THE RAMAPO WATERSHED.
In prospecting for the new water supply for the city Mayor Low’s engineers, to use a popular expression, are up against the options of the Ramapo company and the watershed it controls The city has, of course, been awarded by the legislaturethe right of eminent domain in acquiring watersheds, but the Ramapo company has numberless options on a watershed territory just where the engineers from Commissioner Monroe’s department have for the last year been boring rock and surveying for huge reservoirs, from which the city is to draw its additional supply from the Wappinger valley and Esopus creeks—the one on the east side of the Hudson, and the other in Ulster county, on the west side It is remarkable that towards the end of last month in Wall street were sold sixtv five shares of stock of the Ramapo Water company at 105—a price which surprised the men in the street, who had supposed that the Ramapo company was defunct It is not dead, but can, on the-contrary, block any attempt on the part of the citv to acquire watershed rights along the Fisbkill, Wappinger, Jansen Kill, and Esopus creeks except on its own terms, and may get a part of what it could claim in 1900 and 1901 before the legislature stepped in The Ramapo interests control the Esopus and Wappinger creeks watersheds A long time ago eminent engineers in the employ of the Ramapo company saw that it would be merely a question of time before the city would have to get more water. It took care at that time to get options on these naturally advantageons sources. The mayor’s commission on additional water supply has recommended three additional sources namely, the Eisbkill, Jansen Kill, and Wappinger, which practically enmp_____is: one supply: second, the Esopus creek; and third, the Hudson river just beyond the reach of the backflow of the tide above the city of Poughkeepsie. The commission has recommended the sources in the order named That means that the city will probablv first build reservoirs in the Wappinger and Esopus creeks basins before it tries the less desirable scheme of filtering the Hudson river water above Poughkeepsie As to the recommendations of the mayor’s commissioners: It must be remembered that they are not concerned with the ownership of the properties comprehended in their tentative plans. It is enough for them that good water can be obtained in sufficient quantities That the Ramapo company owns options on the Wappinger and Esopus creeks is of no moment to them, however much it may concern the interest of the company and the city of New York. The taxpayers can count on having to pay more than $50,000,000 for the increased supply It may even be much more than that. By the time the new dam is complete, tinnew Croton system will have cost more than $40,000,000 since 1885. That there is little doubt about the Esopus creek watershed, options on which have for years been owned by the Ramapo company, being taken by the city, is shown by the thorough work done by the city’s engineers in surveying the ground, and the favorable report they have made upon it. The report has already appeared in these columns.
The Rome, Ga., Furniture and Lumber company presented the local fire department with $200 for the good service it rendered at a fire which came near destroying the factory and 1,000,000 feet of lumber. T he factory is outside of the city, but the firemen hitched up and made for it. thereby confining the blaze to very small limits.