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AWSMP Staff Featured on New Podcast

Posted on: November 19th, 2021 by Tim Koch

AWSMP staffers Tim Koch and Aaron Ben­nett are fea­tured in the recent­ly released “Views From the Water­shed” pod­cast. The pod­cast is a self-guid­ed audio tour of the New York City West-of-Hud­son Water Sup­ply Water­shed, and fea­tures many oth­er notable Catskills names. 

Tim is in Episode #11 titled “Un-Mud­dy­ing the Waters.” Record­ed at the Main Street bridge in Phoeni­cia, Tim dis­cuss­es how a project designed to improve sed­i­ment trans­port was used to reduce flood­ing on Main Street in a flood prone vil­lage built on an allu­vial fan. Oth­er top­ics include tur­bid­i­ty, the impor­tance of ripar­i­an buffers, and cli­mate change.

Look­ing upstream at the rock vane installed on the Stony Clove Creek from the Main Street bridge in Phoenicia.

Aaron is fea­tured in Episode 12, “Tough Choic­es.” From a vacant lot in Boiceville, Aaron dis­cuss­es the hard deci­sions faced by flood prone com­mu­ni­ties in the Catskills, and all over the coun­try. He explains why build­ing flood walls and dredg­ing streams are no longer prac­ti­cal, afford­able, or sus­tain­able solutions. 

Exten­sive flood­ing in Boiceville fol­low­ing Trop­i­cal Storm Irene, August 2011.

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Views from the Watershed Bus Tour

Posted on: July 19th, 2019 by Tim Koch

On Sat­ur­day, July 13th, AWSMP par­tic­i­pat­ed in the Views From the Water­shed Bus TourPar­tic­i­pants from New York City and water­shed towns stopped at dif­fer­ent loca­tions in the Ashokan and Pepacton water­sheds dur­ing the day long excur­sion. Guest speak­ers dis­cussed the social his­to­ry of the water­shed, recre­ation­al oppor­tu­ni­ties, and oth­er aspects of the West of Hud­son water sup­ply system.

At the Main Street bridge in Phoeni­cia, AWSMP Stream Edu­ca­tor Tim Koch talked about sed­i­ment and tur­bid­i­ty projects that have been com­plet­ed in the Stony Clove Creek water­shed. There was also dis­cus­sion about the flood haz­ard mit­i­ga­tion project com­plet­ed at the bridge fol­low­ing Trop­i­cal Storm Irene in 2011.

The group gath­ered under the shade of a tree to escape the sun. Despite the heat, every­one had a great time and even man­aged to sneak in a prac­ti­cal joke. Tour orga­niz­er, Lize Mogel, instruct­ed par­tic­i­pants to boo and hiss when Tim said the word “tur­bid­i­ty” to empha­size the detri­men­tal impact that tur­bid­i­ty and sus­pend­ed sed­i­ment can have on the water supply.

A sec­ond bus tour is sched­uled for August 3rd, 2019. AWSM­P’s Aaron Ben­nett will dis­cuss flood haz­ard mit­i­ga­tion. For more infor­ma­tion and to pur­chase tick­ets for the August Views From the Water­shed Bus Tour, click here. The bus tours are fund­ed by a Water­shed Edu­ca­tion Grant from the Catskill Water­shed Corporation.