​Watershed Relief Map Trivia Contest

Sunday January 28 2018 at 2pm
Queens Museum


Join NYC H2O for the second H2O System Trivia Contest. Teams of up to 4 players are encouraged to participate. There will be a prize for the top team.

The competition is inspired by the Watershed Relief Map created for the 1939 World’s Fair. Measuring 32’ X 20’ x 2’ the model was put into storage and never made it to the Fair. As World War II was imminent, it is thought that the map was hidden to protect the city’s water system from spies. A Department of Environmental Protection employee discovered the map in 1997 stored at the Jerome Avenue Pumping Station. In rough shape after 40 years of neglect, the map was restored to its former glory in 2006.

Come see the map for yourself and hear about its story from NYC H2O Director Matt Malina. The trivia contest, which will have questions about the history and engineering of the water system, will follow this short presentation.

This is a family friendly event. The Queens Museum also has a scale model of the entire city that is not to be missed. This event is free [suggested $5 entrance fee to the museum].

A Q&A session will follow with Bryan Diffley and Peter DiSpensa, both civil engineers who worked on the water system.


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