208741 “The Increasing Role of Public Health in Protecting the New York City Watershed: A GIS Analysis”

Monday, November 9, 2009

Joseph Pascarella, PhD , Center for Security Studies, University of Maryland University College, Brooklyn, NY
Public health officials are necessary for integration into public safety initiatives to protect critical water infrastructure given the threats in the post September 11, 2001 world and the increasing population and development of urban areas. This challenge is particularly acute for larger and growing urban areas in which drinking water must be transported through complex systems diffused over wide geographic areas. This presentation will discuss the unique complexities for public health and public safety officials in protecting the New York City Watershed that extends nearly two thousand square miles that must transport over one billion gallons of water up to one hundred twenty five miles to New York City.

This complex system involves a geographic area of two states, several counties, and a population of over 10 million persons through three complex mini systems. These complex systems involve numerous tunnels, aqueducts, and reservoirs. Several agencies are directly involved in protecting this watershed, the New York State Department of Environmental Protection Agency, the New York City Water Finance Authority and the New York City Water Board. However, these agencies must collaborate with many other agencies within the watershed to manage, protect and transport the water. This presentation will use GIS and mapping so that the audience can visualize the organizational public health challenges of protecting and transporting water to a large urban area.

Learning Objectives:
Describe the Public Health Challenges invovled in protecting the New York City Watershed and transporting over one billion gallons of water a day to New York City. Analyze the Geographic diffusion of the Watershed and concurrent public health and public safety agencies involved. Evaluate the unique challenges of protecting water infrastructure given the contemporary threats post September 11, 2001 and growing populuations of urban centers.

Keywords: Geographic Information Systems, Water

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have conducted research in this field for over 5 years.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.