Ashokan Watershed Conference

Con­fer­ence Videos Available!

Build­ing the Ashokan Reservoir

Under­stand­ing the Rivers Future Gen­er­a­tions Will See 

Inva­sive Species: Hem­lock Woolly Adel­gid and Emer­ald Ash Borer

Stream Experts Panel

The 6th Annual Ashokan Water­shed Con­fer­ence was held Sat­ur­day, April 11, 2015 at the Ashokan Cen­ter in Olive­bridge, NY. See the con­fer­ence pro­gram and speaker con­tacts.

Last year’s con­fer­ence Back to the Future: Cre­at­ing a New Water­shed Legacy was about where we are today because of the past, and where we will be tomor­row because of the present.

Spon­sored by Cor­nell Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion of Ulster County, Ulster County Soil and Water Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict, and NYC Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Protection.

Loca­tion  |  What was learned  |  Who attended  |

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Ashokan Cen­ter
477 Beaverkill Road, Olive­bridge, NY (Direc­tions)

Nes­tled in the beau­ti­ful Catskill Moun­tains near the Ashokan reser­voir, The Ashokan Cen­ter (above) has been help­ing to edu­cate peo­ple in nature, his­tory and the arts since 1967.

What was learned

At this year’s con­fer­ence Back to the Future: Cre­at­ing a New Water­shed Legacy we trav­eled back in time to learn about the build­ing of the Ashokan Reser­voir and its legacy. Fea­tured pre­sen­ters explored how the Ashokan Reser­voir shaped local com­mu­ni­ties and the land­scape, and what the future holds for stream management.

After­noon train­ing ses­sions cov­ered the spread of inva­sive species Hem­lock woolly adel­gid and Emer­ald ash borer, and a stream expert panel answered ques­tions about stream and flood­plain man­age­ment in the Ashokan Watershed.

Cor­nell Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion pro­vided cer­tifi­cates for up to 4 hours of training.

Who Attended?

  • Stream­side Landown­ers and Water­shed Residents
  • Stu­dents and Professionals
  • Town & Vil­lage Munic­i­pal and Plan­ning Boards
  • Town Super­vi­sors and High­way Superintendents
  • Flood­plain Administrators