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2019 - Mohawk Watershed Symposium





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Discussion of water quality results at poster seddion







Rep. Paul Tonko (NY 20) speaking at the Mohawk Watershed Symposium




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





Artwork from students in the Ctaskills after experiencing flooding due to Hurricane Irene










This conference has passed.  Thanks for all who made this a fantastic day.


The webpage for the 2020 Symposium is here.


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 Eleventh 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 has passed (22 Feb 2019)

2) REGISTRATION for the meeting is required is ongoing - see links below.


3) Here is a list of all PRESENATIONS at this meeting


4) The ABSTRACT VOLUME has been released (14 March)


5) The meeting SCHEDULE is here (posted 13 March; revised 18 March)


6) Here is a list of EXHIBITS and DISPLAYS


7) Detailed INSTRUCTIONS for PRESENTERS (Talks and Posters)


8) DIRECTIONS and a MAP of the venue location











Fish, Floods, and a Five-year Plan. A theme this year is Infrastructure in the Watershed and how that infrastructure affects water quality and ecosystems.


KEYNOTE: Hon Antonio Delgado, US House of Representatives (NY19).


Margaret Irwin - Principal, River Street Planning & Development, Troy, New York

Stockade Resilience: Evaluating Strategies to Protect New York’s First Historic District


Bob Nasdor - Northeast Stewardship & Legal Director, American Whitewater, Sudbury MA

The importance of the West Canada Creek and FERC re-licensing for the WCC hydroelectric projects


Kathy Czajkowski - NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany NY

The Mohawk River Basin Action Agenda 2019-2023: A Five-Year Plan for a Swimmable, Fishable Mohawk


Mark Carabetta - Environmental Scientist, Milone and MacBroom, New Paltz NY

Ice Jam and Flood Evaluation along the Mohawk River


Kayla Smith, Andrea Feldpausch-Parker, and Karin Limburg – Env. Sci & Forestry, SUNY ESF, Syracuse NY

Reconnecting waters for eels and river herring: towards resilience building approaches for dam removal action in the Hudson River watershed


Catherine A. McGlynn - NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany NY

Aquatic Invasive Species in the Mohawk River Watershed: The devil is in the details


Adam Bosch – Director of Public Affairs, NYC Env. Prot, Bureau of Water Supply, NYC

Gilboa Dam restoration and completion of the Low-level outlet


Tony David – Program Manager, Water Resources, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, Env. Division

Dam removal and restoration of the Hogansburg Dam


John Story, Project Manager, GHD

Innovative Approach to Double Peak Flow Capacity at the Oneida County, NY Water Pollution Control Plant








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 22 Feb 2019.  Submit abstract to J.Smith at Union College (see email address below).









Professional Registration $20.00

Student Registration $10.00

 after 08 March 2019: $40 (for all - professionals and students).

 after 20 March 2019: $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).

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.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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