A historical look at our Catskill streams and communities will be the theme of the 2014 Ashokan Watershed Conference Flowing Through Time: Streams and Catskill Mountain Communities. Experts will examine the history and folklore of our region, the relevance of past and current stream management approaches, issues with climate change, and other topics of interest to residents, municipal officials, and the community. Bill Birns, a noted local writer, educator and historian will discuss the social history of the Ashokan Watershed — from early inhabitants to how locals “created” the Catskills region. Special focus will be paid to changing weather patterns and the implications for communities and streams. Climatologist Allan Frei from Hunter College, and meteorologist Steve DiRienzo from the NWS in Albany will speak about extreme weather and what to expect from a changing climate. Roy Schiff, water resource engineer of Milone and MacBroom will talk about stream and floodplain management that reduce flooding and erosion hazards. Additional presentations on flood maps and other topics will also be had. The conference will take place Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, NY. There will be a $10 per person fee which includes lunch and refreshments. Registration begins March 1st.
The Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program is a collaborative effort of New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County and Ulster County Soil and Water Conservation District.