Seeking Nominations for 2022 Environmental Leadership Awards

Genesee RiverWatch is seeking nominations of individuals, organizations, projects, or events for its Elizabeth Thorndike Environmental Leadership Awards. The Awards are given to recognize significant contributions to our Mission of “championing solutions that improve the water quality of the Genesee and initiatives that connect people to the River”. Nominations are due by October 31st, 2022 for review and selection by the Board of Directors of Genesee RiverWatch.

Nominees will have have demonstrated success in (1) improving the water quality of the Genesee River Basin; (2) creating environmental, recreational, and economic assets for their communities; and/or (3) connecting people to the river by encouraging them to explore, experience, and celebrate the river.

A separate category of the awards recognizes volunteers whose work on behalf of Genesee RiverWatch has significantly aided us in furthering our Mission.

The awards are given in honor of Elizabeth Thorndike, longtime supporter of Genesee RiverWatch and one of the founders of its predecessor organization, the Center for Environmental Information.

Past Award recipients have included:

  • Commissioner Norm Jones – Petten Street Access
  • Robert Stryker – Jaycox Creek Agricultural Best Management Practices
  • Michael Kannard – Citizen Monitoring Program Volunteer
  • Oatka Creek Watershed Committee
  • Seneca Park Zoo
  • City of Rochester
  • Genesee Headwaters Watershed Association
  • Kaeti Stoss/Delta Environmental
  • Mallards Dairy
  • Volunteers: Chris Widmaier and Juliana Lanz.

Nominations are due by October 31st, 2022 (see instructions on form).

Awards will be recognized in person by Genesee RiverWatch and featured on its website, on YouTube and in selected media outlets.

*Update – September 10, 2022, Paddle Cancelled*

The 2022 Genesee River Paddling Program continues on Saturday, September 10, 2022, for Intermediate+ Paddlers at the Petten St. Dock

Join us at 10:00AM on Saturday, September 10th for the 4th event in the 2022 Genesee River Paddling season presented by Genesee RiverWatch, the Genesee Waterways Center, and the City of Rochester.
 
For the safety and enjoyment of the group, participants must have sufficient experience to enter, exit, paddle and control their boats.
 
We will leave from, and return to, the new ADA-compliant kayak and canoe dock at 110 Petten Street, off Lake Avenue. We will push off at 10:00AM and return around 1:00PM.
 
On our trip, we will explore the Lower River upstream into the “wilderness in the city” between Turning Point and Lower Falls – an unspoiled area where you will forget that you are in the midst of an urban metropolis.  On the way, we will stop to see and learn about Rochester’s history as a coal and wheat port and terminus for the Underground Railroad.  We will also discuss today’s Genesee River, the reasons why dredges must remove sediment from the harbor area every year, and what is being done to reduce this problem.

Registration Information
> Pre-registration is required. Community Paddle – INTERMEDIATE Paddle @ Petten St. — GWC 2022 UPDATE (geneseewaterways.org).  Be sure that you are registering for the correct weekend; the site also allows for paddle event reservations in October.
> Pricing for this year’s paddles will be unchanged from last year at $25 per person. 
> We have an all-kayak fleet, and you can choose either a single person or double. 
> Anyone younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
> All paddlers should be at least 10 years old. 
> Any questions? Call the Waterways Center at 585-328-3960.

Only One More Paddle Event Remains This Year
Sunday, October 2 (ROC the Riverway) – Intermediate+ skill level, Lower River. 
For this special ROC the Riverway Weekend event, we will meet at Petten Street, then take a City of Rochester van upriver where we will meet our boats at Seth Green Park.  This will allow us to explore Lower Falls from water level, then do a one-way paddle of the full Lower River, returning to Petten Street.

See you on the river!

Beginner & Experienced Paddlers: Join Us On the Genesee River August 13, 2022

The 2022 Genesee River Paddling Program Continues on Saturday, August 13, 2022, for both Beginner and Intermediate+ Paddlers at the Genesee Waterways Center.

Join us at 10:00AM on Saturday, August 13th for the third event in the 2022 Genesee River Paddling season, presented by Genesee RiverWatch, the Genesee Waterways Center, and the City of Rochester.
 
We will leave from, and return to, the Waterways Center at 149 Elmwood Avenue on the west side of the river next to the Genesee Valley Sports Complex.
 
Beginning paddlers, including those who have never been in a kayak before, will learn how to enter, exit, paddle, and control their boat. Knowing these basic skills will vastly increase your enjoyment on the water and is a prerequisite for what we have termed “intermediate” events later this summer and fall. After a short lesson near the dock, we will put this knowledge to use in exploring the river, the Erie Canal, and Red Creek.
 
Experienced paddlers can skip these lessons and join a separately guided group to explore at their own pace.
 
The highlight for both groups will be the secluded and twisting path of Red Creek with its abundant wildlife and sense of being isolated from the hectic pace of life nearby. Guides will also describe the history of the Erie Canal as well as the 19th century Genesee Valley Canal and Genesee Valley Canal Railroad that paralleled the river.
 
Pricing for this year’s paddles is unchanged from last year at $25 per person. We have an all-kayak fleet available this year, and you can choose either single person boats or doubles. Anyone younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult and all paddlers should be at least 10 years old.
 
Pre-registration is required at the Genesee Waterways Center Website. Be sure that you are registering for the correct weekend as the site also allows for paddle event reservations in September and October. Any questions? Call the Waterways Center at 585-328-3960.
 
More Paddle Events This Summer & Fall
 
> Saturday, September 10 – Intermediate+ skill level, Lower River starting from, and returning to, the Petten St. dock
 
>  Sunday, October 2 – Intermediate+ skill level, Lower River. For this special ROC the Riverway Weekend event, we will meet at Petten Street then take a City van upriver where we will meet our boats at Seth Green Park, be able to explore the Lower Falls from water level, then do a one-way paddle of the full Lower River, returning to Petten Street.
 
See you on the Genesee!

Summertime Paddle on Sunday, July 17, 2022

The 2022 Genesee River Paddling Program Continues on Sunday, July 17, 2022 for Intermediate+ Paddlers at the Petten St. Dock

The next guided paddle of the 2022 Genesee River Paddling season, presented by Genesee RiverWatch, the Genesee Waterways Center, and the City of Rochester, will be Sunday, July 17.  

This time intermediate+ skill paddlers will explore the Lower River from the Petten St. canoe/kayak dock upriver into the “wilderness in a city” between Turning Point and Lower Falls – an unspoiled area where you will forget that you are in the midst of an urban metropolis. On the way, we will learn about the dredging project to remove waste silver from the river bottom, and we will discuss Rochester’s history as a coal and wheat port and terminus for the Underground Railroad.

Meet at the ADA-compliant dock at 110 Petten Street off Lake Avenue. We will push off at 10:00AM, Sunday, July 17, and return around 1:00PM.
 
Registration Information
> Pre-registration is required. Go to the Genesee Waterways Center website to register.
> Pricing for this year’s paddles will be unchanged from last year at $25 per person. 
> We have an all-kayak fleet, and you can choose either a single person or double. 
> Anyone younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
> All paddlers should be at least 10 years old. 
> Any questions? Call the Waterways Center at 585-328-3960.

Add these 2022 Paddle Events to Your Calendar:
* Saturday, August 13 – Beginner and experienced paddlers. Waterways Center
* Saturday, September 10 – Intermediate+ skill level. Lower River starting from the Petten St. dock
* Sunday, October 2 (ROC the Riverway) – Intermediate+ skill level. Lower River starting from the Petten St. dock  

See you on the river!

Paddle with Us on June 11, 2022

The 2022 Genesee River Paddling Program Begins on Saturday, June 11, 2022
for Beginner & Experienced Paddlers at the Genesee Waterways Center

Join us at 10:00am on Saturday, June 11th for the opening of the 2022 Genesee River Paddling season presented by Genesee RiverWatch, the Genesee Waterways Center, and the City of Rochester.  

Meet at the entrance to the Waterways Center, 149 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY.  We will leave from the Waterways Center at approx. 10am and plan to return at 1:00pm. Guides will describe the history of the Erie Canal as well as the 19th century Genesee Valley Canal and Genesee Valley Canal Railroad that paralleled the river. 

Beginning paddlers, including those who have never been in a kayak before, will learn how to enter, exit, paddle, and control their boat. Knowing these basic skills will vastly increase your enjoyment on the water and is a prerequisite for what we have termed “intermediate” events later this summer. Experienced paddlers will also enjoy this outing and can explore the Genesee, the Erie Canal, and Red Creek. Red Creek is especially fun with its abundant wildlife and sense of being isolated from the hectic pace of life nearby.

Pricing for this year’s paddles will be unchanged from last year at $25 per person. We will have an all-kayak fleet available this year, and you can choose either single person boats or doubles. Anyone younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult, and all paddlers should be at least 10 years old.  

Updated registration information:
Pre-registration is required. Go to the Genesee Waterways Center website to register.
Should you have any questions, call the Waterways Center at 585-328-3960.

Add these 2022 Paddle Events to Your Calendar:
* Sunday, July 17 – Intermediate+ skill level. Lower River starting from the Petten St. dock
* Saturday, August 13 – Beginner and experienced paddlers. Waterways Center
* Saturday, September 10 – Intermediate+ skill level. Lower River starting from the Petten St. dock * Sunday, October 2 (ROC the Riverway) – Intermediate+ skill level. Lower River starting from the Petten St. dock  
See you on the river!

Support Genesee RiverWatch through Orvis “Great GiveBack Days”

The Orvis Company has generously included Genesee RiverWatch in their spring “Great Giveback Days” program.

During the month of May, when you buy at least $10.00 worth of goods at the Orvis store in Pittsford, NY, Orvis will donate $10.00 to Genesee RiverWatch. If what you want is not in stock, catalog orders placed through the store, in person or by phone, will also count in this program.

Sounds too simple to be true but the program is no more complicated than that!

For those who have not yet shopped at Orvis, you will find their store at 3349 Monroe Avenue on the east end of the Pittsford Plaza Shopping Center. Inside, you will find a wide variety of very high-quality men’s and women’s outdoor clothing. If you are a fly fisherman or dog lover, you are probably already aware of Orvis and its exceptional products in both areas.

Do yourself (or perhaps a loved one) a favor and visit Orvis this month. Your purchases will support the Genesee RiverWatch mission at no extra cost to you.

Spring Newsletter 2022

Dear Friends,

Spring is finally here and with it, an exciting 2022 Summer Paddling Program, multiple streambank improvement projects, and important public events – including our 8th Annual Genesee River Basin Summit. And there is more…we invite you to take a few minutes to read below and learn about our efforts to realize the Vision of “a healthy and sustainable Genesee River ecosystem that is an environmental, recreational and economic asset for all generations”.

None of this would be possible without the help of our partners, volunteers, and donors.  We are grateful to you all. See you on or around the River!  

Sincerely,

  • Mike Haugh, President of the Board
  • George Thomas, Executive Director

Summer Paddling Program

Since 2015, we have partnered with the City of Rochester and the Genesee Waterways Center to offer guided canoe and kayak trips on the Genesee.  These excursions are great opportunities to explore the “wilderness in the city” that is the lower river and to learn about the fascinating history of the Genesee.  This summer’s program will offer trips on both the lower river (between Lower Falls and the harbor)  and on the section of the Genesee bordering Genesee Valley Park and secluded Red Creek.  This summer, in order to enhance safety and increase the enjoyment of all participants, we are asking that participants have a basic knowledge of paddling techniques when they join our trips.  To help people get that knowledge, we are offering two days of training for new paddlers at the Waterways Center.  If you have never before been in a kayak, join us for one of these days.  It will open a whole new opportunity to explore your world that is not available to those tied to the shore.

Below is the tentative program schedule for 2022.  Watch for further announcements in our mailings, on the Genesee RiverWatch website and on the Genesee Waterways website.

  • Saturday, June 11 – Beginner paddling training and intermediate+ skill paddle, Waterways Center
  • Sunday, July 17 – Intermediate+ skill paddle, Petten St.
  • Saturday, August 13 – Beginner paddling training and intermediate+ skill paddle, Waterways Center
  • Saturday, September 10 – Intermediate+ skill paddle, Petten St.
  • Sunday, October 2 (ROC the Riverway Weekend) – Intermediate+ skill paddle, Petten St.

2022 Genesee River Basin Summit

Our 8th Annual Genesee River Basin Summit is coming soon. We are planning a virtual Summit of 4 sessions during the month of May.  The session will be conducted using Zoom and will be recorded for later viewing. Preliminary topics are:

  • A review of the H2O Hero Genesee River public opinion survey; May 12 8:30am-10am
  • Fishing opportunities on the Genesee; May 17 8:30am-10am
  • NY State watershed plan for the Genesee River Basin; May 19 8:30am-10am
  • An update on river access improvements and Rochester’s new focus on the river, including the ROC the Riverway projects. May 26 8:30am-10am

Registration information will be available soon.

Genesee River Blueway Map

The Genesee River Blueway Map is your guide to paddling the Genesee from its headwaters in Pennsylvania to Lake Ontario.  It shows safe access sites and provides the river mileage between these points.  The map is available as a tri-fold brochure at many of the access sites and is downloadable from our website.  Also on the website is an interactive map that will allow you to custom plan your route and print a more detailed map specific to your plan. The new site under construction in Houghton will be added during this paddling season.

See us at the Expo

Join us at the 23rd ANNUAL OUTDOOR EXPO at Mendon Ponds Park on June 11th. The Expo is  sponsored by the Genesee Valley Chapter, Adirondack Mountain Club and Monroe County Parks. If you have not been there before, you will find it a terrific opportunity to learn about a wide range of outdoor experiences. From hiking to paddling to wooden boat construction to bike repair, the Outdoor Expo provides a chance to explore it all!
SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2022
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Streambank Restoration

Our work to improve water quality includes stabilizing and restoring streambanks and helping apply agricultural best management practices that reduce sediment and phosphorus loads to the river, and slow the rate of erosion, preserving agricultural land and fertile topsoil. These projects also restore and improve wildlife habitat in and along the river by establishing wild plantings in the riparian zones. We currently have several active projects along the Genesee River in Allegany and Livingston Counties and have provided updates below.

Mallards Dairy #2/Town of Caneadea

Construction on this project to restore 2,000 feet of eroded streambank along the Genesee River just south of the Village of Houghton, NY, began in September 2021 and was completed in October. The contractor graded the fast-eroding vertical riverbank, creating a three-tiered structure, stabilized by tree stumps and five rock vanes in the river. The field is owned and cultivated by Mallards Dairy, LLC to support their large dairy operation in Cuba, NY. The owner, Charlie Bares, provided all of the funding to hire the contractor as his match for this $320,000 project. On April 1st and 2nd Genesee RiverWatch volunteers, together with Mr. and Mrs. Bares, harvested approximately 5,000 willow cuttings from elsewhere on the property and planted them in the new bank.  As these willows grow, their roots will provide long term stability for the bank, preserving this valuable farmland and preventing hundreds of tons of sediment from washing down the river.  Thank you to all the volunteers who joined us in this work!

Agricultural Best Management Practices Project/Livingston County

Genesee RiverWatch has been working with the Livingston County Soil and Water Conservation District (LCS&WCD) since 2020 to identify farm fields in the Jaycox Creek subwatershed that are candidates for application of agricultural best management practices (AgBMPs) to reduce erosion and soil loss. It is funded by a $198K Great Lakes Commission grant and planned $53K match ($251K total). Two projects were completed in 2021 and two have been selected for 2022. The 2021 projects were on an 85-acre field (shared by 3 farms) east of Geneseo and a horse stable (KJW Stables) north of Geneseo. The two projects for 2023 are on agricultural fields at the Brady Farm and Byron Farms properties. The work is being directed by LCS&WCD. The primary practices being considered are terraces, grassed waterways, water and sediment control basins (WASCOBs), and underground outlets.

Canoe/Kayak Access Projects

Genesee RiverWatch is continuing to work with our partners to improve access to the river for fishing and car-top boaters.

Avon & Geneseo – The US Fish and Wildlife Service and NYSDEC as trustees for the Kodak Environmental Response trust have awarded Genesee RiverWatch a grant to upgrade canoe/kayak access sites on the Genesee River in Avon and Geneseo. We expect funding to be available by May and to complete construction by December 2022.

Fillmore – Genesee River Wilds has been working to secure an official access site in Fillmore to take the place of the unofficial “Fillmore Beach” site that was recently closed by its new owners.  They are currently exploring the idea of using Allegany County land on the northwest corner of the Route 4 bridge.  A final decision is not expected in the 2022 boating season.  When the site becomes available, Genesee RiverWatch will provide Blueway signs and include the site on our interactive map.

Houghton – Genesee River Wilds has recently reached an agreement with the Village of Houghton to create a new access site near their wastewater treatment plant. Work has been completed to grade the access road and parking lot. The site will be available for the 2022 boating season. Genesee RiverWatch will provide Blueway signs and include the site on our interactive map.

Donor Support Helps Us Do Our Work

As we have said before, Genesee RiverWatch relies heavily on community support to continue its work of improving water quality and connecting people to the river.  Big-ticket projects such as the streambank work and access sites discussed above are typically funded by government and agency grants, often in the range of $200,000 to $400,000.  However, all the preliminary work that goes into obtaining these grants – the site identification, landowner relations, engineering, etc. – is done by a combination of volunteers and donations from those who support our work.  All of our other work, including our water quality Report Card, summer paddling program, and annual Genesee River Basin Summits, is also accomplished using donations and hard-working volunteers.

In 2021, you donated over $26,000 to RiverWatch, a rewarding 18% increase over 2020!  Thank you so much for your commitment to our vision of  “a healthy and sustainable Genesee River ecosystem that is an environmental, recreational and economic asset for all generations”.

Please keep Genesee RiverWatch in your plans for 2022 donations and, if possible, increase your support so that we can cover not only current inflation but also the increased tempo of work planned for this year.

Meet our Staff and Board of Directors

Genesee RiverWatch has a dedicated staff and volunteer Board of Directors. We invite you to visit our updated “Who We Are” page to learn more about us.

Summer 2022 Paddling Program

Since 2015, we have partnered with the City of Rochester and the Genesee Waterways Center to offer guided canoe and kayak trips on the Genesee.  These excursions are great opportunities to explore the “wilderness in the city” that is the lower river and to learn about the fascinating history of the Genesee.  This summer’s program will offer trips on both the lower river (between Lower Falls and the harbor) and on the section of the Genesee bordering Genesee Valley Park and secluded Red Creek.  This summer, in order to enhance safety and increase the enjoyment of all participants, we are asking that participants have a basic knowledge of paddling techniques when they join our trips.  To help people get that knowledge, this year we are offering two days of training for new paddlers at the Waterways Center.  If you have never before been in a kayak, join us for one of these days.  It will open a whole new opportunity to explore your world that is not available to those tied to the shore.

Below is the tentative program schedule for 2022.  Watch for further announcements in our mailings, on the Genesee RiverWatch website and on the Genesee Waterways website.

  • Saturday, June 11 – Beginner paddling training and intermediate+ skill paddle, Waterways Center
  • Sunday, July 17 – Intermediate+ skill paddle, Petten St.
  • Saturday, August 13 – Beginner paddling training and intermediate+ skill paddle, Waterways Center
  • Saturday, September 10 – Intermediate+ skill paddle, Petten St.
  • Sunday, October 2 (ROC the Riverway Weekend) – Intermediate+ skill paddle, Petten St.

Thank-you to our Supporters

This article is part of Genesee RiverWatch’s 2021 Year End Appeal Series.

2021 is behind us and, while difficult for us all, we got a great deal accomplished at Genesee RiverWatch.  Thanks to you, our Year End Appeal fund drive was one of the high points of the year!

This was the third time we have come to you with a Year End Appeal.  We were encouraged by the $2,000 you donated during our first drive in 2019.  In 2020, your contributions increased by an amazing 266%, to over $5,000.  This year you added a further 25%, donating over $6,700 to fund RiverWatch’s work on the Genesee.

As we did in 2020, our Appeal letters included detailed descriptions of key components of this work: We reported on last year’s streambank restoration project in Houghton, our annual Genesee River Basin Summit programs, and some of the significant partnerships that allow us to multiply the impact of our efforts and your donations.  If you missed these articles when they first appeared, you can read them at Seeking Your Support | Genesee RiverWatch

At RiverWatch, our Year End Appeal represents a significant portion of our full year fund raising program.  It makes possible the critical project development work that our volunteers must do to define erosion control, river access, public outreach, and education projects in advance of the grants that cover the cost of executing this work.  As a result of your generosity, we can move forward with the ambitious schedule of work that you will hear about as 2022 progresses.  Our sincere thanks to you and our best wishes for a healthy and happy 2022.

We hope to see you out enjoying the Genesee – whether on the water, hiking and biking its trails, fishing, or just relaxing and enjoying the river’s serenity.

All the best,

The Genesee RiverWatch Team

P.S.  If you missed contributing during the Year End Appeal or prefer to renew your support at another time during the year, please consider investing $100, $250 – or an amount of your choosing – in Genesee RiverWatch and our work.

Working with Partners – The Multiplier Effect

This article is part of Genesee RiverWatch’s 2021 Year End Appeal Series – telling the stories behind our significant accomplishments.

Partnering with other organizations has been in the Genesee RiverWatch DNA since the formation of its predecessor organization, the Center for Environmental Information, in 1974.  In so doing, we can take advantage of the strengths of multiple organizations while avoiding conflicts over funding and recognition.  Examples abound:

River Access: In 2018-20 we partnered with the City of Rochester to design and build the first-ever dedicated canoe/kayak dock facility on the lower river at Petten Street.  With a core donation from Genesee Brewery, we provided the initial impetus and funding needed to turn the City’s long-term plan for such a dock into a current reality.  The city, led by DES Commissioner Norman Jones, provided additional funding, engineering  and permitting resources beyond the reach of RiverWatch. The Petten Street Dock was opened in the Fall of 2020.

Implementing Agricultural Best Management Practices: This year we partnered with the Livingston County Soil & Water Conservation District (LCS&WCD) to apply for a $198K Great Lakes Commission grant to implement “agricultural best management practices” on multiple farm properties in the Jaycox Creek sub watershed of the Genesee River.  This work is reducing sediment and nutrient inflows to the Genesee and preserving precious farmland.  The first project under this grant involved grading and installing drains and sediment control basins on 85 acres owned by three adjoining farms near North Road in Geneseo.  RiverWatch brought its grant writing skills and reputation for solid implementation to the association, while Robert Stryker, Manager of the LCS&WCD, contributed his own reputation for successful project work and his detailed knowledge of the local farm community.  This work will continue with additional projects in 2022.

Paddling on the River: In 2021, Genesee RiverWatch offered an expanded series of public paddle events on the Genesee in the Rochester area.  To do this required partnering with the Genesee Waterways Center and Erie Canal Boat Company who provided the canoes and kayaks that allowed 71 people to explore the lower river, Red Creek and Black Creek.  RiverWatch guided the trips and pointed out areas of historical, cultural, and natural interest.

Streambank Restoration: Mallards Dairy in Allegany County partnered with us on our first-ever streambank restoration project in 2017-2018.  Based on this success, we again allied with Mallards to restore 1,800 feet of riverbank near Houghton, NY.  As with all these projects, the goal is to preserve valuable farmland while eliminating a major source of sediment and algae-causing nutrients in the river and improving bio habitat.  RiverWatch provides initial project engineering, grant writing, permitting, and project oversight skills. Its farming partners provide the “in-kind” work required by federal grant providers.  In the case of the Houghton project, the Great Lakes Commission awarded a grant of $197K and Mallards Dairy paid the construction contractor $119K, for a total project value of $316K.

Special Studies at St. John Fisher College: Over the years, we have frequently partnered with St. John Fisher College faculty and students to do special studies that RiverWatch personnel do not have the time or skills to execute.  In 2019, the Public Policy class studied the river cities of Milwaukee, San Antonio, Richmond, Chattanooga, and Buffalo.  They developed a report that compared Rochester’s river plans with the situations faced by each of these cities and the ways in which each successfully capitalized on their river assets.  In so doing, the students were exposed to real time examples of public policy being used to drive economic and environmental benefits, while RiverWatch gained insights to refine our own strategic plans.  In 2020, we partnered with the head of Fisher’s Department of Media and Communications to offer a student a web design practicum focusing on upgrading the RiverWatch web site.  The student’s input was helpful as we began the work to build and launch our new website in 2020.

Genesee Blueway Map: In 2019-20 we partnered with Genesee River Wilds in Allegany County and the Genesee Valley Conservancy in Geneseo to develop the Genesee River Blueway Map.  The new map updates a 2004 map produced by the Sierra Club.  It shows safe access points and distances between these points to facilitate trip planning.  There is also a new interactive version of the map available on our website.  Here again, RiverWatch used its grant writing skills to obtain $25K of NOAA Sea Grant funding to underwrite the project.  We also applied our detailed knowledge of the lower river and our website mapping skills.  Our partners contributed their intimate experience on the middle and upper river.  In addition to the map itself, the team developed new signage for each access site showing, on the land side, the name of the site and the river mileage to that point.  On the river side, these signs indicate the upcoming take-out point, its river mileage, and the distance to the next take-out point.

Your Support is Needed

Your support is critical to our ability to continue this work on behalf of our river and our community. As you know, Genesee RiverWatch is dependent on its volunteers to do this work.  However, our volunteers need funding to run the organization, offer public events, and do the studies, outreach, and engineering necessary to obtain financing for the larger projects.

Please consider investing $100, $250 – or an amount of your choosing – in Genesee RiverWatch as a part of your year-end giving plan.

Sincerely,

The Genesee RiverWatch Team