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2020  - Mohawk Watershed Symposium





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Discussion of water quality results at poster seddion












Explanation of water quality and contamination issues at the Mohawk Watershed Symposium



















Reconnect with friends and colleagues working in the basin, and get up to speed with the latest developments in the watershed. The Geology Department at Union College will host the 12th Symposium on the physical aspects of the Mohawk Watershed in New York State. The meeting highlights recent and on-going work in the watershed during oral and poster presentations.


The day-long conference will be followed by a reception. We continue to place emphasis on poster presentations, which means a reduction in the number of slots of volunteered talks, and an increase the number of posters and the time for posters.  You can see summaries and abstracts volumes from previous meetings at the Main MWS website.


                       KEY ITEMS 


1) ABSTRACT deadline:  21 Feb 2020 - Abstract PORTAL is here.

2) Registration for the meeting is open, details below.


3) The ABSTRACT VOLUME from LAST year is here.


4) Here is a list of EXHIBITS and DISPLAYS from 2019


5) Detailed INSTRUCTIONS for PRESENTERS (Talks and Posters)


6) DIRECTIONS and a MAP of the venue location












Keynote Speaker

Joe Martens
(Director of the New York Offshore Wind Alliance, former NYS DEC Commissioner, and co-chair of the Reimagine the Canal effort)-   “Reimagining the Canal in the Mohawk"

Invited speakers

Stuart Gruskin (The Nature Conservancy) - “Navigating the Naturalization of the Mohawk River: Science, Policy, and Politics”

Fengbin Huang and Hung Tao Shen (Clarkson University) “Numerical Modeling of Breakup Ice Dynamics in the Lower Mohawk River”

Kristin Diotte (City of Schenectady) - “Stockade Resilience: Adaptive Preservation”

Jennifer Epstein (Riverkeeper) – “Mohawk River Water Quality: Dams, drinking water and water quality"

Ken Avery (Bergmann Associates) - “Reimagining the Erie Canal / Mohawk River as Flood Risk Mitigation Resource”

Marianne Buttenschon (NY Assembly, 119th District)  –  “The newly introduced Flood buyout bill”

Andrew Peck  (The Nature Conservancy) - “”Developing a course for Tributary Restoration along the Mohawk River: Preliminary Needs and Opportunities.”

James Woidt (Shumaker Engineering) – “Incorporating Ice Jam Flooding into Regulatory Base Flood Elevations at the Historic Schenectady Stockade”







Here are the POSTER and TALK requirements and 

Here are the ABSTRACT requirements (formatting for submission).


Submitted contributions in the form of extended abstracts are required for either oral or poster presentations. The abstract volume will be available to registered participants at the meeting and wiil then be available here as a free downloadable PDF.  All presentations, whether oral or poster are required to have an accompanying abstract that must pass review. Please see abstracts from previous years if submitting for the first time.


The abstract deadline is 21 Feb 2020.  Submit abstract to J.Smith at Union College (see email address below).









Professional Registration $20.00

Student Registration $10.00

 after 08 March 2020: $40 (for all - professionals and students).

 after 20 March 2020: $50 (for all - professionals and students).


Register early for this meeting, late registration causes problems with catering and makes our job more complicated.  Your registration fees only cover part of the full meeting cost.


Pre-registration and prepayment for this meeting is required.

Registration fees cover coffee/tea breaks, lunch, and abstract volume.


Please register early for this meeting, it helps us plan catering orders.





The meeting is at College Park Hall, 450 Nott St, Schenectady NY.  Plenty of free on-campus parking is available next to College Park Hall. Download this map for parking areas that will be open and available ("P"), but there is a large parking lot at College Park. Detailed directions to the Campus are here.


There is no designated hotel for this conference.



Program Chairs and coordination:

Jacqueline Smith, Department of Geology, Olin Building, Union College, 807 Union ST, Schenectady NY smithj4 @union.edu (remove spaces)

Carolyn Rodak, Civil Engineering Department, Donovan Hall 1223, SUNY Polytechnic, Utica NY rodakc @sunypoly.edu (remove spaces)

John Garver, Department of Geology, Olin Building, Union College,  807 Union ST,  Schenectady, NY 12308-2311, USA, Phone: 518-388-6770 (main office) Email: garverj @ union.edu (remove spaces in email address).

Christine Angley, Technical Assistance and Registration, 310 Olin Bldg, Union College. 518-388-6770: Email: angleyc @ union.edu (remove spaces in email address).


Katherine Czajkowski, Mohawk Watershed Coordinator Mohawk River Basin Program NYS Water Resources Institute at Cornell University 1130 N. Westcott Road Rotterdam, New York 12306 518-357-2383 518-357-2398 (fax) Email: Katherine Czajkowski <katherine.czajkowski @dec.ny.gov > (remove spaces in email address).

Mailing address:

Geology Department,

Union College,

807 Union ST,

Schenectady NY, 12308-2311



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Overview of the Mohawk River, Visher Ferry dam and Lock 7 (c) JI Garver




Abstracts and web pages from previous conferences are here


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