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It was a very special evening... A big thank you to our sponsors!!
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2016 Elizabeth Thorndike Environmental Leadership Awards:
 

Genesee RiverWatch recognized three organizations with our Elizabeth Thorndike Environmental Leadership Award at our BASH on October 6, 2016 for their efforts that have made significant contributions to the Genesee RiverWatch mission to champion solutions that improve the water quality of the Genesee and initiatives that connect people to the River.

 

Seneca Park Zoo Society - One Cubic Foot Project:

CS 2106 Awardee

In August 2015, the Seneca Park Zoo Society, arranged for environmentalist and photographer David Liittswager and a team from the Smithsonian Institution to study the biodiversity in the Genesee River using his “One Cubic Foot” technique. The Zoo partnered with nearly 30 local groups to assist in and publicize this work. The project raised awareness of the importance of the health of the Genesee River; provided data on the plant and animal species living in the River (134 species passed through the one cubic foot frame); and created a model for assessing the River’s biodiversity in the future. One Cubic Foot had a major impact on public awareness of the Genesee; encouraging people to explore, experience and celebrate the River, and contributing to a recent renaissance of interest in the River.


Oatka Creek Watershed Committee Inc. - Watershed Education, Protection and Restoration:

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OCWC is a volunteer watershed group that promotes, protects, and improves the natural resources and assets of the Oatka Creek watershed, a major tributary of the Genesee River. Since 2002, the organization has conducted: watershed education outreach activities; water quality and biological monitoring; storm drain marking; protecting and improving riparian vegetative buffer areas adjacent to the streams in the watershed; and providing education on invasive species and their control. In the spring of 2015, OCWC began creating new riparian corridor vegetation canopies to replace existing canopies dominated by dead or dying ash trees taking advantage of the State’s Trees for Tribs program. Working with a variety of groups and 120 volunteers, they have planted 2,870 native trees and shrubs along almost two miles of riparian corridor improving Oatka Creek’s water quality and associated habitat.


Dueppengiesser Dairy Co. - Water Quality Protection and Farming Education:

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The Dueppengiesser Dairy Co. of Perry, NY, a family run farm milking 1,000 cows, working 2,000 acres of corn and employing 20 full-time workers, has worked with USDA, NYS, and Wyoming Co. to implement multiple conservation measures to reduce soil erosion and pesticide use and improve water quality in the Genesee River Basin. These include vegetated treatment areas, grass waterways, cover cropping, pest management, residue management, installation of drainage tile, diversion ditches and drop inlets, nutrient management, sand/solid manure separation, use of a dragline manure system and two silage leachate collection systems. They have also hosted the Farm Bureau School Education Program, Agri-Palooza, and the Western New York Soil Health Field Day to help educate the public about how and why a farm operates and what can be done to improve water quality and the environment.

The Genesee River Bash!
 

  The kickoff event for Rochester's River Romance Weekend

Thursday Evening 

October 6th, 2016, 5:30-9:30pm  

Port of Rochester Terminal Building, Rochester, NY

A River Celebration featuring BBQ, Beer, and a Blues & Bluegrass Band
Family Friendly - Children Under 12 Free

Enjoy an Evening with Friends and Family

Congratulate Award Winners for Improving the River

Take a "Genesee River Walk" tour of outdoor lifestyle suppliers and River-focused organizations

Proceeds to benefit Genesee RiverWatch

Genesee RiverWatch improves the water quality of the Genesee River and its tributaries to create environmental, recreational and economic assets for its communities.
We also connect people to the river, encouraging them to explore, experience and celebrate the river.

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Thank you all for attending and a big thank you to our sponsors! (listed below)

Download the presentations:
folder 2016 Genesee River Basin Summit Presentations

Download the Restoration Proposal Summary and Update from our final session.

Download the sub-watershed map used in our discussion

WXXI's coverage

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Rochester Embayment Environmental

Quality Meeting Topic

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Monroe County Department of Public Health will host a public meeting at 7 p.m. on November 17, 2015, at the Roger Robach Community Center, 180 Beach Avenue, to discuss improvements in the environmental quality of the Rochester Embayment.

 

In 1987, the Rochester Embayment was designated as an Area of Concern (AOC) by the U.S.-Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, indicating that it is a location that has experienced environmental degradation. 

The Monroe County Department of Public Health, together with many valued partners, has lead an initiative for many years known as the Remedial Action Plan (RAP) process to address identified environmental concerns.

“Achieving progress in the identified environmental problem areas requires the work of many, and doesn’t happen quickly. We’re eager to update the community on our most recent progress,” said Dr. Jeremy Cushman, Interim Public Health Commissioner.

 

“Thanks to federal, state and local collaboration and resources, the Rochester Embayment is an important waterway on the road to recovery. Input from the public and our partnering stakeholders has been a critical component of these efforts and DEC encourages the public’s continued participation in the restoration of this incredible resource,” said NYS DEC Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos.

 

The Rochester Embayment AOC is an area formed by the indentation of the Monroe County shoreline between Bogus Point in the town of Parma and Nine Mile Point in the town of Webster.  The southern boundary includes approximately 6 miles of the Genesee River that is influenced by lake levels, from the river's mouth to the Lower Falls.

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The RAP identified 14 impairments for the AOC.  Impairments included items such as degradation of fish and wildlife populations, restrictions on dredging, and aesthetics.  Each impairment has associated criteria that must be met in order for it to be removed from the list. Upon the completion of remedial actions for all impairments, the Rochester Embayment will be recommended for a status update from an Area of Concern to an Area in Recovery.

Health and environmental officials are also seeking input via e-mail from individuals who may not be able to make it to a meeting but want to stay informed, receive updates, and obtain documents to review.  To be placed on this list, residents should send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject “RAP” and a message containing your full name, e-mail address, and town of residence.

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Media Inquiries, Contact:


John Ricci, MCDPH, 585 753-5106
Linda Vera, NYSDEC,
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Our 2015 Community Salute was an evening enjoyed by all!

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Dave Derrick from River Research and Design, Inc. will be coming to NY to offer two 3-day workshops in June on Stream Investigation, Stabilization & Design. Register soon. Class size is limited!

June 8-10, 2016 Chemung County Soil and Water Conservation District

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June 13 -15, 2016 - Schoharie County Soil and Water Conservation District

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