Thank You for Helping us Celebrate Ashokan Watershed Month

Posted on: October 3rd, 2019 by Brent Gotsch
AWSMP staff kayak on the lake of Kenneth Wilson Campground and a section of the Little Beaver Kill during Ashokan Watershed Month 2019.

AWSMP staff kayak on the lake of Kenneth Wilson Campground and a section of the Little Beaver Kill during Ashokan Watershed Month 2019.

 

The Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program would like to thank everyone for participating in our inaugural Ashokan Watershed Month. Earlier this year, AWSMP staff developed a series of ambitious and creative programs that we hoped would be of interest to a wide cross-section of the people who visit, live, and work in the Ashokan Reservoir Watershed. Now that it’s all over we believe that it was a resounding success!

Will Lytle reads from his new AWSMP funded children's book "Little One and the Water" at the Golden Notebook in Woodstock during Ashokan Watershed Month 2019.

Will Lytle reads from his new AWSMP funded children’s book “Little One and the Water” at the Golden Notebook in Woodstock during Ashokan Watershed Month 2019.

 

The programs that were offered included:

  • An En Plein Air Streamside Painting class where participants learned how to use water colors to paint a stream scene while learning about the stream features they were painting.
  • The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) gave a presentation on Understanding Ashokan Reservoir Operations and explained how they are going to upgrade their infrastructure in the coming years.
  • AWSMP partnered with Rail Explorers to host a Sunset Rail Pedal along the Esopus where participants got to see the Esopus Creek from a wholly different perspective.
  • At Kenneth Wilson Campground we hosted a Watershed Paddle where participants got to learn about streams while floating on the water itself.
  • AWSMP hosted Dr. Dorothy Peteet of Columbia University and NASA who gave a presentation on Paleoclimate of the Catskills.
  • Both the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Ashokan-Pepacton Chapter of Trout Unlimited gave a presentation on the fisheries of the Esopus Creek and the history of fly fishing the area, respectively.
  • Ulster County and NYC DEP gave participants a sneak peek of the Ashokan Reservoir Rail Trail and a new appreciation for wetlands during our Importance of Watershed Wetlands walk.
  • AWSMP had not one, but two Book Signings and Readings of “Little One and the Water,” an environmentally themed children’s book funded by AWSMP.
  • Finally, we rounded out the month with a Riparian Buffer Planting on the Beaver Kill in the Town of Woodstock where volunteers helped revegetate a stream project site and followed it up with a Closing Party at the Phoenicia Diner.

 

A scene from "The Importance of Watershed Wetlands" walk and talk from Ashokan Watershed Month 2019.

A scene from “The Importance of Watershed Wetlands” walk and talk from Ashokan Watershed Month 2019.

 

While we may be done with Watershed Month programming you can still take part in the Ashokan Watershed Adventure, a self-guided tour of important sites throughout the watershed. Booklets with information about each of the sites are available at our office or can be downloaded. Those who do the adventure can still pick-up their prizes while they last.

Once again, thank you all for helping us celebrate what makes our watershed so unique. Be sure to check our website and social media accounts often to see future programming and happenings from AWSMP!

 

Volunteers and AWSMP help plant native riparian vegetation on the site of stream restoration project along Mink Hollow during Ashokan Watershed Month 2019.

Volunteers and AWSMP help plant native riparian vegetation on the site of a stream restoration project along Mink Hollow Rd. during Ashokan Watershed Month 2019.

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