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2024  - 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 14th 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).


MWS 2024 has talks and posters focused on:

- water quality

- fisheries and habitats

- flooding and resiliency

- invasive species

- recreation and stewardship


                       KEY ITEMS 


1) Abstract Deadline was  9 February 2024.


2) Schedule of talks and posters is HERE   (only lead author shown, co-authors on abstracts).  


3) Registration Deadline: 1 March 2024 for early rate (REGISTER HERE).


4) Detailed Instructions for presenters (Talks and Posters).


5) List of Exhibitors is here.


6) The Abstract Volume (15 Mb - PDF download) has been released.  You can read the volume in page view at Arches hosted by Schaffer Library.  The print version of the Abstract Volume will be distributed to registered participants at the meeting.


First time at the Symposium?  

Watch this excellent video from 2023 made by Eric Ayotte at the Schoharie River Center.  







Upstate Flood Mitigation Task Force Report 

Kenneth Kemp, New York Power Authority and New York Canal Corporation, Albany, NY 


Why is managing invasive species such a hard problem? 

Stuart Findlay,    Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY 


Nitrogen in the Mohawk River and comparable freshwater systems: sources, cycling, and effects on primary production and harmful algae 

Julian Damashek, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY 


Drinking water quality and source water protection: challenges in a changing climate 

Shannon Roback, Riverkeeper, Ossining NY 


A Day in the Life of the Hudson & Harbor 

Rebecca Houser, Education and Outreach Specialist, NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program, New Paltz NY 


Watershed-scale organizing in the Hudson River Watershed: lessons learned and opportunities

Emily Vail, Hudson River Watershed Alliance, Kingston, NY 


My time with the Mohawk 

John Lipscomb, Riverkeeper, Ossining, NY 


The Mohawk Watershed and the NY-NJ watershed Act

Congressman Paul Tonko, 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.

Photos from the previous Symposium (2023) are here






Professional Registration $25

Student Registration $10

 Deadline: 1 March 2024 (includes abstract volume).

    after 1 March 2024: $75 (for all - does not include abstract volume).


Please 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.


Venue location: 

College Park Hall, 450 Nott St, Schenectady NY.


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,Engineering, Wold Building, Union College, 807 Union ST, Schenectady NY  rodakc @union.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, 12233.  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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