Ashokan Watershed Month: September 2019

In 2019,  The Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram (AWSMP) des­ig­nated Sep­tem­ber as Ashokan Water­shed Month in order to cel­e­brate the unique char­ac­ter­is­tics that make this water­shed so spe­cial for those who live and visit here. In lieu of our one-day water­shed con­fer­ence, we put together a month full of events that were edu­ca­tional and fun for the entire fam­ily. Event descrip­tions can be found below.

Ashokan Water­shed Adventure

Var­i­ous loca­tions through­out the Ashokan Water­shed. Pick up a printed Ashokan Water­shed Adven­ture Guide at the AWSMP office (3130 Route 28, Shokan, NY) or down­load a pdf ver­sion.

Multi-tiered waterfall at Halcott Falls

Hal­cott Falls, photo by Tim Koch

 

Let’s go on an Ashokan Water­shed Adven­ture! AWSMP staff have trav­eled high and low through­out the water­shed and des­ig­nated 11 spots that we think every­one should see. We’re chal­leng­ing you to visit as many of the sites as you can. Stop by our office or down­load an Ashokan Water­shed Adven­ture Guide describ­ing the var­i­ous sites.

For more infor­ma­tion, call the AWSMP office: 845–688-3047


En Plein Air Stream­side Painting

Wednes­day, Sep­tem­ber 4 
Full Moon Resort
12 Val­ley View Road, Big Indian, NY

Watercolor of a stream by Joyce Washor

Par­tic­i­pants joined artist Joyce Washor and learned how to use water­col­ors to paint a stream en plein air (French for “out­doors”). Joyce taught them how to best cre­ate a nat­ural out­door scene (a stream in this case) while AWSMP staff edu­cated par­tic­i­pants about the dif­fer­ent stream fea­tures they will paint. Reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants were pro­vided with a set of art sup­plies. Cost: $10.


Alien Invaders Strike the Catskills!

Sun­day, Sept. 8
Catskill Vis­i­tors Cen­ter
5096 Route 28, Mt. Trem­per, NY

“Alien Invaders” was a talk about the inva­sive plants and for­est pests that plague the Catskills with Cary Insti­tute For­est Ecol­o­gist Gary Lovett and Catskill Regional Inva­sive Species Part­ner­ship Coor­di­na­tor John Thomp­son. Cost: Free


Under­stand­ing Ashokan Reser­voir Operations

Mon­day, Sep­tem­ber 9 
AWSMP Office
3130 Route 28, Shokan, NY

Aerator at the Ashokan Reservoir in the Catskill Mountains

Site of DEP oper­a­tions at the Ashokan Reservoir

 

Ever won­der how water makes the 92-mile jour­ney from Ashokan Reser­voir to New York City? This was your oppor­tu­nity to find out! Adam Bosch of the NYC Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion explained how NYC man­ages its water sup­ply sys­tem and gave a detailed run­down of oper­a­tions at Ashokan Reser­voir. Par­tic­i­pants learned how DEP cur­rently oper­ates its vast infra­struc­ture and about the Ashokan Cen­tury Pro­gram, an approx­i­mately $1 bil­lion pro­gram to refur­bish and upgrade the infra­struc­ture at Ashokan Reser­voir start­ing in the mid-2020s. Cost: Free


Sun­set Rail Pedal along the Esopus

Thurs­day, Sep­tem­ber 12
Rail Explor­ers Catskills Divi­sion
70 Lower High Street, Phoeni­cia, NY

AWSMP hosted a sun­set rail­car pedal with Rail Explor­ers along the Eso­pus Creek. Par­tic­i­pants learned about the Eso­pus Creek and flood mit­i­ga­tion projects under­way in the area. There were approx­i­mately 2 hours of ped­al­ing and 4 stops dur­ing the event. Cost: Free


Water­shed Paddle

Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 14 
Ken­neth Wil­son Camp­ground
859 Wit­ten­berg Road, Mount Trem­per, NY

Two people kayaking on Catskill Mountain Lake

Photo: Aaron Bennett

This was a chance to hop inside a kayak or canoe for a pad­dle around the lake at Ken­neth Wil­son Camp­ground and por­tions of the Lit­tle Beaver Kill, and learn about streams while on the water! All equip­ment was pro­vided. Cost: Free!


Book Sign­ing and Read­ing — Lit­tle One and the Water

Sat­ur­day, Sept.14 
Golden Note­book
29 Tin­ker Street, Wood­stock, NY

Child Standing in Stream

Illus­tra­tion by Will Lytle

 

Beloved local illus­tra­tor and author Will Lytle (Thorneater Comics) was on hand at the Golden Note­book to sign copies of his new children’s book fea­tur­ing the Lit­tle Beaver Kill, a stream that runs near Wood­stock. A child explores the stream start­ing at its out­let all the way to its source. The Lit­tle Beaver Kill was eval­u­ated by the Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram as one of the health­i­est streams in the water­shed. Will met with stream spe­cial­ists in sev­eral meet­ings and walked its entire length to ensure the accu­racy of its ecosys­tem, includ­ing the major flora and fauna, in his depic­tions. Will read por­tions of his book Lit­tle One and the Water. The book was pro­duced as part of the Catskill Waters ini­tia­tive, a com­mu­nity forum for shar­ing sto­ries about water stew­ard­ship orga­nized by Keiko Sono.  Cost: Free


Pale­o­cli­mate of the Catskills

Wednes­day, Sept. 18
Santa Fe Wood­stock
1802 Route 28, Wood­stock, NY

The cli­mate is chang­ing, but what was it like in the dis­tant past and how can that inform what the future cli­mate might be? Dr. Dorothy Peteet, Senior Research Sci­en­tist at Colum­bia Uni­ver­sity and NASA dis­cussed the his­tory of abrupt cli­mate change and pat­terns of drought revealed by local land­scapes. Can wet­lands and streams cap­ture and store car­bon? We learned more about this impor­tant and timely topic. Cost: Free


Eso­pus Creek Fish and Fly Fish­ing Demonstration

Fri­day, Sept. 20 
Catskills Vis­i­tor Cen­ter
5096 Route 28, Mount Trem­per, NY

Tying a Royal Wulff fly pattern

Tying a Royal Wulff

Did you know the Eso­pus Creek is con­sid­ered the birth­place of Amer­i­can dry fly fish­ing? We learned about the Eso­pus Creek fish­ery from USGS biol­o­gist Scott George. Mem­bers from Trout Unlim­ited were avail­able to instruct par­tic­i­pants on how to tie a fly appro­pri­ate for the Eso­pus Creek and cast using a fly rod. For any­one inter­ested in learn­ing more about fish and fish­ing the Eso­pus Creek, this was the event to attend. Cost: Free


The Impor­tance of Water­shed Wetlands

Fri­day, Sept. 20 
Ashokan Rail Trail
AWSMP Office, 3130 Route 28, Shokan, NY

Hikers on the Ashokan Rail Trail

Hik­ers walk a forested sec­tion of the Ashokan Rail Trail

 

Par­tic­i­pants got an early look at the Ashokan Rail Trail with Ulster County staff while they learned about the impor­tance of wet­lands for clean water. DEP wet­lands sci­en­tist Lau­rie Machung and Frank Pari­sio  dis­cussed how DEP is pro­tect­ing wet­lands near the Ashokan Reser­voir.  Sev­eral types of wet­lands and But­ter­nut Creek were vis­i­ble from the rail trail. Cost: Free


Lit­tle Beaver Kill Book Sign­ing and Video Release

Sun­day, Sept. 22 
Catskills Vis­i­tor Cen­ter
5096 Route 28, Mount Trem­per, NY

Catskill Waters pre­sented Lit­tle One and the Water, a children’s illus­trated book, along with author Will Lytle (Thorneater Comics) and an accom­pa­ny­ing video on Lit­tle Beaver Kill—the sub­ject of the bookThorneater Comics is known for his poignant black and white draw­ing style in a wide array of for­mats from comic strips in the Wood­stock Times to murals in Kingston. As a part of Catskill Waters, a pub­lic out­reach and edu­ca­tional ini­tia­tive funded by the Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram (AWSMP), he authored Lit­tle One and the Water based on the Lit­tle Beaver Kill, an actual stream that runs near Wood­stock. The Lit­tle Beaver Kill was eval­u­ated by AWSMP as one of the health­i­est streams in the Ashokan water­shed. Thorneater met with the stream spe­cial­ists in sev­eral meet­ings and walked its entire length to ensure the accu­racy of its ecosys­tem, includ­ing the major flora and fauna, in his depic­tions. A doc­u­men­tary of the Lit­tle Beaver Kill stream assess­ment will be screened, fol­lowed by Q&A. Lim­ited copies of the book will be given away for free.

Also on dis­play: Por­traits and Sto­ries, a series of paper sil­hou­ette pro­files of the water­shed res­i­dents, cre­ated by Jenny Lee Fowler. They will be dis­played with match­ing audio record­ings of the sit­ters’ stories.

No reg­is­tra­tion required. Cost: Free


Ripar­ian Plant­ing and Ashokan Water­shed Month Clos­ing Party

Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 28
Plant­ing near Van Hoagland Road, Lake Hill, NY
Social Hour at Phoeni­cia Diner, 5681 Route 28, Phoeni­cia, NY

Riparian planting volunteer in the Catskills

Vol­un­teers helped us send-off Ashokan Water­shed Month with a ripar­ian buffer plant­ing at a stream restora­tion site in beau­ti­ful Mink Hol­low. A social hour at the Phoeni­cia Diner fol­lowed the plant­ing. Cost: Free

 

Cor­nell Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion of Ulster County pro­vides equal pro­gram and employ­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties. Please con­tact the stream pro­gram office at 845–688-3047 if you have any questions.

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