As we have done since 2019, we came to you at the end of last year with our Year End Appeal for RiverWatch Donations. Once again, you responded generously, contributing over $5,000 to support the work that we are doing right now!
Each year during the Appeal, we send out a series of letters that remind our audience (and ourselves) of the work we are doing and why this work and the Genesee matters so much to the health of our region. In late 2022 we covered the following:
- Our 1,800-foot streambank restoration work near Houghton, the summer public paddling program, continuation of our annual series of Genesee River Summits, and our water quality project in partnership with the Livingston County Soil & Water Conservation District.
- Our groundbreaking response to climate change in the form of RiverWatch’s “Carbon Neutral Policy” which will guide all our current and future construction projects.
- The meaning and benefits of our river in providing both recreation and the opportunity to better understand our world through study of its history, geology, biology, and environment.
In our holiday letter, we quoted Oliver Wendell Holmes, saying that, “A river is more than an amenity, it is a treasure”. We firmly believe that we are stewards of that treasure. Your response to the Year End Appeal clearly demonstrates that you do as well!
Thank you once again,
The Genesee RiverWatch Team