Kensico Reservoir


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Kensico Reservoir

(kĕn`zĭkō), c.4 sq mi (10 sq km), SE N.Y., N of White Plains, formed by Kensico Dam (completed 1915) on the Bronx River. A principal unit in the New York City water supply system, the reservoir receives water from sources in the Catskill Mts. and from the Delaware River.
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On December 20, ECO Basford observed three men ice fishing on the Kensico Reservoir. The ECO watched from a distance as the trio caught one fish after another.
The first section was competed in 1998, and the focus today is on connecting the Kensico Reservoir to Van Cortlandt Park, which must be built to supply the City with roughly 50% of its drinking water.
The $2.5 billion, 16-mile long tunnel stretching from the Kensico Reservoir to a North Bronx connector valve would add security to a system that delivers 1.3 billion gallons per day and is 100 years old in places.
Officials closed a two-lane scenic road across the top of the Kensico Reservoir in Westchester County last week because they consider the reservoir to be a prime terrorist target, the New York Times reported.
The system will enclose a cove in Rye Lake, the water source for Kensico Reservoir, and will deter harmful sediments and bacteria that are carried into the lake by stormwater flowing into the reservoir.