In this collaborative report by ProPublica and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, the authors show how the saga that started twenty-five years ago in Missouri continues to highlight the problems of flood management in our country.

As we have learned through Catskill Waters, it is extremely difficult to make everyone happy when it comes to land management. Water issues, especially, are in some cases a matter of life and death, from drought to flood. The communities in the NYC watershed are relatively fortunate—decades after many sacrifices were made in construction of the reservoirs, there is a sense of a balance among all the stakeholders from property owners to NYC governmental agencies. But this balance is never static and always shifting in changing social and environmental landscapes. We are grateful for our involvement in bringing the voices of this intricate community.

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