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Ashokan Reservoir: A Great Place to Recreate

Posted on: May 18th, 2020 by Brent Gotsch
Ashokan Reservoir. Photo by Allison Lent

Ashokan Reser­voir. Pho­to by Alli­son Lent


We just want­ed to share some beau­ti­ful pho­tos of the Ashokan Reser­voir that were tak­en recent­ly by AWSMP and Ulster Coun­ty Soil and Water Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict employ­ee Alli­son Lent. Even in times like these when there is so much stress and uncer­tain­ty we should con­sid­er our­selves lucky to be in such close prox­im­i­ty to so much nat­ur­al splendor.

We’re in the midst of fish­ing sea­son and the Ashokan Reser­voir is a great place to get out­side and enjoy some fish­ing while main­tain­ing social dis­tanc­ing. Before you head out be sure to get a New York City Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion (NYC DEP) Access Per­mit (free of charge and eas­i­ly done online) and a New York State Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion (NYSDEC) Fish­ing License (can also be done online but costs vary).

We hope that you enjoy the reser­voir, pub­lic fish­ing and oth­er pub­lic access along our streams, and every­thing else that our water­shed has to offer.

Ashokan Reservoir. Photo by Allison Lent.

Ashokan Reser­voir. Pho­to by Alli­son Lent.




Ashokan Watershed Residents Learn about Watershed Infrastructure

Posted on: September 10th, 2019 by Brent Gotsch
Adam Bosch, Director of Public Affairs for the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, gives a presentation on NYC watershed infrastructure during the "Understanding Ashokan Reservoir Operations" program.

Adam Bosch, Direc­tor of Pub­lic Affairs for the NYC Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion, gives a pre­sen­ta­tion on NYC water­shed infra­struc­ture dur­ing the “Under­stand­ing Ashokan Reser­voir Oper­a­tions” program.


Did you know the largest pub­lic works project in the Catskills in more than 50 years is being planned? Atten­dees learned this and more about how water makes the 92-mile jour­ney from upstate New York to New York City dur­ing the “Under­stand­ing Ashokan Reser­voir Oper­a­tions” pro­gram host­ed by AWSMP on Mon­day, Sep­tem­ber 9. That evening, NYC Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion (NYC DEP) Direc­tor of Pub­lic Affairs Adam Bosch gave a detailed pre­sen­ta­tion on the his­to­ry of NYC’s water­shed, cur­rent oper­a­tions, and the future plans that NYC DEP has to upgrade that infrastructure.

He start­ed off with a his­tor­i­cal overview of NYC’s water sup­ply, from the ear­li­est wells that the city used, to the engi­neer­ing mar­vels that are the Catskill and Delaware Sys­tems. He went on to describe the impor­tant work done by hun­dreds of NYC DEP employ­ees that work to ensure that clean water is deliv­ered to NYC res­i­dents. These include sci­en­tists that ana­lyze thou­sands of water sam­ples each year to ensure there are no harm­ful pathogens in the water, police forces that pro­tect the water sup­ply, main­te­nance crews that ensure the infra­struc­ture is in good work­ing order, engi­neers who design new infra­struc­ture projects, and oth­er efforts.

Of par­tic­u­lar note, he talked about how NYC DEP plans to reha­bil­i­tate the Catskill Aque­duct, which extends about 74 miles from the Ashokan Reser­voir to the Ken­si­co Reser­voir in Westch­ester Coun­ty. His­tor­i­cal­ly, this aque­duct has had a capac­i­ty of 660 mil­lion gal­lons of water a day but has been reduced to approx­i­mate­ly 590 mil­lion gal­lons a day due to a buildup of biofilms. Biofilms are harm­less bac­te­ria that have fil­a­ments that feed off of the nat­u­ral­ly occur­ring iron and man­ganese in the water. Their growth has cre­at­ed fric­tion in the aque­duct that slows the flow of water. Between 2019 and 2020, NYC is plan­ning on peri­od­i­cal­ly shut­ting down the aque­duct and send­ing crews down to remove the biofilm.

He end­ed his pre­sen­ta­tion by talk­ing about the Ashokan Cen­tu­ry Pro­gram. This will be an approx­i­mate­ly 10-year, $1 bil­lion project to begin in 2023. It will be the largest pub­lic works project in the Catskills in more than 50 years. It will include upgrades in and around the Ashokan Reser­voir includ­ing the reha­bil­i­ta­tion of the Olive­bridge dam and dikes, the spill­way, divid­ing weir bridge, intake cham­bers, and J. Wal­do Smith Monument.

Any­one inter­est­ed in the pre­sen­ta­tion can view it by click­ing this link.

This pro­gram was part of Ashokan Water­shed Month, which is a series of pro­grams run­ning through­out the month of Sep­tem­ber. Our next pro­gram, the “Sun­set Rail Ped­al along the Eso­pus,” will be this Thurs­day, Sep­tem­ber 12. Oth­er upcom­ing pro­grams include a “Water­shed Pad­dle” on Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 14 as well as a “Book Sign­ing and Read­ing” also on Sep­tem­ber 14. Please vis­it our web­page devot­ed to Ashokan Water­shed Month for more infor­ma­tion on these and oth­er upcom­ing pro­grams for the month.


Save the Date! AWSMP Announces 2015 Watershed Conference

Posted on: February 12th, 2015 by Brent Gotsch

AWSMP is pleased to announce our 6th Annu­al Ashokan Water­shed Con­fer­ence! The con­fer­ence will be Sat­ur­day, April 11, 2015 at The Ashokan Cen­ter in Olive­bridge, NY. This year’s theme is Back to the Future: Cre­at­ing a New Water­shed Lega­cy. A fea­tured speak­er this year is his­to­ri­an and local res­i­dent Bob Steud­ing, the author of The Last of the Hand­made Dams: The Sto­ry of the Ashokan Reser­voir.  Oth­er pre­sen­ta­tions will cov­er the future of stream man­age­ment and inva­sive species. A “Stream Expert Pan­el” will be avail­able to answer ques­tions. Reg­is­ter now online or call the AWSMP at 845–688-3047.