Acclaimed Scientist to discuss Stream Management in the Catskills

Posted on: October 11th, 2019 by Brent Gotsch
Dave Rosgen, Ph.D. teaches a class about fluvial geomorphology.

Dave Ros­gen, Ph.D. teaches a class about flu­vial geomorphology.


The New York City Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion (NYC DEP) will host a pub­lic lec­ture by Dave Ros­gen, Ph.D., who is widely regarded as one of the fore­most stream man­age­ment experts in the world. His talk, “Liv­ing with Moun­tain Rivers in a Chang­ing Cli­mate” will focus on mak­ing river com­mu­ni­ties resilient to more fre­quent flood­ing as a result of cli­mate change. He will share best man­age­ment prac­tices for river man­age­ment includ­ing his approach to river restora­tion known as Nat­ural Chan­nel Design. This approach works with the nat­ural ten­den­cies of rivers to reach equi­lib­rium within the land­scape they pass through.

Ros­gen is a pro­fes­sional hydrol­o­gist and geo­mor­phol­o­gist with 49 years of expe­ri­ence work­ing in rivers. He has designed and imple­mented more than 70 large scale river restora­tion projects. His work has been fea­tured in national pub­li­ca­tions such as National Geo­graphic and the New York Times and he has authored more than five dozen reports, jour­nal arti­cles and fed­eral agency man­u­als and books. He has taught short courses in water­shed man­age­ment and river restora­tion for river man­agers through­out the coun­try for the past 25 years.

Since the mid-1990s, DEP has pro­vided nearly $200 mil­lion to fund restora­tion of nearly 50 miles of stream in the Catskills, includ­ing more than 400 indi­vid­ual projects. The projects, many of which have used Rosgen’s meth­ods, are coor­di­nated through unique part­ner­ships with local agen­cies. In Ulster County, this is done through the Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram (AWSMP) which is a part­ner­ship between Cor­nell Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion of Ulster County and the Ulster County Soil and Water Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict. These col­lab­o­ra­tions have yielded wide-ranging ben­e­fits to local com­mu­ni­ties and to water quality.

The talk will be held at the Over­look Lodge of Bel­leayre Moun­tain, 181 Galli Curci Road in High­mount, NY on Octo­ber 21, from 7:00–9:00pm. It is free of charge and open to the pub­lic. Space is lim­ited and reg­is­tra­tion is encouraged.

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