Union College

2018 - Mohawk Watershed Symposium








































































ORAL  PRESENTATIONS (presenting author listed - see program for co-authors)


Introductory Remarks, the 10th Mohawk Watershed Symposium -

Jackie Cockburn, MWS Co-Chair, University of Guelph


Factoring in virtual water to determine the real cost of products -

Ashraf Ghaly, Department of Engineering, Union College


Screening for agricultural and wastewater-derived micropollutants at the mouth of the Mohawk River -

Damian Helbling, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University


Efficacy of environmental DNA and traditional sampling methods to monitor the expansion of Round Goby in the Mohawk River-Barge Canal system -

Scott George, US Geological Survey, Water Science Center, Troy, NY


Current research on blueback herring in the Mohawk River -

Cara Ewell Hodkin, Dept of Environment & Forest Biology, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry


Climate change, weathering the flood and supporting RiverSmart Communities -

Christine Hatch, Department of Geosciences, UMASS-Amherst


Ice jam flooding on the lower Mohawk River and the 2018 mid-winter ice jam event -

John I. Garver, Geology Department, Union College


Schenectady’s historic Stockade district: options for flood mitigation -

Bill Nechamen, Nechamen Consulting Inc


A spatial assessment of priority areas for conservation and climate adaptation in the Schoharie Creek Watershed -

Becky Shirer and Chris Zimmerman, The Nature Conservancy, Albany NY


In harm's way: community responses to Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee -

Ellen McHale, Utica College


Discover the Mohawk: Reconnecting our community with the river - 

Leah Akins, ECOS: The Environmental Clearinghouse


Mohawk River water quality: Trends and observations of bacterial indicators during the summer of 2017 - 

Carolyn Rodak, Department of Engineering, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Utica NY


Development of a water-quality model for the Mohawk River -

Thomas Suro, USGS New Jersey Water Science Center


Citizen science to community action in the Hudson River: A case study in protecting a river drinking water supply -

Dan Shapley, Riverkeeper


Working towards a swimmable, fishable, resilient Mohawk River Watershed: Updating the Mohawk River Basin Action Agenda for 2018 -

Alexander J. Smith & Katherine Czajkowski, NYS DEC, Mohawk River Basin Program


Concluding Remarks and conclusion of the 10th Mohawk Watershed symposium -

John I. Garver, MWS Co-Chair, Union College




Fort Plain Environmental Study Team: A community-based approach to science -

Fort Plain Environmental Team - Students: E. Abrams, M D’Arcangelis, T. Giffoard, M. Hoffamn, J. Huang, Q. Jones, J. Kirby, W. Maginnis, P. Murphy, J. Reese, M. Stockwell, B. Thibodeau, M. Wintermute; Leaders: L. Elliott, K. Boose, B. McKeeby, J. McKeeby, M. McKeeby, & J. Perog


Landslides and their potential for contributing to dam failure at the Blenheim/Gilboa pumped-storage power project -

H. Bartholomew, Dam Concerned Citizens, Middleburgh, NY


Investigating the urban stream syndrome in the Mohawk Watershed around Schenectady, NY -

C. Bechtold, A. Verheyden, Geology Dept., Union College, Schenectady, NY


Photogrammetric models from UAS mapping and ice thickness estimates of the 2018 mid-winter Ice Jam on the Mohawk River, NY -

J.I. Garver, E. Capovani, D. Pokrzywka, Geology Dept., Union College, Schenectady, NY, and In Sky Aerial services, Glenville NY


Techniques to reduce water footprint and to curb its adverse effects -

A. Ghaly, Dept. of Engineering, Union College


Is that E. coli or not? Unique fluorescent color in Colilert treated samples from the Mohawk River -

I. Gillette-Ferguson, E. Benton, J. Burton, L. Demera, E. Frost, A. Gieseler, T. Hotaling, N. Mazoff, S. Meaney, L.Meehan, N. Oukili, C. Peck, A. Shaw, J. Stanton, L. Wanits, C. Williams, Dept. of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, SUNY Cobleskill, Cobleskill, NY


Forecasting of water discharge using atmospheric and hydrologic sensors to identify long-term high-risk periods in Herkimer County, NY -

I. Gogos, K. Shire, S. Lakeram, A. Marsellos, K. Tsakiri, Dept. of Geology, Environment, Sustainability, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY


Flood forecasting of water discharge at Freeman’s Bridge in Schenectady, New York -

S. Lakeram, T. Plitnick, D. Chernoff, A. Marsellos, K. Tsakiri, Dept. of Geology, Environment, Sustainability, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY


Monitoring the Hudson and beyond with HRECOS: The Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observing System -

G. Lemley, Hudson River Estuary Program, NY State Dept. of Environmental Conservation/NEIWPCC, Albany, NY


Reconstruction and flood simulation using GIS and Google Earth to determine the extent and damage of the January 14-15th 2018 ice jams on the Mohawk River in Schenectady, New York -

L. Mahoney, S. Roscoe, A. Marsellos, Dept. of Geology, Environment, Sustainability, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY


Multiple Flooding locations in Oneida County, NY in 2017: An approach to determine flood vulnerable sitesusing LiDAR in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and flood simulations -

A. Rienzo, P. Weinstein, K. Mecca, A. Marsellos, Dept. of Geology, Environment, Sustainability, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY


Accumulation of microplastic particles in New York State tributaries -

A. Shimkus, J.A. Smith, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, Burnt Hills


Microplastic pollution in the main channel of the Mohawk River: Final results of the 2016 sampling program -

J.A. Smith, J. Hodge, B. Kurtz, J.I. Garver, Geology Dept., Union College, Schenectady, NY


A series of snap-shots: Data and observations from the Riverkeeper, SUNY Cobleskill, and SUNY Poly MohawkRiver water quality project as it enters year four -

D. Sweeney, L. Wanits, E. Townsend, B. Brabetz, N. Law, C. Rodak, J. Epstein, J. Lipscomb, D. Shapley, Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, SUNY Cobleskill, Cobleskill, NY


Using total coliforms, E. coli and Enterococcus bacteria as reporters for water quality along the North Chuctanunda Creek, a tributary of the Mohawk River -

L. Wanits, B. Brabetz, N. Law, Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, SUNY Cobleskill, Cobleskill, NY


*The lead or presenting author/s is/are listed in the schedule, for complete author listings and affiliations please refer to the abstract.