Ashokan Reservoir, Ulster County, NY
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Ashokan Reservoir, Ulster County, NY

Join the Ashokan Watershed Stream Steward Volunteers!

Site of a stream restoration project in Chichester, NY.

Students identify aquatic insects found in the Esopus Creek.

Students examine aquatic insects found in the upper Esopus Creek near Phoenicia, NY.

Watershed residents take an educational stream walk along Warner Creek in Ulster County, NY.

Watershed residents attend an educational stream walk on the Warner Creek.

Researchers from the USGS examine fish community health in the upper Esopus Creek drainage system.
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Researchers examine fish community health in the upper Esopus Creek.

Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program

AWSMP works in partnership with communities to protect and restore stream corridor stability and ecosystem integrity in the Ashokan Watershed.

The Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram (AWSMP) is a joint effort between Cor­nell Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion of Ulster County, the Ulster County Soil and Water Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict, and the New York City Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion. The three agen­cies work col­lab­o­ra­tively to main­tain the health of streams in the Ashokan Reser­voir Water­shed. 

The pro­gram aims to improve stream sta­bil­ity and reduce ero­sion threats to water qual­ity and infra­struc­ture, mit­i­gate poten­tial dam­age from flood­ing, and enhance aquatic and ripar­ian habi­tat. AWSMP works to edu­cate and inform the com­mu­nity about stream stew­ard­ship best man­age­ment prac­tices and coor­di­nates stream man­age­ment activ­i­ties in the water­shed. Stream man­age­ment plans — com­pre­hen­sive eval­u­a­tions of stream char­ac­ter­is­tics with rec­om­men­da­tions and strate­gies for improve­ment — pro­vide the basis for the program’s activities.

Last updated May 1, 2020