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.