Ashokan Watershed Weekend Events Begin in July 2020!

The Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram presents Ashokan Water­shed Week­end over sev­eral week­ends this sum­mer start­ing July 9–10, 2020. 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. AND, you’re invited to par­tic­i­pate in the “Love Your Stream” project. Sub­mit short videos, pho­tos and art­work in and around your favorite stream by July 8 for an online screen­ing on July 10. See details about the “Love Your Stream” project, below.

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.

See detailed infor­ma­tion on how to par­tic­i­pate below.

 Thurs­day, July 9, 2020—Municipal Offi­cials Day

Our Munic­i­pal Offi­cials pro­gram begins online at 10:00 am and ends at 12:00 pm.

Stream Types_Dave Rosgen_Wildland Hydrology Used with Permission

Who Should Attend: We encour­age all munic­i­pal offi­cials and agency staff work­ing in the towns of Shan­daken, Olive, Wood­stock, Hur­ley, Lex­ing­ton, and Hunter, and inter­ested mem­bers of the gen­eral pub­lic to attend. Including:

  • Plan­ning Board, Zon­ing Board of Appeals, Con­ser­va­tion Advi­sory Coun­cil, Flood Advi­sory or sim­i­lar com­mit­tee member
  • Town Super­vi­sors, Town Board members
  • High­way Depart­ment staff
  • Build­ing Depart­ment staff
  • Ulster County gov­ern­ment employees
  • NYS Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion employees



10:00 AM — 11:00 AM
STREAMS 101 will be taught by Alli­son Lent of the Ulster County Soil and Water Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict and Tim Koch of Cor­nell Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion of Ulster County. Munic­i­pal offi­cials will leave with a basic under­stand­ing of how streams func­tion and the types of streams found in the Ashokan Water­shed. We’ll talk about issues affect­ing water qual­ity, stream sta­bil­ity, and pub­lic infra­struc­ture, and man­age­ment approaches for address­ing them.

11:00 AM — 12:00 PM
 will be taught by Leslie Zucker of Cor­nell Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion of Ulster County and Adam Doan of the Ulster County Soil and Water Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict, both are pro­gram lead­ers for the AWSMP. Not many places in the coun­try have a government-funded stream man­age­ment pro­gram, which makes water­sheds of the Catskills unique. Since 2001, the Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram has funded over $12 mil­lion in stream projects ben­e­fit­ing Ashokan Water­shed com­mu­ni­ties and restored sta­bil­ity to over 6.5 miles of stream chan­nel and ripar­ian buffer. Learn more about the his­tory of col­lab­o­ra­tion on stream man­age­ment in the Ashokan Water­shed and what the stream pro­gram offers to landown­ers, munic­i­pal­i­ties, and water users.

Each pre­sen­ta­tion will be approx­i­mately 1 hour in length and include time for questions.

To reg­is­ter visit: Reg­is­ter by July 8. An online meet­ing link will be pro­vided. Con­tact Brent Gotsch at with any questions.


Beaver Lodge and dam on Kanape Brook

Fri­day, July 10—Youth and Fam­ily Day

KANAPE BROOK STREAM WALK, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

This hike along the beau­ti­ful Kanape Brook in West Shokan, NY is for youth and fam­i­lies. On the hike we’ll explore stream ecol­ogy and phys­i­cal fea­tures, and stream­side veg­e­ta­tion. We will also spend time near a large North Amer­i­can Beaver lodge com­plex and learn how these amaz­ing mam­mals can change their environment.

Due to NYS phys­i­cal dis­tanc­ing guide­lines, there will be two guided hikes lim­ited to 10 par­tic­i­pants each. For everyone’s pro­tec­tion, all par­tic­i­pants must agree to fol­low pub­lic health poli­cies out­lined for the event. See our Safety Pledge here.

The first group will depart the Kanape Brook Trail park­ing lot at 9:00 am and return by 12:00 pm. The sec­ond group will depart the park­ing lot at 10:00 am and return by 1:00 pm.

Each group will spend approx­i­mately 3 hours on the stream and hike about 4 miles round-trip. Please be aware that while the trail is gen­er­ally well-maintained, there are some fallen trees and other obsta­cles that will need to be nav­i­gated around. Wear hik­ing boots or closed-toe shoes, bring sun screen and insect repel­lent if using.  Face cov­er­ings are manda­tory when stopped for edu­ca­tion or con­ver­sa­tion and will be pro­vided for par­tic­i­pants not bring­ing their own.

Meet at the Kanape Brook Trail park­ing area (see Kanape Brook, Sun­down Wild For­est for direc­tions) about one-half hour before your trip begins. We’ll pro­vide a safety ori­en­ta­tion before the hike starts.

Reg­is­ter early! To reg­is­ter, select your pre­ferred group:

Group 1 from 9:00–12:00
Group 2 from 10:00–1:00

Con­tact Brent Gotsch at at with any ques­tions about the event.


Ashokan Watershed event participan taking a photo of the stream

We all love our streams in the Ashokan Water­shed! To show your appre­ci­a­tion, fam­i­lies or indi­vid­u­als are invited to sub­mit a short video (no more than 5 min­utes) of you doing an activ­ity that you love by or on your stream. This could include fish­ing, boating/tubing, paint­ing, bird watch­ing or just about any  activ­ity on or near the water. You can also sub­mit pho­tographs and orig­i­nal art­work. AWSMP staff will com­pile the videos and share them with oth­ers at an event streamed online. After we share the videos AWSMP staff will be on hand to answer any ques­tions you have about stream management.

Please read our Sub­mis­sion Guide­lines.

Video or art sub­mis­sions are due by Fri­day, July 3, 2020. Con­tact Brent Gotsch at if you have any­thing you’d like to submit.

Landowner Days (exact dates to be announced)

Future events this sum­mer will be focused on the needs of stream­side landown­ers in the Ashokan Water­shed and will be announced soon!

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