Ashokan Watershed Conference

April 29, 2017 at the Ashokan Cen­ter, Olive­bridge, NYAWSMP_ConferenceLogo_2016



This year’s con­fer­ence focuses on how to effec­tively man­age and plan our com­mu­ni­ties in the face of a rapidly chang­ing and unpre­dictable environment.

Con­fer­ence Program

Sign-in and reg­is­tra­tion begins at 8:15 a.m. Morn­ing refresh­ments will be served in din­ing hall.

Morn­ing Session

9:00–9:15 Open­ing Remarks
Open­ing remarks by David Warne, Assis­tant Com­mis­sioner, Bureau of Water Sup­ply, NYC Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Protection

9:15–10:15 Cli­mate Change and Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment in East­ern New York
Keynote address by Dr. Kieran Don­aghy of Cor­nell University’s Atkin­son Cen­ter for a Sus­tain­able Future

10:15–10:30 Break

10:30–12:00 Sus­tain­able Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Panel Dis­cus­sion 
Join guest pan­elists from local munic­i­pal and non-profit orga­ni­za­tions in a discussion.

12:00–1:00 Lunch (cost included with your registration)

1:00–2:30 After­noon Ses­sion #1

Plan­ning for Sus­tain­able Com­mu­ni­ties Part 1*
Learn from expe­ri­enced attor­neys and pro­fes­sors from Pace University’s Land Use Law Cen­ter about sus­tain­able eco­nomic devel­op­ment and tools at the dis­posal of land use plan­ners to help guide plan­ning decisions.

Sus­tain­able Fish­eries
Fish­eries biol­o­gists from the USGS and NYSDEC will present on the cur­rent sta­tus of the fish­eries in the Eso­pus Creek and how envi­ron­men­tal change is impact­ing fisheries.

Demys­ti­fy­ing the Ashokan Reser­voir
Join DEP oper­a­tions staff as they explain what exactly goes on inside the build­ings around the Ashokan Reser­voir, and other Reser­voir and water­shed operations.

2:45–4:15 After­noon Ses­sion #2

Plan­ning for Sus­tain­able Com­mu­ni­ties Part 2*
Part 2 of the pre­sen­ta­tion from ear­lier in the afternoon.

Inva­sive Species
Nat­ural area man­agers from the Catskills and Adiron­dacks will dis­cuss what inva­sive pests and plants you should be aware of, man­age­ment prac­tices that pre­vent the spread of inva­sives, and how to respond if inva­sives are detected.

Man­ag­ing for Sus­tain­able Eco­tourism
The Catskill Cen­ter for Con­ser­va­tion and Devel­op­ment will present on how com­mu­ni­ties can lever­age their nat­ural resources for sus­tain­able eco­nomic devel­op­ment and the pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive impacts of ecotourism.

*Any­one seek­ing 4 hours of munic­i­pal con­tin­u­ing edu­ca­tion credit for con­fer­ence atten­dance needs to attend both morn­ing and after­noon ses­sions titled “Plan­ning for Sus­tain­able Com­mu­ni­ties.” Pre­reg­is­tra­tion for this course is required!

Stream Explor­ers! Youth Con­fer­ence

This year, we are excited to offer a co-occurring “Stream Explor­ers” youth con­fer­ence also on April 29, 2017 at the Ashokan Cen­ter. The “Stream Explor­ers” con­fer­ence is most appro­pri­ate for chil­dren ages 8–14 or grades 3–8. The youth con­fer­ence will fea­ture hands-on out­door activ­i­ties taught by CCE edu­ca­tors dur­ing the morn­ing, and an after­noon gorge hike adven­ture in the after­noon. Chil­dren will join their fam­i­lies for lunch in the con­fer­ence din­ing hall.

All youth must be accom­pa­nied by a fam­ily mem­ber attend­ing the Ashokan Water­shed Con­fer­ence. Use the reg­is­tra­tion link above to reg­is­ter the entire fam­ily. Chil­dren attend for free.


The Ashokan Water­shed Con­fer­ence is orga­nized by the Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram and a team of ded­i­cated stake­hold­ers. The con­fer­ence is spon­sored by Cor­nell Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion of Ulster County, the Ulster County Soil & Water Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict, and the NYC Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Protection.

For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact the AWSMP office at (845) 688‑3047.

Loca­tion  |  Who should attend 

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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.

Who should attend?

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