Union College

2015 - Mohawk Watershed Symposium

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MWS 2016 web page is HERE.

Thanks everyone for a great conference! PHOTOS of the conference are here.


We reconnected with stakeholders in the basin, and got up to speed with the latest developments in the watershed.


The Geology Department at Union College hosedt the Seventh Symposium on the physical aspects of the Mohawk Watershed in New York State.  The scientific program and timing of theme sessions was shaped by submitted abstracts and invited talks.  The meeting highlighted recent and on-going work in the watershed during oral and poster presentations and technical sessions.


The conference occurred from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM, with a reception that followed. We continue to place more emphasis on poster presentations, which means a reduction in the number of slots of volunteered oral talks, and an increase the number of posters and the time for posters.




- The Abstract Deadline has passed, it was 27 February 2015 (details here)

- Late REGISTRATION is is over- Please register BEFORE the MEETING.

- List of all PRESENTATIONS is here

- Download 2015 ABSTRACT Volume from ResearchGate here (caution: 20 Mb file)

- SCHEDULE of Talks and Posters is here


Keynote speaker - John Lipscomb, Captain Riverkeeper Patrol Boat

Past Keynote addresses are detailed here.





INVITED SPEAKERS and Special Presentaitons


Swimming the Entire Length of the Mohawk River, Special Presentation

Christopher Swain*, Swimmer, Educator

Flood Warning and Optimization System for the Mohawk Watershed (invited)

Howard Goebel* New York State Canal Corporation

Spatial Differences in Contemporary Fish Assemblages of the Mohawk River (Invited)

Scott George*, B. Baldigo, and S, Wells, U.S.G.S, NY Water Science Center

Clean Water Planning and TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) Vision (Invited)

Angus Eaton*, Department of Environmental Conservation

Partnership Efforts in the Mohawk Watershed (Special Address)

Jim Tierney*, NYS Dept. of Env. Conservation

Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment in the Mohawk River Basin (invited)

             A.J. Smith*, M.A. Novak, and Gavin M. Lemley, NYS Dept. of Env. Conservation,

Mohawk River Watershed Coalition Update: Management Plan - Long Term Vision (Invited)

Peter M. Nichols*, Schoharie Co. SCWD, Mohawk Watershed Coalition

Accomplishments and Status of NY Rising (Invited)

Sarah Crowell*, New York State Department of State

After the Response, a Sustainable Plan for Our Future (Plenary Address)

Congressman Paul Tonko, NY 20th District

Protecting our watershed: The Riverkeeper Patrol (Keynote)

John Lipscomb, Riverkeeper Patrol Boat Captain


All Oral and Poster Presentations are listed HERE


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 downloadable PDF.  All presentations, whether oral or poster, are required to have an accompanying abstract that must pass review.


Submitting an Abstract? Before you do, see the requirements here.


Getting ready for the meeting? See

Information for Poster and Oral presentations HERE.



The link for Registration is below. Pre-registration for this meeting is required. Badges will be provided at registration, and are required for entrance to the meeting. Registration fee includes lunch and coffee/tea at breaks. The banquet and Keynote address is a ticketed event - BANQUET REGISTRATION has ended and is closed.




Professional $20; Students $10. REGISTRATION AFTER 1 March: $35. Pre-registration and prepayment for this meeting is required. The evening Banquet was $25 (Banquet registration is Closed).




Union College has a number of suggestions for places to stay that are close to the College. Note that the Holiday Inn is closed and will not be an option for this conference. During the meeting, Dutch Hollow, a small campus eatery, will be open for lunch and breakfast.



Plenty of parking is available on campus. This meeting is at the end of exam period, so the campus will have few students. 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.



Program Chairs and coordination:

Jaclyn Cockburn, Department of Geography, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario Canada; +1,519-824-4120 Ext. 53498; jcockbur @guelph.ca (remove spaces).

John Garver, Department of Geology, Olin Building, Union College 807 Union ST Schenectady, NY 12308-2311, USA +1, 518-388-6770 (Office) +1, 518-388-6770 (main office) +1,518-388-6417(fax) Email: garverj @ union.edu (remove spaces in email address).

Deb Klein, Technical Assistance and Registration, 310 Olin Bldg, Union College. 518-388-6770: Email: kleind2 @ 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.czajkowsk @ dec.ny.gov> (remove spaces in email address).

Mailing address:

Geology Department,

Union College,

807 Union ST,

Schenectady NY, 12308-2311





(photograph above copyright, J.I. Garver)




The announcement and program for the March 2014 Symposium at Union College is here and the 2014 Abstract volume is here


The announcement and program for the March 2013 Symposium at Union College is here and the 2013 Abstract volume is here

Photos from 2013 HERE.


The announcement and program for the March 2012 Symposium at Union College is here and the 2012 Abstract volume is here.


The announcement and program for the March 2011 Symposium at Union College is here and the 2011 Abstract volume is here.


The announcement and program for the March 2010 Symposium at Union College is here and the 2010 Abstract volume is here.


The announcement and program for the March 2009 Symposium at Union College is here and the 2009 Abstract volume is here.