AWSMP Welcomes New Staff

Posted on: November 25th, 2014 by Leslie_Zucker

The AWSMP is pleased to announce two new staff posi­tions at the Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram (AWSMP). With fund­ing from the NYC Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion, the AWSMP is now able to expand its out­reach and tech­ni­cal assis­tance with­in the Ashokan Watershed.

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Jen­nifer Bow­man, Water­shed Educator

Jen­nifer Bow­man is our new Water­shed Edu­ca­tor with Cor­nell Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion of Ulster Coun­ty. Jen will be coor­di­nat­ing the AWSM­P’s com­mu­ni­ty edu­ca­tion pro­gram. Look for new pro­grams geared to engage just about every­one in learn­ing about streams in 2015. You may see Jen around the water­shed at var­i­ous pub­lic events. Jen holds a Master’s degree in Envi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence and Edu­ca­tion from Anti­och Uni­ver­si­ty New Eng­land and has held var­i­ous water­shed posi­tions. As an envi­ron­men­tal edu­ca­tor, she facil­i­tat­ed nation­al envi­ron­men­tal edu­ca­tion sup­port pro­grams. Jen is a cer­ti­fied inter­pre­tive guide and has taught and orga­nized inter­ac­tive edu­ca­tion pro­grams for audi­ences of all ages. Jen grew up in the State of Delaware on the fam­i­ly sheep farm. When not at work, Jen loves to spend time trav­el­ing and explor­ing the out­doors, hik­ing, kayak­ing, and gardening.

Aaron Bennett, Environmental Planner

Aaron Ben­nett, Envi­ron­men­tal Plan­ner (and sons)

Aaron Ben­nett was recent­ly named  Envi­ron­men­tal Plan­ner with the Ulster Coun­ty Depart­ment of Envi­ron­ment. With sup­port from the AWSMP, he will be work­ing on flood haz­ard mit­i­ga­tion plan­ning for com­mu­ni­ties with­in the NYC Water­shed por­tions of Ulster Coun­ty. Aaron most recent­ly was Deputy Coor­di­na­tor with the Ulster Coun­ty Depart­ment of Envi­ron­ment. He’s pre­vi­ous­ly worked with Catskill Moun­tain­keep­er, the Cen­tral Catskills Cham­ber of Com­merce, the Catskill Water­shed Cor­po­ra­tion, and the Catskill Cen­ter. Aaron is a life­long res­i­dent of the Catskill Moun­tains and was raised in the ham­let of Oliv­erea along the upper Eso­pus Creek. He attend­ed the Phoeni­cia Ele­men­tary School and Onte­o­ra Senior High School, and grad­u­at­ed from the State Uni­ver­si­ty of New York Col­lege of Envi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence and Forestry (ESF) with a Bachelor’s degree in Water Resource Man­age­ment in 1997. Aaron is a Cer­ti­fied Flood­plain Man­ag­er, and a licensed hik­ing guide.

Wel­come Jen and Aaron!