The Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program is presenting Ashokan Watershed Weekend over several weekends this summer. Join other Ashokan Reservoir Watershed residents to learn more about the watershed’s creeks and streams, how they behave, and what we can do to benefit (and benefit from) streams.
All events are open and free to residents of the Ashokan Watershed. Generally, the Ashokan Watershed overlaps the towns of Shandaken, Olive, Woodstock, and Hurley in Ulster County, and Lexington and Hunter in Greene County.
Landowner Days: Living in the Watershed
On Wednesday, August 19 starting at 7:00 p.m. there will be an online Zoom presentation of the programs and services available to landowners in the Ashokan Reservoir Watershed and the greater Catskill and Delaware portions of the New York City Drinking Water Supply Watershed. This program is geared for current or potential landowners, but other interested individuals are welcome to attend.
Landowners in the NYC Watershed have access to a wide variety of assistance programs that aren’t available in other areas of the state. During this helpful program, some of the partners who deliver NYC’s Watershed Protection Program will discuss resources available to landowners who are managing streams, floodplains, wastewater, forests and agricultural lands, and who want to improve and protect their property while benefiting the environment. Landowners will have the opportunity to ask questions about the programs and AWSMP presenters will provide guidance on where to seek additional information.
The program is free to attend, but registration is required. For more information or to register for the event please visit https://tinyurl.com/AshokanLandowners.
Previous Watershed Weekend Events
In past Ashokan Watershed Weekend events, the public participated in webinars where they learned about the basics of stream science and the programs and services offered by the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program. There was also a guided hike up Kanape Brook where participants learned about stream geomorphology and the impact that North American Beavers have on streams.
On August 7, AWSMP hosted a “bike hike” along the Ashokan Rail Trail. AWSMP staff led the bike ride along the trail, teaching participants about the Ashokan Watershed, the Ashokan Reservoir and the New York City drinking water supply system. They also learned about the plants and animals along the trail and took a close look at Butternut Creek, and how it crosses the trail and empties into the reservoir.