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.


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