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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.

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Floodplain Manager Trainings Start in January

Posted on: November 30th, 2018 by Leslie_Zucker
CCEUC Educator Brent Gotsch is a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), a certification recognized both nationally and by the Association of State Floodplain Managers. Gotsch offers a free course in the NYC Watershed on preparing to become a CFM.

CCEUC Edu­ca­tor Brent Gotsch is a Cer­ti­fied Flood­plain Man­ag­er (CFM), a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion rec­og­nized both nation­al­ly and by the Asso­ci­a­tion of State Flood­plain Man­agers. Gotsch offers a free course in the NYC Water­shed on prepar­ing to become a CFM.

Cor­nell Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion of Ulster Coun­ty (CCEUC) and the Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram will host a series of train­ings ear­ly next year to pre­pare local offi­cials to take the Cer­ti­fied Flood­plain Man­agers (CFM) exam­i­na­tion. CCEUC Resource Edu­ca­tor, Brent Gotsch, who is a Cer­ti­fied Flood­plain Man­ag­er, will be lead­ing the train­ings.

Code Enforce­ment Offi­cers and oth­er town offi­cials ben­e­fit from becom­ing CFMs. A high lev­el of knowl­edge about the Nation­al Flood Insur­ance Pro­gram and asso­ci­at­ed flood­plain reg­u­la­tions is need­ed to obtain the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. Through its train­ings, CCEUC has helped 12 local offi­cials pre­pare for and pass the CFM exam.

The train­ings are free of charge and held week­ly from Jan­u­ary to April at the Shan­dak­en Town Hall. Any­one locat­ed in a New York City West of Hud­son Water­shed com­mu­ni­ty is eli­gi­ble to par­tic­i­pate. While per­son­nel from town or vil­lage build­ing depart­ments are most like­ly to ben­e­fit from the train­ing, oth­er munic­i­pal offi­cials can as well. Plan­ning Board mem­bers, High­way Super­in­ten­dents, and Town Super­vi­sors have all tak­en the train­ing and gone on to earn their CFM.

If you are a munic­i­pal offi­cial in the New York City West of Hud­son Water­shed and are inter­est­ed in tak­ing this train­ing, please con­tact Brent Gotsch at 845–688-3047 or via email at bwg37@cornell.edu. Train­ings are expect­ed to begin ear­ly in Jan­u­ary 2019 and run week­ly until about mid-April.

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