looking up river towards Hancock, NY

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stark ariel photo of a boat with two fisherman

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Winter on the Delaware River

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a series of short cascading falls along side large flat boulders

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still river in the summer

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three fisher people wading in the river and a rowboat

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Executive Director of the Upper Delaware Council

Laurie Ramie


Laurie Ramie serves as Executive Director of the Upper Delaware Council.

She provides leadership in implementing all Council activities aimed at ensuring proper and effective implementation of the River Management Plan for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River. Laurie is responsible for overseeing organizational and financial administration, intergovernmental coordination, strategic planning, staff supervision, verbal and written communications, public outreach, event logistics, grants administration, fundraising, and maintaining an extensive knowledge of conservation and resource management issues. She also serves as editor of “The Upper Delaware” newsletter.

As Executive Director, Laurie represents the Council in a variety of public capacities and organizational memberships, including the Delaware River Basin Commission’s Water Management Advisory Council, Scenic Wild Delaware River Geotourism Stewardship Council, Upper Delaware Scenic Byway (recording & corresponding secretary), and the Delaware & Hudson Canal Transportation Heritage Council (secretary)

Laurie began employment with the UDC in 1997 as Public Relations/Fundraising Specialist. She was promoted to the Executive Director position on June 9, 2012. The Ogdensburg, NY native earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in English (Writing Concentration) from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh in 1988. She worked in community journalism for 10 years prior to joining the UDC, including a 1992-1997 stint as a reporter and editor of the Sullivan County Democrat and a former freelance writer for the River Reporter.

She resides in the Town of Delaware, NY, serves on the Callicoon Depot, Inc. non-profit board, and is a member of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Callicoon Business and Community Association, the Delaware Community Center, Dorflinger Factory Museum, and the Basket Historical Society of the Upper Delaware Valley.

close up photo of a woman in a winter hat standing by a snowy Delaware River

Kerry Engelhardt, P.E.


Kerry Engelhardt is the Resources and Land Use Specialist at the Upper Delaware Council.

The RLUS is responsible for conducting the UDC’s substantial conformance reviews, administering the Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) program, and providing technical assistance to member towns on a variety of conservation and preservation activities.

Kerry grew up in Bergen County, New Jersey and attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ where she obtained a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Prior to joining the UDC in 2021, Kerry worked as a land development engineer in South Jersey for fifteen years before relocating to Lackawaxen, PA in 2015. She is a licensed professional engineer in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She specializes in stormwater design and environmental permitting, and has served as planning board engineer in municipalities throughout South Jersey.

She and her husband Chris Hunt enjoy fishing, swimming, and birding in the Lackawaxen River behind their home. She is a member of the Eagle Conservation Committee at the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, and has been volunteering with the DHC’s Eagle Watch since 2016. Kerry likes to spend her free time reading, beekeeping, hiking, cross stitching, and watching live music.

Secretary at the Upper Delaware Council

Ashley Hall-Bagdonas


Ashley Hall-Bagdonas is the Secretary at the Upper Delaware Council.

The UDC Secretary provides a wide range of administrative and clerical support to Council staff, Council representatives, and the non-profit organization itself. Ashley is also part of the National Park Service Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River Water Safety Committee and event coordinator for the UDC Annual Family Raft Trip.

Ashley began employment with the UDC in 2018. Growing up in Wayne County, PA Ashley earned an Associate’s degree in Human Services from Lackawanna College in Scranton in 2006. She studied social work at Millersville University for two years. She worked at Bugaj/Fischer, P.C. for 3 years prior to joining the UDC.

She resides in Honesdale, PA. Ashley enjoys utilizing the beauty of the Upper Delaware River by kayaking, tubing, and doing river clean-ups in her spare time.

flat water showing clouds reflections. good fishing.
Photo Credit: David B. Soete
Did You Know?

The deepest point on the Delaware River is located at Narrowsburg in the Town of Tusten, where the Big Eddy runs 113 feet deep. Normal riffle areas are 2-8 feet in depth and pools range from 12-20 feet deep.