Acclaimed Scientist to discuss Stream Management in the Catskills

Posted on: October 11th, 2019 by Brent Gotsch
Dave Rosgen, Ph.D. teaches a class about fluvial geomorphology.

Dave Rosgen, Ph.D. teaches a class about fluvial geomorphology.


The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) will host a public lecture by Dave Rosgen, Ph.D., who is widely regarded as one of the foremost stream management experts in the world. His talk, “Living with Mountain Rivers in a Changing Climate” will focus on making river communities resilient to more frequent flooding as a result of climate change. He will share best management practices for river management including his approach to river restoration known as Natural Channel Design. This approach works with the natural tendencies of rivers to reach equilibrium within the landscape they pass through.

Rosgen is a professional hydrologist and geomorphologist with 49 years of experience working in rivers. He has designed and implemented more than 70 large scale river restoration projects. His work has been featured in national publications such as National Geographic and the New York Times and he has authored more than five dozen reports, journal articles and federal agency manuals and books. He has taught short courses in watershed management and river restoration for river managers throughout the country for the past 25 years.

Since the mid-1990s, DEP has provided nearly $200 million to fund restoration of nearly 50 miles of stream in the Catskills, including more than 400 individual projects. The projects, many of which have used Rosgen’s methods, are coordinated through unique partnerships with local agencies. In Ulster County, this is done through the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program (AWSMP) which is a partnership between Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County and the Ulster County Soil and Water Conservation District. These collaborations have yielded wide-ranging benefits to local communities and to water quality.

The talk will be held at the Overlook Lodge of Belleayre Mountain, 181 Galli Curci Road in Highmount, NY on October 21, from 7:00-9:00pm. It is free of charge and open to the public. Space is limited and registration is encouraged.

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