Sunday, November 8, 2009

Dowsing for Water in Brooklyn

First group dowsing expedition took place on November 7, 2009. I've put up a Google Map with the GPS points at which our dowsing rods crossed. This, of course, is by no means a survey of the neighborhood, but it is a start. If you do a search on Google Maps, under "Dowsing for Water in Brooklyn" you should be able to view the entire interactive map, or click on the link below. It may take a little while to load.

One of the things I find really interesting, was that as we got closer to the old McCarren Park pool, which is the site of an old spring that fed the Bushwick Creek, there were several GPS anomalies. There were numerous times the GPS defaulted to an incorrect location at 24-48 Dobbins Street, which is several blocks away. I will check out this location to see what was there historically. Lastly, the final reading that was taken at the pool was another GPS anomaly that defaulted to the Cemetary of the Evergreens in Queens, NY, next to the Ridgewood Reservoir. I did not even know there was a reservoir in Ridgewood. It makes me wonder if there was at some time a connection between the spring where the abandoned pool is now located (that we know for sure existed from old maps) and whatever the original source for the Ridgewood Reservoir. More research to be done....... I did not expect anything like is a link to a wikipedia entry about the reservoir: Ridgewood Reservoir which, according to wikipedia is a decommissioned 19th Century Reservoir.
Thank you all for your help. This is a great start for the project.
View Dowsing for Water in Brooklyn in a larger map

1 comment:

rebecca said...

that first map with the blue dots is BEAUTIFUL.