|March 17, 2010|
Mohawk River Watershed focus of conference at Union
The College will host the second annual conference on the physical aspects of the Mohawk River watershed on Friday, March 19, in the F.W. Olin Center.
Map of Mohawk River Watershed (courtesy of NYS Department of Conservation)
The daylong symposium features about 30 presentations on topics including flooding, ecosystem analysis, water quality, sediment yield, watershed management and the future of the watershed. More than 100 participants are expected, including scientists, engineers and other professionals and students. The conference is not open to the public.
The Mohawk River watershed is a unique and distinctive drainage basin which originates in the valley between the western Adirondacks and the Tug Hill Plateau and flows 140 miles to the east where it joins the Hudson River.
Among the highlights of the conference are two talks that will address ice jamming on the Mohawk, including an analysis of the January incident at Rotterdam Junction, and the first blueprint for watershed management in the basin. Another session focuses on landslides in Schenectady County by John Garver, Geology Department chair at Union.
The keynote address, “Watershed Wisdom: The Politics of Change,” will be given by Gail Schaffer, a former assemblywoman and secretary of state of New York.
The conference is organized by Garver and Jaclyn Cockburn, visiting assistant professor of Geology.
For more information, including a schedule of presentations, click here.