Know Your Schoharie Creek Watershed: DCC to Present Free Seminars to Public at SUNY Cobleskill

Dam Concerned Citizens, Inc. (DCC) will present a seminar series at SUNY Cobleskill, free to the public, about the Schoharie Creek drainage basin. Four consecutive Wednesday evening sessions, commencing October 14, from 7:30 – 9:15pm, will be held in the new Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources building (north side of Route 7) in Auditorium #0101 .

The sessions, each presented by the experts listed below, will cover the following topics:

October 14: Geology of the Schoharie Creek Drainage Basin
Presented by Robert Titus, geology professor at Hartwick College, and Johanna Titus, instructor at SUNY Duchess County, a husband and wife team widely known for their expertise on the geology of the Catskills and their ability to make our region’s geology understandable to laypersons. They are authors of numerous books, including The Catskills: a Geological Guide and The Catskills in the Ice Age, as well as many other articles.

October 21: Dams and Reservoirs in the Schoharie Drainage Basin
Presented by Diane Galusha, author of Liquid Assets: A History of New York City’s Water System, a comprehensive book on the development of the vast network of reservoirs, tunnels and aqueducts that deliver water to the country’s largest metropolitan center. Galusha will describe the evolution of that system, including the damming in 1927 of Schoharie Creek, which displaced the community of Gilboa to create Schoharie Reservoir, northernmost feature of the entire system. In addition to authoring several books, Galusha is also an official of the Catskill Watershed Corp., and president of the Middletown Historical Society. 

October 28: Ecology of the Schoharie Creek Drainage Basin
Presented by Professor Mark Cornwell of the SUNY Cobleskill Fisheries, Wildlife and Environmental Sciences program. This session will correlate the fisheries in different reaches of the Schoharie Creek to their surrounding terrestrial environment.

November 4: Flooding in the Schoharie Creek Basin, including Causes of Flooding and Mitigation Strategies
Presented by Michael Quinn, Senior Geotechnical Engineer with Clough Harbour Associates, and DCC Board member; Peter Nichols, of Schoharie County Soil and Water Conservation District; Howard Bartholomew and Richard Mix, DCC Board members with expertise in hydrology and dam operations.


DCC, now marking the tenth anniversary of its creation as a citizen advocacy group for dam safety and flood mitigation, is proud to dedicate this series of educational seminars to the cherished memory or four of its founding Board members: Sherrie Bartholomew, Lester Hendrix, Ellie Currie and Stanley Towne.

For further information, contact the DCC at 518.827.9558.