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New Interns Hit the Field

Posted on: June 20th, 2017 by Leslie_Zucker

Saman­tha Kahl, AWSM­P’s Tem­po­rary Water­shed Edu­ca­tor reports on train­ing for this year’s sea­son­al stream tech­ni­cians. The tech­ni­cians, and occa­sion­al­ly Sam, will be in the field sur­vey­ing Ashokan Reser­voir streams this sum­mer. In Sam’s words.…

I just spent five days with sev­en Water­shed Corps (WCC) interns train­ing under the super­vi­sion of Mark Vian, Emi­ly Polin­sky, and Danyelle Davis of the NYC DEP Stream Man­age­ment Program.

The first three days of the Stream Man­age­ment train­ing was con­duct­ed in a class­room at Ulster Coun­ty Com­mu­ni­ty Col­lege (UCCC).  Mark and Emi­ly pro­vid­ed us a sol­id (and fun) aca­d­e­m­ic back­ground detail­ing water­shed his­to­ry, the impor­tance of stream mon­i­tor­ing, and var­i­ous tools and tech­niques used in the field. They are foun­tains of infor­ma­tion regard­ing the NYC Water­shed, mak­ing the aca­d­e­m­ic por­tion both inter­est­ing and exciting.

WCCC Training 2017_Credit Emily Polinsky

From Left to Right: Justin Alec­ca (Brown hat, pur­ple shirt), Saman­tha Kahl, Bren­dan Keat­ing, Aaron DePetris, Aman­da Caban­il­las (crew leader), Brid­get Bromm (UCCC), Eri­ca DePal­ma (SCA), Mark Vian, Travis Fer­ry (RNSMP), Court­ney Brill, Emi­ly Polin­sky, Aimee Hartwig, Win­ston Gedicks.

Due to inclement weath­er, we lost one of our field train­ing days, but our fear­less lead­ers made the most of our remain­ing two days out in the field. We trav­eled to the Frost Val­ley YMCA where we accessed the West Branch of the Nev­ersink Riv­er for our sec­ond round of train­ing. Mark, Emi­ly, and Danyelle, as well as sea­soned WCC intern Aman­da Caban­il­las, rein­forced our aca­d­e­m­ic edu­ca­tion by get­ting us in the stream for visu­al assess­ments and con­duct­ing stream cross-sec­tions using laser lev­els and sta­dia rods. We also trained on spe­cif­ic com­put­er soft­ware (River­Morph) that pro­duces a graph of the cross-sec­tion data col­lect­ed; the soft­ware pro­vides a visu­al rep­re­sen­ta­tion of how the streambed looks if you were to cut the stream in half.

Provisional Data XS1 FVMF

A stream chan­nel cross-section.

The entire group is com­prised of intel­li­gent and ded­i­cat­ed stu­dents from all back­grounds; each of them con­tribut­ing to the train­ing in their own amaz­ing way. A friend from the Round­out Nev­ersink Stream Pro­gram shared with us the ben­e­fits of Cha­ga mush­rooms and where to find them; a UCCC stu­dent shared his fly tying sto­ries with us; while oth­ers shared expe­ri­ences from their lives and their rea­sons for enter­ing the envi­ron­men­tal field. It was great to be in the field and work with stu­dents and pro­fes­sion­als learn­ing about geo­mor­phol­o­gy, all of whom respect­ed each oth­er and gen­uine­ly cared about stream man­age­ment prac­tices. In my opin­ion, we all came out of the train­ing with the knowl­edge and field expe­ri­ence nec­es­sary to be suc­cess­ful in our desired fields.