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2023  - 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 thirteenth symposium on the physical aspects of the Mohawk Watershed in New York State highlights recent and on-going work in the watershed.


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 abstract volumes from previous meetings at the main MWS website (links to abstracts from previous meetings).


Photos from the 2023 Symposium are HERE.


We are looking forward to an exciting program focused on:

- water quality

- fisheries and habitats

- flooding and resiliency

- invasive species

- recreation and stewardship



                       KEY ITEMS 


1) The Full Schedule and Program including the list of all speakers, poster presenters, and co-authors is here. There are a total of 30 presentations for the program this year. 

2) Registration is HERE: Deadline 10 March for early rate (and abstract volume).


3) Detailed Instructions for presenters (Talks and Posters)


4) Directions and a Map of the venue location (College Park Hall, 450 Nott St, Schenectady NY).


5) The printed Abstract Volume is available online and the booklet will be provided at registration for those who register by 10 March.  The PDF is here (released 10 March)







Margaret H. Reilly, P.E. Engineer, Climate Adaptation, Rambol Consulting

"Sauquoit Creek Channel & Floodplain Restoration Program: Community Resiliency to Flooding using Mitigation and Adaptation"


Hannah Coppola - Aquatic Invasive Species Program Manager, Capital Region PRISM

"Mitigation approaches to water chestnut (Trapa natans) on the Mohawk River"


Scott George - Research Biologist, U.S. Geological Survey, New York Water Science Center

"Invasive Round Goby in the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers: What's the Latest?"


Anna L. Haws - SUNY College of Env Science and Forestry, Dept of Environmental Biology

"Coevolutionary relationships between Round Gobies and VHSV in the Upper St. Lawrence River"


Stuart F. Gruskin - Chief Conservation and External Affairs Officer, The Nature Conservancy New York

"Blocking Invasives on the Canal System: The Barriers to Barriers"


Andrea Conine, Research Scientist, NYSDEC Division of Water, Mohawk River Basin Program, New York Department of Environmental Conservation

"An Introduction to the Mohawk Watershed Phosphorus TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load)"


Neil Law, Natural Sciences, SUNY Cobleskill

"Toward a more Swimmable Mohawk: Trends in water quality based on an eight-year fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) monitoring partnership"


Tracy Brown, President and Hudson Riverkeeper, and Dan Shapley, Co-Director, Science & Patrol Program, Riverkeeper, Ossining NY

"Policy priorities affecting the Mohawk: A Quick look at the big picture"


Honorable Paul Tonko, US Congressman, NY 20th District







Poster and Talk requirements and 

Abstract requirements (formatting for submission).

Link to Published Abstract volumes are 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 will then be available at this site 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 was 7 Feb 2023.





Professional Registration $25.00

Student Registration $10.00

 Deadline: 10 March 2023 (includes abstract volume).

    after 10 March 2023: $75 (for all - professionals and students - does not include abstract volume).


Please register (link here) 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, Geosciences, 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, Geosciences, 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 625 Broadway, Albany, NY.  Phone: 518-402-8251 Email: Katherine Czajkowski <katherine.czajkowski @dec.ny.gov > (remove spaces in email address).

Mailing address:


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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