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Thank You for Helping us Celebrate Ashokan Watershed Month

Posted on: October 3rd, 2019 by Brent Gotsch
AWSMP staff kayak on the lake of Kenneth Wilson Campground and a section of the Little Beaver Kill during Ashokan Watershed Month 2019.

AWSMP staff kayak on the lake of Ken­neth Wil­son Camp­ground and a sec­tion of the Lit­tle Beaver Kill dur­ing Ashokan Water­shed Month 2019.

 

The Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram would like to thank every­one for par­tic­i­pat­ing in our inau­gural Ashokan Water­shed Month. Ear­lier this year, AWSMP staff devel­oped a series of ambi­tious and cre­ative pro­grams that we hoped would be of inter­est to a wide cross-section of the peo­ple who visit, live, and work in the Ashokan Reser­voir Water­shed. Now that it’s all over we believe that it was a resound­ing success!

Will Lytle reads from his new AWSMP funded children's book "Little One and the Water" at the Golden Notebook in Woodstock during Ashokan Watershed Month 2019.

Will Lytle reads from his new AWSMP funded children’s book “Lit­tle One and the Water” at the Golden Note­book in Wood­stock dur­ing Ashokan Water­shed Month 2019.

 

The pro­grams that were offered included:

  • An En Plein Air Stream­side Paint­ing class where par­tic­i­pants learned how to use water col­ors to paint a stream scene while learn­ing about the stream fea­tures they were painting.
  • The NYC Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion (NYC DEP) gave a pre­sen­ta­tion on Under­stand­ing Ashokan Reser­voir Oper­a­tions and explained how they are going to upgrade their infra­struc­ture in the com­ing years.
  • AWSMP part­nered with Rail Explor­ers to host a Sun­set Rail Pedal along the Eso­pus where par­tic­i­pants got to see the Eso­pus Creek from a wholly dif­fer­ent perspective.
  • At Ken­neth Wil­son Camp­ground we hosted a Water­shed Pad­dle where par­tic­i­pants got to learn about streams while float­ing on the water itself.
  • AWSMP hosted Dr. Dorothy Peteet of Colum­bia Uni­ver­sity and NASA who gave a pre­sen­ta­tion on Pale­o­cli­mate of the Catskills.
  • Both the United States Geo­log­i­cal Sur­vey (USGS) and the Ashokan-Pepacton Chap­ter of Trout Unlim­ited gave a pre­sen­ta­tion on the fish­eries of the Eso­pus Creek and the his­tory of fly fish­ing the area, respectively.
  • Ulster County and NYC DEP gave par­tic­i­pants a sneak peek of the Ashokan Reser­voir Rail Trail and a new appre­ci­a­tion for wet­lands dur­ing our Impor­tance of Water­shed Wet­lands walk.
  • AWSMP had not one, but two Book Sign­ings and Read­ings of “Lit­tle One and the Water,” an envi­ron­men­tally themed children’s book funded by AWSMP.
  • Finally, we rounded out the month with a Ripar­ian Buffer Plant­ing on the Beaver Kill in the Town of Wood­stock where vol­un­teers helped reveg­e­tate a stream project site and fol­lowed it up with a Clos­ing Party at the Phoeni­cia Diner.

 

A scene from "The Importance of Watershed Wetlands" walk and talk from Ashokan Watershed Month 2019.

A scene from “The Impor­tance of Water­shed Wet­lands” walk and talk from Ashokan Water­shed Month 2019.

 

While we may be done with Water­shed Month pro­gram­ming you can still take part in the Ashokan Water­shed Adven­ture, a self-guided tour of impor­tant sites through­out the water­shed. Book­lets with infor­ma­tion about each of the sites are avail­able at our office or can be down­loaded. Those who do the adven­ture can still pick-up their prizes while they last.

Once again, thank you all for help­ing us cel­e­brate what makes our water­shed so unique. Be sure to check our web­site and social media accounts often to see future pro­gram­ming and hap­pen­ings from AWSMP!

 

Volunteers and AWSMP help plant native riparian vegetation on the site of stream restoration project along Mink Hollow during Ashokan Watershed Month 2019.

Vol­un­teers and AWSMP help plant native ripar­ian veg­e­ta­tion on the site of a stream restora­tion project along Mink Hol­low Rd. dur­ing Ashokan Water­shed Month 2019.

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Help AWSMP plant a Riparian Buffer then join us for a Party!

Posted on: September 25th, 2019 by Brent Gotsch
Help AWSMP plant a riparian buffer this weekend and join us for the Ashokan Watershed Month Closing Party!

Help AWSMP plant a ripar­ian buffer this week­end and join us for the Ashokan Water­shed Month Clos­ing Party!

 

The Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram (AWSMP) hopes you had great time cel­e­brat­ing Ashokan Water­shed Month with us. Now we need your help with our last pro­gram to close out the celebrations!

Join us this Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 28, and help us plant a ripar­ian buffer at the site of a stream restora­tion project in the Town of Wood­stock. Meet us at the inter­sec­tion of Mink Hol­low Road and Van Hoagland Road near Lake Hill, NY at 10:00am. AWSMP staff will direct you where to park. From 10:00am to approx­i­mately 2:00pm we will be plant­ing native ripar­ian plants along a stream­bank. Water and some light refresh­ments will be on hand.

After the plant­ing is over we hope that you can join us at the Phoeni­cia Diner, located at 5681 State Route 28 in Phoeni­cia for a Clos­ing Party. We will be located out­side in the Phoenica Diner’s “Lot.” Par­tic­i­pants will be given a voucher to help pay for food from the Phoeni­cia Diner’s Airstream Food Truck. The Clos­ing Party will be approx­i­mately one hour in length.

Par­tic­i­pants in the plant­ing will also receive an Ashokan Water­shed Month reusable tote bag. Any­one is wel­come to par­tic­i­pate in the Plant­ing and Clos­ing Party but reg­is­tra­tion is required. We look for­ward to see­ing you on Sat­ur­day to get your hands dirty help­ing the envi­ron­ment and to cel­e­brate the end of Ashokan Water­shed Month!

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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.

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