Posts Tagged ‘stream table’

AWSMP at Ulster County Fair August 1st

Posted on: July 30th, 2019 by Brent Gotsch
AWSMP Stream Educator Tim Koch (gray shirt) uses the stream table to educate Ulster County Fair attendees on the topic of stream dynamics.

AWSMP Stream Edu­ca­tor Tim Koch (gray shirt) uses the stream table to edu­cate Ulster Coun­ty Fair atten­dees on the top­ic of stream dynamics.


AWSMP will be at the Ulster Coun­ty Fair on Thurs­day, August 1 from 10:00am to 3:00pm. We will be locat­ed in the Jane W. Bar­ley Memo­r­i­al Youth Build­ing. Come vis­it us and see the stream table in action and learn how water sculpts the land­scape around it. Also see how human inter­ven­tion, par­tic­u­lar­ly how improp­er­ly designed stream cross­ings and dredg­ing, can have a neg­a­tive impact upon not just the stream but the sur­round­ing land­scape. Be sure to pick up some pro­gram lit­er­a­ture, chat with our edu­ca­tors, and get a deli­cious 4‑H milkshake!


AWSMP at Olive Day 2018

Posted on: September 4th, 2018 by Brent Gotsch

AWSMP will be attend­ing this year’s Olive Day on Sep­tem­ber 8 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Lester Daivs Park locat­ed at 686 Wat­son Hol­low Road in West Shokan, NY (right next door to the Olive Town Hall). Olive Day is an annu­al event that cel­e­brates all the things that make the Town of Olive a spe­cial place to live. There will be food, live music, a vari­ety of ven­dors, local and region­al orga­ni­za­tions with edu­ca­tion­al dis­plays, and activ­i­ties for chil­dren and fam­i­lies includ­ing the always pop­u­lar frog race!

AWSMP will have a table with pro­gram lit­er­a­ture as well as an edu­ca­tion­al dis­play. We will also be bring­ing our stream table. The stream table shows how water inter­acts with and shapes the land­scape around it. It also shows how human inter­ven­tion in streams can change how water flows and the shape and depth of the stream.

Stop on by to see the stream table in action, pick up some lit­er­a­ture and say hi. We look for­ward to see­ing you at this year’s Olive Day!

AWSMP Youth Educator Matt Savatgy uses the stream table to show youth how manipulation of the stream channel can cause changes in the surrounding landscape during Olive Day 2017.

AWSMP Youth Edu­ca­tor Matt Savat­gy uses the stream table to show youth how manip­u­la­tion of the stream chan­nel can cause changes in the sur­round­ing land­scape dur­ing Olive Day 2017.



Visit AWSMP at the Ulster County Fair

Posted on: July 23rd, 2015 by Brent Gotsch

On Fri­day, July 31, AWSMP staff mem­bers from both Cor­nell Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion of Ulster Coun­ty and the Ulster Coun­ty Soil and Water Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict will be at the Ulster Coun­ty Fair per­form­ing a stream table demon­stra­tion. The demo will run from 11:00am to 3:00pm and will be held in the Jane W. Bar­ley Youth Building.

Man­u­fac­tured by Lit­tle Riv­er Research and Design, the Emriv­er stream table sim­u­lates riv­er process­es by uti­liz­ing a spe­cial­ly designed alu­minum table sup­port­ed by saw hors­es and con­nect­ed to a large 27 gal­lon reser­voir by plas­tic tub­ing. An elec­tric pump moves water from the reser­voir to the end of the table that pours over a col­ored ther­moset plas­tic medi­um that mim­ics the weight and con­sis­ten­cy of real sand. The force of the water is con­trolled by a throt­tle to sim­u­late draughty, nor­mal, or flood con­di­tions. The water inter­acts with the medi­um show­ing users how nat­ur­al ero­sion and shap­ing of stream chan­nels takes place. Dif­fer­ent demon­stra­tions such as plac­ing bridges, cul­verts, riprap or even veg­e­ta­tion using plas­tic props can be used with the table to show how these items affect the evo­lu­tion of streams. Using hands or tools to scoop out sed­i­ment can show how real-life actions such as chan­nel straight­en­ing or dredg­ing impacts stream sta­bil­i­ty. The stream table is a great teach­ing tool to edu­cate oth­ers in a rel­a­tive­ly short amount of time about process­es that shape and affect streams over decades or centuries.

So come on out to the fair and stop by the Youth Build­ing to see AWSMP and the stream table in action. Be sure to check out the oth­er exhibits and pick up one of the 4‑H pro­gram’s famous milk­shakes at the snack bar. See you at the fair!