The DEP's Photo Archives Are Surprisingly Fascinating

Celebrating the holing through of two sections of the Shandaken Tunnel. While some guests were being served dinner 800 feet underground to celebrate the holing through of two sections of the Shandaken Tunnel, a boxing and wrestling tournament was held in a cement shed for the entertainment of Board of Water Supply employees. This photograph shows representatives of Sweden and Russia participating in a wrestling match. April 1, 1922.<br/>

Mule-drawn cart removing muck from City Water Tunnel No. 1: Mule power is used to transport a cartful of muck (excavated rock) to a shaft for removal during construction of City Water Tunnel No. 1 in the Bronx. March 25, 1913.<br/>

Queens Conduit Excavation: Originally constructed between 1911 and 1916, the Queens Conduit, a 66-inch diameter steel pipe, delivered Catskill water from City Water Tunnel No. 1 through Brooklyn and toward the borough of Queens. Excavation in preparation for laying Queens Conduit pipe. October 20, 1914.<br/>

"New York City’s Environmental Protection Administration’s mobile lab measures air pollution levels in congested Manhattan", this photograph was taken in May 1973 as part of the Documerica program. Sponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the program aimed to photographically document subjects of environmental concern across America during the 1970s.<br/>

Fort Hill steel pipe siphon: View near north end of the East pipe showing the 11 foot 3 inch steel pipe 7/16 inch plate lap joint in the North siphon chamber in background. Also the pipe on railway which shows the method of transporting the pipe from Jackson Avenue railway by means of a cable is also shown. October 25, 1922.<br/>

Pepacton Reservoir Diversion Tunnel Drill Crew: The crew on this “jumbo” manned 18 drills that made holes for dynamite to be placed in the rock face. The rock was then blasted out to create a diversion tunnel that carried water around the Downsville Dam during construction of the Pepacton Reservoir in Delaware County. September 29, 1948.<br/>

City Water Tunnel No. 3 Stage 1 Holing-Through: Celebrating the holing-through of the first stage of City Water Tunnel No. 3, when two sections were finally joined after years of excavating 14 feet forward at a time by drilling and blasting. February 11, 1985.<br/>