Ashokan Watershed Weekend Events — Summer 2020

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.

See detailed infor­ma­tion on how to par­tic­i­pate below.

Landowner Days (Wednesday, August 19, 2020 — 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

Strream planting_Bobby Taylor_Emerson 2019

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.

Kids look at a beaver pelt and pond during a forest hike

Young hik­ers learn about beavers dur­ing the Kanape Brook hike. Note the “bench” where the kids are seat­ed. Pho­to by Tim Koch.

 biking along the Ashokan Rail Trail

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.