2009-2013 Conferences

November 11, 2013 –  Hudson River Watershed Alliance Annual Conference: A Watershed Moment: Changing Climate and the Future of Our Water Resources

In the Hudson Valley Region, climate trends and the experiences of the last years indicate that our communities are likely to different weather patterns in coming decades.  Understanding the impact of these trends on our water resources and charting ways to help our region to be more resilient is the focus of this conference.   The increased incidence of flooding and the need for more careful water management are complex challenges already being faced by many local towns and villages.  These challenges impact many sectors of our community including businesses, tourism and recreation, residential areas and transportation.  This conference will review what we currently know about our water resources and recent regional plans and initiatives that address issues of water quality, availability, management challenges and links to sustainability and resilience.  It will bring together concerned citizens and representatives of local and regional organizations, businesses, municipal government, and higher education to address these issues and explore how we can best adapt.  


October 12, 2012 – Hudson River Watershed Alliance Annual Conference: Soil and Sediment Management from a Local and Regional Perspective

Speakers discussed sediment sources as well as management of sediment, including streambank and roadside erosion and sediment deposition, the importance of soil in local agriculture, and sediment needed for wetland ecology.


June 21, 2012 – Hudson River Watershed Alliance Watershed Roundtable: How to Get your Stream Recognized as a Priority Water Body in New York State

2012 HRWA Roundtable Flyer Agenda & Directions


December 15, 2011 – Hudson River Watershed Alliance Conference: Watershed Management on a Shoestring Budget

This conference was a regional training opportunity for local watershed and conservation organizations along with local governments in the Hudson Valley region. Participants include volunteers, board and staff members, restoration practitioners, local leaders, and funders.  The keynote speaker was Franco Montalto, PhD., a leader in watershed planning tools for green infrastructure. 12 breakout sessions were held in 3 tracks: watershed assessment and education, managing stormwater in a stream corridor and municipal planning context, and organizational development. Paul Gallay, Riverkeeper, and David Church, Orange County Planning, also provided up-to-date information on Hudson River issues and local land tools in plenary sessions. Download

  • Watershed Planning and Restoration: Emerging Tools and Green Infrastructure StrategiesPresentor: Franco Montalto, PhD., Drexel University Download
  • Using County GIS Data for Watershed Planning and AnalysisPresentor: Robert J. Willis, Sr. GIS Project Coordinator, Dutchess Co. Dept. of Planning Download
  • Comprehensive Stream Corridor Planning: Case Study, The Fall Kill PlanPresentor: Ryan Palmer, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater Download
  • Comprehensive Stream Corridor Planning: Case Study, The Fall Kill PlanPresentor: Janette Kim, Urban Landscape Lab, Columbia University Download
  • Fundraising on a Shoestring Without Tying Yourself in KnotsPresentor: Christine Kane, CFRE, Community Foundations of the HV Download
  • Low Impact Development Rapid Assessment: A New Tool for Planning Green Infrastructure at the Neighborhood LevelPresentors: Franco Montalto, PhD., Drexel University Download
  • Building an Effective Board for your OrganizationPresentor: Mary Ellen Olcese, River Network Download
  • Municipal Strategies for Stormwater ManagementPresentor: George Rodenhausen, Esq. Download
  • Compliance Does Not Have To Be DifficultPresentor: Shari Riley, Town of Lloyd Stormwater Officer Download
  • Developing a Feasible Fundraising PlanPresentor: Mary Ellen Olcese, River Network Download


September 21, 2011 – Hudson River Watershed Alliance: Stream Monitoring Workshop

On the Plattekill Creek, a major tributary of the Lower Esopus Creek.  Presented by the Hudson River Watershed Alliance in cooperation with the Ulster County Department of the Environment and the Ulster County Environmental Management Council’s  “Ulster County Creek Week.”  Do you want to know more about the health of your local stream?  Would you like to develop a monitoring program for your stream or watershed?  


June 17, 2011 – Hudson River Watershed Alliance Roundtable: Watershed Monitoring: How to design a monitoring program that meets your objectives


February 10, 2011 – Hudson River Watershed Alliance Workshop: Forest to Faucet: What Does a Watershed Need to Produce Clean Water?

What does a watershed need to produce clean water? The Hudson River Watershed Alliance and the Hudson River Estuary Program presented a new Geographic Information System mapping tool that can help identify important watershed attributes. Donald Steinmetz of the Highlands Environmental Research Institute presented this new GIS tool, based on data developed by the US Forest Service.  Fran Dunwell and Scott Cuppett from the Hudson River Estuary Program and Jennifer Grossman from the Highlands Coalition and Open Space Institute discussed the importance of clean water and watershed management in the Hudson Valley.

  • Hudson River Watershed Alliance – Who we are & What we do.Barbara Kendall, HRWA Coordinator Download 
  • The Hudson River Estuary: Working Together to Protect Our Water Resources – Frances Dunwell, Hudson River Estuary Program Download
  • Forest to Faucet: Meeting the Needs of Rivers and PeopleScott Cuppett, Hudson River Estuary Program Download
  • Forest to Faucet in the Hudson EstuaryDon Steinmetz, Highlands Environmental Research Institute Download


2009 – Hudson River Watershed Alliance: Stewardship Awards

The Hudson River Watershed Alliance recognized the efforts of an individual and an organization who are successfully implementing local watershed protection or water resource protection, management and restoration approaches in the Hudson River watershed. Link to Awardees


September 29-30, 2009 – State of the Hudson River Watershed: A Conference on the Ecological Status of the Waters of the Hudson River and its Tributaries


July 2009 – Hudson River Watershed Alliance and Marist College: Workshop on Mobile GIS & Free Geospatial Map Applications

The Hudson River Watershed Alliance in partnership with Marist College ( sponsored a half-day introductory training on “the language of the maps” for developing skills at navigating and harnessing the mobile and online geospatial systems.  Designed especially for beginner users, the course was tailored to support planning boards, CACs, local government decision-makers, volunteer groups an/or anyone who wanted to better understand what data is available, what kinds of questions can be asked and how one can visualize the spatial patterns and processes at work within our world. Download