Connecting Our Streams Workshop

Thursday, August 22, 2019
9:15 AM – 4:00 PM
Norrie Point Environmental Center
256 Norrie Point Way, Staatsburg, NY

There are over 10,000 culverts and over 1,000 dams on tributaries to the Hudson River estuary, and this infrastructure can block fish, wildlife, and flood flows in streams. This free, all-day workshop described how culverts and dams act as barriers in Hudson River tributaries, and what we can do about it. Speakers shared available information and how to move from assessments to actions to improve stream connectivity and reduce flood hazards in communities. We also discussed opportunities to develop shared solutions for streams and communities.


Introduction & Welcome – Emily Vail, Hudson River Watershed Alliance

Introduction & Welcome – Emilie Hauser, Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve

Introduction & Welcome – Fran Dunwell, NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program

Reconnecting the Hudson Watershed and Other Atlantic Rivers – John Waldman, Queens College

The Culvert Connection – Megan Lung, NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program

Local Road Stream Crossing Management Planning – Tracy Brown, Trout Unlimited, & Vince DuBois, Trout Unlimited Columbia-Greene Chapter

Fixing Problem Culverts – Art Merrill, Town of Colchester Supervisor

Local Laws and Opportunities: Ossining Case Study – Gareth Hougham, Hudson Valley Arts & Sciences

Dam Safety in New York – History and Regulatory Framework – Alon Dominitz, NYS DEC

Undamming the Hudson River – George Jackman, Riverkeeper

Removing Barriers and Resolving Conflicts – Laura Wildman, Princeton Hydro

Eels and Barriers – Sarah Mount, NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program/Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve

Resources and Opportunities – Megan Lung & Brian Buchanan, NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program; Corbin Gosier, NYS DEC

Closing – Scott Cuppett, NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program

Organized by the Hudson River Watershed Alliance and sponsored by the Hudson River Estuary Program,
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, with support from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund, in cooperation with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission. Assistance from the NYSDEC Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve.