Ashokan Watershed Conference

Posted on: February 11th, 2014 by Leslie_Zucker

A his­tor­i­cal look at our Catskill streams and com­mu­ni­ties will be the theme of the 2014 Ashokan Water­shed Con­fer­ence Flow­ing Through Time: Streams and Catskill Moun­tain Com­mu­ni­tiesExperts will exam­ine the his­to­ry and folk­lore of our region, the rel­e­vance of past and cur­rent stream man­age­ment approach­es, issues with cli­mate change, and oth­er top­ics of inter­est to res­i­dents, munic­i­pal offi­cials, and the com­mu­ni­ty. Bill Birns, a not­ed local writer, edu­ca­tor and his­to­ri­an will dis­cuss the social his­to­ry of the Ashokan Water­shed — from ear­ly inhab­i­tants to how locals “cre­at­ed” the Catskills region. Spe­cial focus will be paid to chang­ing weath­er pat­terns and the impli­ca­tions for com­mu­ni­ties and streams. Cli­ma­tol­o­gist Allan Frei from Hunter Col­lege, and mete­o­rol­o­gist Steve DiRien­zo from the NWS in Albany will speak about extreme weath­er and what to expect from a chang­ing cli­mate. Roy Schiff, water resource engi­neer of Milone and MacB­room will talk about stream and flood­plain man­age­ment that reduce flood­ing and ero­sion haz­ards. Addi­tion­al pre­sen­ta­tions on flood maps and oth­er top­ics will also be had.  The con­fer­ence will take place Sat­ur­day, April 5, 2014 at the Ashokan Cen­ter in Olive­bridge, NY. There will be a $10 per per­son fee which includes lunch and refresh­ments. Reg­is­tra­tion begins March 1st.