake stunning engineering and urban planning projects in order to create solutions. I am so grateful for the efforts of local advocates, under the leadership of NYC H2O, in securing protection for this incredible site.”

New York State Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan “As a strong supporter of preserving the Ridgewood Reservoir, my thanks to NYS Parks for adding this wonderful site to both Historic Registry lists” said Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan . “Thank you to Governor Andrew Cuomo, NYS Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey,

New York State Assemblyman Mike Miller “The recent listing of the Ridgewood Reservoir on the National Register of Historic places is wonderful news and a great victory for the community and area activists along with myself and the other elected officials. We have advocated and supported this mission because the Ridgewood Reservoir is a cultural and ecological treasure. The Reservoir contains over 100 species of birds and wildlife. This special listing for the reservoir will forever protect it from development and preserve it for generations to come.”

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