Past BRW Presentations

Black River Watershed Wednesday Webinars (2021)
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Wednesday May 12, 2021 at 3:00 pm
Black River Trail Extension and Regional Bicycle/Pedestrian Connectivity and The Research Network: A Community Platform for Stakeholders and Universities in the Lower Great Lakes by Christian Renschler, SUNY Buffalo and Christopher Dunne, Highland Planning Recording of Webinar

Wednesday May 19, 2021 at 3:00 pm
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in a Changing Climate:  Changing Forests and Identification and Management of HWA by Dr. Lindsey Rustad, USDA Forest Service Center for Research on
Ecosystem Change and Ms. Caroline Marschner, Cornell University Recording of Webinar

Wednesday May 26, 2021 at 3:00 pm
Ice and Snow Best Practices: Communication and Consensus by Tim Hunt, Lewis County Recording of Webinar

Wednesday June 2, 2021 at 3:00 pm
Weather Resilience:  Tips for Improving Your Community’s Ability to Respond to Severe Weather by Mary Austerman, NY Sea Grant and Khris Dodson, Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center Recording of Webinar and PDF of Presentation

Wednesday June 9, 2021 at 3:00 pm
SWCD Municipal Assistance Programming – Presentation and Panel Discussion by Brian Steinmuller, Assistant Director of the NYS Soil and Water Conservation Committee Recording of Webinar and PDF of Presentation

Wednesday June 16, 2021 at 3:00 pm
Hamilton and Herkimer County Conservation Initiatives in the Black River Watershed
by Jaime Parslow and Caitlin Stewart, Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District and Katherine Whitcomb and Robert Tilbe of the Herkimer County Soil and Water Conservation District Recording of WebinarHamilton County Lake Monitoring Page and Story Maps and PDF of Willow Stake Planting Guide


Virtual Black River Watershed Conference
September 29, 2020 – October 29, 2020

For a complete schedule please go to 2020 virtual conference schedule.

2020 Virtual Black River Watershed Webinar Recordings:

Ten Years of Progress in the Black River Watershed with Emily Sheridan

Hamilton and Herkimer County SWCD’s Black River Watershed Presentations (Herkimer County’s Japanese Knotweed and Hydroseeding Programs with Katherine Whitcomb and Bob Tilbe and Hamilton County’s Lake Monitoring Program with Jaime Parslow)

Materials for Hamilton County’s webinar:
Hamilton County SWCD Lake Monitoring webpage:
The State of Hamilton County Lakes: A 25-Year Perspective 1993 – 2017:
2019 Water Quality Monitoring Program report:

Lewis and Jefferson County SWCD’s Black River Watershed Presentations (Lewis County Fairgrounds Stormwater Project with Nichelle Swisher and Jefferson County’s Emerald Ash Borer Program with Christine Watkins)

Early History of the Black River Watershed with Dr. Laurie Rush and Peter Hayes

Geology of the Black River Watershed Part 2 with Dr. Chris Ebey

Black River Dam Relicensing:  Who is FERC And How To Get Involved with Emily Carter and Allyson Conner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Flood Plain Regulation for Local Review Boards with Patricia Burke and Paula Gilbert, NYS Department of State, Handout

The Black River Watershed Conference is typically held in June every year.  Stakeholders (municipal officials, municipal boards, agency representatives and interested citizens) have the opportunity to learn about and discuss issues that face the Black River and its watershed, as well as how to become better stewards of the Black River.  Networking is encouraged and everyone is welcome!  Stay tuned for more details!


 2019 Presentations:
Jefferson County Stormwater Coalition – Christine Watkins
Road Salt Pollution – Dan Kelting
Hydro Electric Projects – John Wiley
Geologic History – Chris Ebey
Ecological Cost of Plastic – Eric Hellquist

 2018 Presentations:
1 Stream Restoration Oneida County SWCD
2 Case Studies in NCD Hamilton County SWCD
3 Soil Health Lewis County SWCD
4 Stormwater Coalition Jefferson County SWCD
5 Japanese Kontweed Herkimer County SWCD
6 Keynote Climate Change
7 Winter Balancing Act Cornell Local Roads
8 Flood Services National Weather Service
9 Staying Connected TNC THTLT and link to TNC’s Critter Shelf video

2017 Presentations:
Early Flood Detection in the BRW
Stormwater (MS4) Update
Green Infrastructure in Your Backyard
Salinization of ADK Waters
Terrestrial Invasive Species
Link to Well Survey provided by Dr. Dan Kelting:

2016 Presentations:
Nichelle Billhardt Lewis County Projects
Emily Sheridan Project Updates
Jeffrey Polkowski Planning for an Inviting and Active Urban Riverfront
Frank Pace Green Infrastructure Project Lewis County
Dick McDonald Hydropower Advisory Councils
Jessica Hart Hydroeletric Facilities and FERC

Christine Watkins Jefferson County SWCD MS4 Update
Bill Kappel Hydrology and Geology of the BRW

2015 Presentations:
Dairy Manure AFO CAFO 101
EFC Green Infrastructure
Black River Watershed Project Updates
Jefferson County Stormwater Coalition
bus tour stops
Speaker Bios

2014 Presentations:
2010 Census and New Storm Water in the Jefferson County Urbanized Area
Emergency Response to Flooding and the Problems of the Response
Fish-Species-Distributions Fish-Atlas-Project
Lyons Falls Presentation
US Army Corps of Engineers 2014 Emergency Presentation