Around the Watershed: News and Events

Watershed Residents Rode the Rails with AWSMP and Rail Explorers

Posted on: September 13th, 2019 by Brent Gotsch
One of the many happy families participating the "Sunset Rail Pedal along the Esopus" program. Photo by Chet Karwatowski

One of the many happy fam­i­lies par­tic­i­pat­ing in the “Sun­set Rail Pedal along the Eso­pus” pro­gram. Photo by Chet Karwatowski

 

Ashokan Water­shed res­i­dents had the oppor­tu­nity to expe­ri­ence the Eso­pus Creek like few oth­ers have before. On Thurs­day, Sep­tem­ber 12, par­tic­i­pants came out to the Rail Explor­ers Catskill Divi­sion in Phoeni­cia to have the unique expe­ri­ence of rid­ing a Rail Explor­ers rail car and also learn about the Eso­pus Creek. After some open­ing remarks from AWSMP and a safety talk from Rail Explor­ers, par­tic­i­pants set out on the 8-mile round trip tour on rail­road tracks that mostly par­al­lel the Eso­pus Creek. Dur­ing a reg­u­lar Rail Explor­ers tour, par­tic­i­pants make only one stop to turn the cars around for the return jour­ney. AWSMP worked with Rail Explor­ers to find two addi­tional stops so edu­ca­tors could talk about stream man­age­ment topics.

Participants in the "Sunset Rail Pedal along the Esopus" listen to Aaron Bennett of the Ulster County Department of the Environment talk about flood mitigation actions occurring near the Route 28 Bridge (in background) in Mount Tremper. Photo by Chet Karwatowski

Par­tic­i­pants in the “Sun­set Rail Pedal along the Eso­pus” lis­ten to Aaron Ben­nett of the Ulster County Depart­ment of the Envi­ron­ment talk about flood mit­i­ga­tion actions occur­ring near the Route 28 Bridge (in back­ground) in Mount Trem­per. Photo by Chet Karwatowski

 

The first stop was roughly across the the Route 28 Bridge in Mount Trem­per where Aaron Ben­nett of the Ulster County Depart­ment of the Envi­ron­ment spoke about the flood mit­i­ga­tion activ­i­ties going on there. He explained about how the NYS Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion (NYSDOT) is work­ing with the the Town of Shan­daken to help make that area less sus­cep­ti­ble to flood­ing. NYSDOT is replac­ing the Mount Trem­per Bridge with a larger and wider span that will lower flood ele­va­tions in the area. To do this they are work­ing with the Town of Shan­daken and the NYC Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion (NYC DEP) to acquire prop­er­ties in that area so this project can be com­pleted. The bridge is expected to be replaced begin­ning next year and be com­pleted in 2021. The new bridge will be con­structed imme­di­ately down­stream of the old one so no detour will be nec­es­sary dur­ing construction.

Adam Doan of the Ulster County Soil and Water Conservation District talks about stream assessment protocols during the "Sunset Rail Pedal along the Esopus" program.

Adam Doan of the Ulster County Soil and Water Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict talks about stream assess­ment dur­ing the “Sun­set Rail Pedal along the Eso­pus” program.

 

At the turn­around loca­tion, Adam Doan of the Ulster County Soil and Water Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict spoke about the stream assess­ment work that AWSMP does. He explained how AWSMP tech­ni­cians walk a stream and col­lect data and how that data is used to make man­age­ment rec­om­men­da­tions. He also talked about the Catskill Streams Buffer Ini­tia­tive (CSBI) pro­gram and how qual­i­fy­ing landown­ers can access free native ripar­ian plants to reveg­e­tate their stream­banks. Adam described stud­ies and restora­tion projects done in the Stony Clove Creek (a trib­u­tary to the Eso­pus Creek) to improve stream sta­bil­ity and water quality.

Adam Doan Presents along Esopus Creek

Adam Doan of the Ulster County Soil and Water Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict talks about ero­sion, road-stream cross­ings, and the washout of the rail tracks dur­ing Trop­i­cal Storm Irene dur­ing the “Rail Pedal Along the Eso­pus” program.

 

On the return leg of the trip, both Adam and Aaron talked about the washout of the train tracks that occurred near the Phoeni­cia Plaza on Route 28 and the process of ero­sion. They explained the impor­tance of good road-stream cross­ings and how AWSMP tech­ni­cians have assessed pub­lic cross­ings in the water­shed. They also men­tioned the impor­tance of wood in the flood­plain and the habi­tat and sta­bil­ity that it pro­vides to the stream.

Finally, at the end of the trip, par­tic­i­pants were invited to a short recep­tion at the nearby Empire State Rail­way Museum where each par­tic­i­pant received a reusable tote bag and addi­tional edu­ca­tional material.

This pro­gram was a part of Ashokan Water­shed Month which con­tin­ues through­out the month of Sep­tem­ber. Upcom­ing pro­grams include a “Water­shed Pad­dle” at Ken­neth Wil­son Camp­ground and a Book Sign­ing and Read­ing in Wood­stock. Please visit out Ashokan Water­shed Month web­page for addi­tional infor­ma­tion about this and other upcom­ing events.

Sunset over Esopus Creek

A sun­set over the Eso­pus dur­ing the “Sun­set Rail Pedal along the Eso­pus” program.

Ashokan Watershed Residents Learn about Watershed Infrastructure

Posted on: September 10th, 2019 by Brent Gotsch
Adam Bosch, Director of Public Affairs for the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, gives a presentation on NYC watershed infrastructure during the "Understanding Ashokan Reservoir Operations" program.

Adam Bosch, Direc­tor of Pub­lic Affairs for the NYC Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion, gives a pre­sen­ta­tion on NYC water­shed infra­struc­ture dur­ing the “Under­stand­ing Ashokan Reser­voir Oper­a­tions” program.

 

Did you know the largest pub­lic works project in the Catskills in more than 50 years is being planned? Atten­dees learned this and more about how water makes the 92-mile jour­ney from upstate New York to New York City dur­ing the “Under­stand­ing Ashokan Reser­voir Oper­a­tions” pro­gram hosted by AWSMP on Mon­day, Sep­tem­ber 9. That evening, NYC Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion (NYC DEP) Direc­tor of Pub­lic Affairs Adam Bosch gave a detailed pre­sen­ta­tion on the his­tory of NYC’s water­shed, cur­rent oper­a­tions, and the future plans that NYC DEP has to upgrade that infrastructure.

He started off with a his­tor­i­cal overview of NYC’s water sup­ply, from the ear­li­est wells that the city used, to the engi­neer­ing mar­vels that are the Catskill and Delaware Sys­tems. He went on to describe the impor­tant work done by hun­dreds of NYC DEP employ­ees that work to ensure that clean water is deliv­ered to NYC res­i­dents. These include sci­en­tists that ana­lyze thou­sands of water sam­ples each year to ensure there are no harm­ful pathogens in the water, police forces that pro­tect the water sup­ply, main­te­nance crews that ensure the infra­struc­ture is in good work­ing order, engi­neers who design new infra­struc­ture projects, and other efforts.

Of par­tic­u­lar note, he talked about how NYC DEP plans to reha­bil­i­tate the Catskill Aque­duct, which extends about 74 miles from the Ashokan Reser­voir to the Ken­sico Reser­voir in Westch­ester County. His­tor­i­cally, this aque­duct has had a capac­ity of 660 mil­lion gal­lons of water a day but has been reduced to approx­i­mately 590 mil­lion gal­lons a day due to a buildup of biofilms. Biofilms are harm­less bac­te­ria that have fil­a­ments that feed off of the nat­u­rally occur­ring iron and man­ganese in the water. Their growth has cre­ated fric­tion in the aque­duct that slows the flow of water. Between 2019 and 2020, NYC is plan­ning on peri­od­i­cally shut­ting down the aque­duct and send­ing crews down to remove the biofilm.

He ended his pre­sen­ta­tion by talk­ing about the Ashokan Cen­tury Pro­gram. This will be an approx­i­mately 10-year, $1 bil­lion project to begin in 2023. It will be the largest pub­lic works project in the Catskills in more than 50 years. It will include upgrades in and around the Ashokan Reser­voir includ­ing the reha­bil­i­ta­tion of the Olive­bridge dam and dikes, the spill­way, divid­ing weir bridge, intake cham­bers, and J. Waldo Smith Monument.

Any­one inter­ested in the pre­sen­ta­tion can view it by click­ing this link.

This pro­gram was part of Ashokan Water­shed Month, which is a series of pro­grams run­ning through­out the month of Sep­tem­ber. Our next pro­gram, the “Sun­set Rail Pedal along the Eso­pus,” will be this Thurs­day, Sep­tem­ber 12. Other upcom­ing pro­grams include a “Water­shed Pad­dle” on Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 14 as well as a “Book Sign­ing and Read­ing” also on Sep­tem­ber 14. Please visit our web­page devoted to Ashokan Water­shed Month for more infor­ma­tion on these and other upcom­ing pro­grams for the month.

Plein-air Streamside Painting Kicked Off Ashokan Watershed Month

Posted on: September 5th, 2019 by Tim Koch
Plein-air painting participants show off their work on the banks of the Esopus.

Plein-air paint­ing par­tic­i­pants show off their work on the banks of the Esopus.

Ashokan Water­shed Month offi­cially kicked off yes­ter­day with the Plein-air Stream­side Paint­ing work­shop. Plein-air means “out­doors” in French, and yes­ter­day 16 par­tic­i­pants met at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian to paint the Eso­pus Creek, en plein-air.

AWSMP Stream Edu­ca­tor Tim Koch kicked things off with a dis­cus­sion of the stream fea­tures in the scene and how stream process may inform paint­ing tech­nique. For exam­ple, pools are stream fea­tures with deep, flat water that read­ily reflect the sky and any over­hang­ing ripar­ian veg­e­ta­tion. Rif­fles on the other hand are shal­low and tur­bu­lent fea­tures where por­tray­ing move­ment is a key ele­ment of stream paint­ing. Many streams have repeat­ing riffle-pool sequences that cre­ate a visu­ally appeal­ing pat­tern — per­fect for painting.

AWSMP Stream Educator Tim Koch gets excited talking about stream features.

AWSMP Stream Edu­ca­tor Tim Koch gets excited talk­ing about stream features.

Local artist and paint­ing instruc­tor Joyce Washor then led stu­dents through the con­cepts of lim­ited color the­ory, scene com­po­si­tion, per­spec­tive, and water color brush techniques.

Artist Joyce Washor demonstrates the "wet on wet" water color painting technique.

Artist Joyce Washor demon­strates the “wet on wet” water color paint­ing technique.

Using Joyce’s pen­cil sketch as a guide, each stu­dent brought the Eso­pus Creek scene to life in their unique way.

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Despite the threat of rain, a great time was had by all inte­grat­ing stream sci­ence and art.

Next up for Ashokan Water­shed Month is a pre­sen­ta­tion on Ashokan Reser­voir Oper­a­tions given by Adam Bosch, Direc­tor of Pub­lic Affairs for the NYC DEP. This pop­u­lar talk will be held at the AWSMP Office on Mon­day, Sep­tem­ber 9th from 6-8pm. Visit AWSMP’s Ashokan Water­shed Month web­page to register.

Register Now: Plein Air Painting Streamside!

Posted on: August 29th, 2019 by Leslie_Zucker

On Wednes­day, Sep­tem­ber 4 at 10am, join the Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram and local artist Joyce Washor to learn about Catskill streams and how to paint them.

Led by art teacher and water­color artist Joyce Washor and stream edu­ca­tor Tim Koch, the pro­gram includes art sup­plies and a packet of instruc­tional hand­outs. We’ll paint en plein air next to the beau­ti­ful upper Eso­pus Creek at the equally stun­ning Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY.

Watercolor Painting of Stream by Joyce Washor

Water­color Paint­ing of Stream by Joyce Washor

Joyce will lead begin­ner through inter­me­di­ate painters through the steps nec­es­sary to paint a stream. The train­ing will cover the basics of water­color paint­ing, such as how to mix and apply color, use of per­spec­tive, com­po­si­tion, and more. We’ll also learn about the typ­i­cal fea­tures of streams to deepen our knowl­edge of what we’re painting.

The event will be held from 10am-1pm at the Full Moon Resort, 12 Val­ley View Road, Big Indian, NY. A charge of $10 cov­ers art sup­plies (finan­cial assis­tance is avail­able, please call Linda at 845–688-3047). Reg­is­ter at: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/painting_251.

The month of Sep­tem­ber is Ashokan Water­shed Month! For a full event list­ing, visit ashokanstreams.org/conferences-training/watershed-month.

Cor­nell Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion of Ulster County pro­vides equal pro­gram and employ­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties. Please con­tact the stream pro­gram office at 845–688‑3047 if you have any spe­cial needs.

Look for AWSMP at Upcoming Community Days

Posted on: August 23rd, 2019 by Brent Gotsch
AWSMP/CCEUC educator Amanda Cabanillas talks with Shandaken resident Doris Nieves at the 2019 Shandaken Day event

AWSMP/CCEUC edu­ca­tor Amanda Caban­il­las talks with Shan­daken res­i­dent Doris Nieves at the 2019 Shan­daken Day event

 

AWSMP works hard to offer com­mu­nity edu­ca­tion. To that end we try to attend as many local events, fairs, and fes­ti­vals as pos­si­ble to get the word out about the impor­tance of stream management.

Recently, AWSMP attended Shan­daken Day held on August 17 on the grounds of the Catskills Vis­i­tor Cen­ter in Mount Trem­per, NY. Edu­ca­tors had a table with fact­sheets that con­tained infor­ma­tion on a vari­ety of top­ics related to stream man­age­ment. This year edu­ca­tors high­lighted the impor­tance of native ripar­ian plants. This is because the Catskills Vis­i­tor Cen­ter is the loca­tion of an AWSMP ripar­ian buffer plant­ing that the staff were eager to show-off. Atten­dees learned about the impor­tance of ripar­ian buffers and the need to con­trol inva­sive species using the nearby buffer as an exam­ple of what their own stream­bank could look like.

Atten­dees also picked up infor­ma­tion about the Catskill Streams Buffer Ini­tia­tive (CSBI), a pro­gram that offers NYC Water­shed res­i­dents with stream­side prop­erty the abil­ity to obtain, free of charge, ripar­ian plants native to the Catskills so that stream­banks can be reveg­e­tated. Veg­e­tated stream­banks are less sus­cep­ti­ble to ero­sion and pro­vide bet­ter habi­tat than stream­banks that are mowed or hard­ened with rock.

Look for AWSMP at Olive Day, which will be held on Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 7 at Lester Davis Park in West Shokan, NY. AWSMP also plans to be at Longyear Farm Day, which will be held on Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 12 at the Longyear Farm in Wood­stock, NY. We look for­ward to see­ing you all there!

 

AWSMP/CCEUC Youth Educator Matt Savatgy congratulates a youth who successfully completed the backyard fishing game at Olive Day 2018.

AWSMP/CCEUC Youth Edu­ca­tor Matt Savatgy con­grat­u­lates a young per­son who suc­cess­fully com­pleted the back­yard fish­ing game at Olive Day 2018.

 

HEC-RAS Workshop a Success!

Posted on: August 16th, 2019 by Tim Koch

The Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram recently hosted a three-day work­shop on how to use HEC-RAS, a pow­er­ful com­puter pro­gram used to model flow in stream chan­nels. HEC-RAS is an acronym for the Hydro­logic Engi­neer­ing Center’s River Analy­sis Sys­tem. First released in 1995, its capa­bil­i­ties have grown sig­nif­i­cantly over time. HEC-RAS is now on its fifth ver­sion. It is often used to delin­eate the extent of the 1% annual chance flood­plain (aka, the 100-year flood­plain) among other reg­u­la­tory, tech­ni­cal, and envi­ron­men­tal uses.

Workshop participants use digital models of the terrain to help model how rivers behave during flood events.

Work­shop par­tic­i­pants use dig­i­tal mod­els of the ter­rain to help model how rivers behave dur­ing flood events.

This 3-day work­shop focused on using HEC-RAS to aid in the assess­ment and design of bridges and cul­verts. Milone and MacB­room, Inc. (MMI) were con­tracted to con­duct the hands-on work­shop to an audi­ence of twenty peo­ple. Par­tic­i­pants included staff and man­agers from County Depart­ments of Pub­lic Works and Town High­way Depart­ments within the West of Hud­son Water Sup­ply water­sheds. Oth­ers in atten­dance included flood haz­ard mit­i­ga­tion per­son­nel from NYC DEP, Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram staff, DEC hydrol­o­gists, and folks from Riverkeeper.

HEC-RAS requires site-specific input data to accu­rately model flows and floods. Thus, the work­shop had a field com­po­nent where peo­ple were taught where to place stream cross sec­tions in rela­tion to the bridge, how to con­duct peb­ble counts to deter­mine size dis­tri­b­u­tion of sed­i­ment par­ti­cles on the stream bed, and how to mea­sure spe­cific com­po­nents of bridges and cul­verts required to build a HEC-RAS model. Only local data were used, and the work­shop cen­tered around mod­el­ing exist­ing con­di­tions and pro­posed alter­na­tives for an under-sized bridge in the Ashokan Reser­voir watershed.

Workshop participants investigate the Fox Hollow Road bridge over the Esopus Creek. Measurements taken on site were used to model different bridge replacement scenarios in order to increase community resilience during floods.

Work­shop par­tic­i­pants inves­ti­gate the Fox Hol­low Road bridge over the Eso­pus Creek. Mea­sure­ments taken on site were used to model dif­fer­ent bridge replace­ment sce­nar­ios in order to increase com­mu­nity resilience dur­ing floods.

It is impor­tant that bridges and cul­verts are sized prop­erly to pass flows that the struc­ture is likely to see over the course of its life. Under­sized bridges and cul­verts not only worsen flood­ing, but also frag­ment aquatic ecosys­tems and can cre­ate insta­bil­ity in the stream chan­nel that can prop­a­gate sig­nif­i­cant dis­tances upstream and down­stream from the struc­ture and lead to other damage.

This work­shop was aimed at empow­er­ing local engi­neers and high­way depart­ment staff to make informed deci­sions when man­ag­ing road-stream cross­ings (i.e., bridges and cul­verts.) Prop­erly sized cross­ings help to increase com­mu­nity resilience to cli­mate change, improve aquatic habi­tat, and help to main­tain water qual­ity in the Eso­pus Creek and its tributaries.

September is Ashokan Watershed Month — Register for Events Now

Posted on: August 12th, 2019 by Leslie_Zucker

The Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram (AWSMP) has declared that Sep­tem­ber 2019 is Ashokan Water­shed Month! Help us cel­e­brate the unique char­ac­ter­is­tics that make the Ashokan water­shed so spe­cial for those who live and visit here.

Dur­ing Sep­tem­ber, AWSMP and its water­shed part­ners are offer­ing a series of events that are edu­ca­tional and fun for the entire fam­ily. Take a self-guided “Ashokan Water­shed Adven­ture” to impor­tant stream sites from the top to bot­tom of the water­shed and win a patch and other prizes. For artsy types, attend a plein air paint­ing work­shop and learn about the stream fea­tures that you’ll be paint­ing. If you want to get out­side, take a guided pad­dle at Ken­neth Wil­son Camp­ground, explore the Eso­pus Creek on a Rail Explor­ers rail car, or learn about fly fish­ing and the Eso­pus Creek fish­ery. There will also be a series of talks and inter­preted walks on the top­ics of Ashokan Reser­voir oper­a­tions, water­shed wet­lands, and pale­o­cli­mate. We’ll wrap up the month with a vol­un­teer ripar­ian plant­ing project near one of our stream restora­tion projects fol­lowed by a clos­ing party and social hour.

Most of these events are free and fam­ily friendly, but reg­is­tra­tion may be required. To learn more about spe­cific events and to reg­is­ter visit ashokanstreams.org/conferences-training/watershed-month/. We look for­ward to cel­e­brat­ing Ashokan Water­shed Month with you!

Canoe-Kayak by Aaron Bennett

Cel­e­brate by par­tic­i­pat­ing in one of many events includ­ing a stream paddle.

Stream Snorkeling Returns!

Posted on: July 31st, 2019 by Leslie_Zucker

Snorkel in the Eso­pus Creek and dis­cover the under­wa­ter world of streams! Chil­dren at least 9 years old or enter­ing 4th grade and adult fam­ily mem­bers can attend a one-hour snor­kel­ing ses­sion in July, or a full day snor­kel­ing and stream study event in August. The July dates are Fri­day, July 12, 19, and 26 — reg­is­ter for one hour from 9:30–10:30 or 10:45–11:45. Attend a full-day of stream activ­i­ties from 9:30–4:00 on Fri­day, August 16.

All snor­kel­ing pro­grams are held at the Emer­son Resort & Spa, 5340 NY-28, Mt Trem­per, NY. All pro­grams are free for Ashokan Reser­voir water­shed res­i­dents (towns of Shan­daken, Olive, Wood­stock, and Hur­ley) and Emer­son Resort guests!

To reg­is­ter for a snor­kel­ing ses­sion in July, call the Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram office at (845) 688‑3047 and ask for Linda. Reg­is­ter online for the all-day snor­kel­ing and stream stud­ies event on August 16 at: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/streamsnorkeling-2019_251 or call the stream pro­gram office.

Please remem­ber to bring a change of clothes, a swim suit, a towel and old sneak­ers or water shoes (no open-toed shoes) that can get wet. You should also bring sun screen and bug repel­lant if needed. Other wise, every­thing else will be provided.

The event is offered by Cor­nell Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion of Ulster County work­ing with the Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram. See an infor­ma­tional video on the snor­kel­ing pro­gram at: https://youtu.be/fj0QGVVHJQk

Stream Snorkeling in the Esopus Creek

Reg­is­ter now for stream snorkeling!

AWSMP at Ulster County Fair August 1st

Posted on: July 30th, 2019 by Brent Gotsch
AWSMP Stream Educator Tim Koch (gray shirt) uses the stream table to educate Ulster County Fair attendees on the topic of stream dynamics.

AWSMP Stream Edu­ca­tor Tim Koch (gray shirt) uses the stream table to edu­cate Ulster County Fair atten­dees on the topic of stream dynamics.

 

AWSMP will be at the Ulster County Fair on Thurs­day, August 1 from 10:00am to 3:00pm. We will be located in the Jane W. Bar­ley Memo­r­ial Youth Build­ing. Come visit us and see the stream table in action and learn how water sculpts the land­scape around it. Also see how human inter­ven­tion, par­tic­u­larly how improp­erly designed stream cross­ings and dredg­ing, can have a neg­a­tive impact upon not just the stream but the sur­round­ing land­scape. Be sure to pick up some pro­gram lit­er­a­ture, chat with our edu­ca­tors, and get a deli­cious 4-H milkshake!

Views from the Watershed Bus Tour

Posted on: July 19th, 2019 by Tim Koch

On Sat­ur­day, July 13th, AWSMP par­tic­i­pated in the Views From the Water­shed Bus TourPar­tic­i­pants from New York City and water­shed towns stopped at dif­fer­ent loca­tions in the Ashokan and Pepacton water­sheds dur­ing the day long excur­sion. Guest speak­ers dis­cussed the social his­tory of the water­shed, recre­ational oppor­tu­ni­ties, and other aspects of the West of Hud­son water sup­ply system.

At the Main Street bridge in Phoeni­cia, AWSMP Stream Edu­ca­tor Tim Koch talked about sed­i­ment and tur­bid­ity projects that have been com­pleted in the Stony Clove Creek water­shed. There was also dis­cus­sion about the flood haz­ard mit­i­ga­tion project com­pleted at the bridge fol­low­ing Trop­i­cal Storm Irene in 2011.

The group gath­ered under the shade of a tree to escape the sun. Despite the heat, every­one had a great time and even man­aged to sneak in a prac­ti­cal joke. Tour orga­nizer, Lize Mogel, instructed par­tic­i­pants to boo and hiss when Tim said the word “tur­bid­ity” to empha­size the detri­men­tal impact that tur­bid­ity and sus­pended sed­i­ment can have on the water supply.

A sec­ond bus tour is sched­uled for August 3rd, 2019. AWSMP’s Aaron Ben­nett will dis­cuss flood haz­ard mit­i­ga­tion. For more infor­ma­tion and to pur­chase tick­ets for the August Views From the Water­shed Bus Tour, click here. The bus tours are funded by a Water­shed Edu­ca­tion Grant from the Catskill Water­shed Corporation.