Yes, the wooden water mains should be donated to the historical society. Although a surprising number of American towns still use wooden pipes for their water infrastructure, these New York pipes are obsolete and should be labeled for preservation protection to be used to show future generations how water was once distributed.
The 19th century wooded water mains are a rich part of New York history and should be donated to the New-York Historical Society. These wooden water mains were the first in New York City. I believe that donating them to the historical society provides a great opportunity to study the city's early beginnings. A lot can be learned from the earlier design of the city's water mains. Furthermore, the historical value of these mains need to be preserved.
It's sort of neat that they found two preserved sections of wooden water pipes and mains from the early 19th century. They are certainly a party of New York City's history, so it makes sense that the EPA would donate them to the NY Historical Society so people can learn about clean drinking water, public health etc.
The New York Historical Society received a donation of wooden water mains dating back to the 19th century. This donation came from the Department of Environmental Protection. I think it was a perfectly reasonable donation; the Historical Society will do a much better job of preserving the mains than the DEP would.