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.

 

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