Category: Improve Water Quality


NYSDEC Begins Genesee River Cleanup

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has begun dredging work to remove pockets of sediment contaminated with silver in the Genesee River below Lower Falls. This work follows the recommendations of a corrective measures study, finalized in 2020, of the…

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Jaycox Creek Watershed Agricultural Best Management Practices

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Mallards Dairy # 2 Streambank Restoration Project – Houghton

Genesee RiverWatch has funding from the Great Lakes Commission ($197 K) to stabilize and restore 1800′ of eroding streambank near Houghton, NY in the Town of Caneadea. The owner of Mallards Dairy will contribute $119K of in-kind support to the…

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Chamberlain Farms Streambank Project – Angelica

In 2017, RiverWatch staff began discussions with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the New York State Department of Conservation – trustees of the Kodak Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Settlement fund.  At their request, we prepared a…

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Edelweiss Farms Streambank Restoration Project Final Report Available

The final report for the Edelweiss Farms Streambank Restoration Project on the Upper Genesee River is available.   The project stabilized 1,980 linear feet of un-buffered agricultural field (Edelweiss Farms) along the west bank of the Genesee River in the Town…

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The Story Behind the Chamberlain Farms Streambank Project

This article is part of Genesee RiverWatch’s 2020 Year-End Appeal series – telling the stories behind our significant accomplishments. Most Western New Yorkers are aware that our beautiful Finger Lakes Region and Genesee River Valley are products of glaciers that…

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Riparian Zones Explained

As an interface between water and land, riparian zones are important features in the landscape and an important part of Genesee RiverWatch’s streambank restoration work.

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Streambank Restoration Update Summer 2020

Genesee RiverWatch has several streambank restoration projects underway in 2020 to reduce sediment and phosphorus loads in the river, improving the quality of the water for recreational use and wildlife habitat along with preserving valuable farm land.

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Mallards Dairy Streambank Restoration Project Closeout Report

Thanks to the commitment of Mallards Dairy and their enthusiasm for this project it was successfully completed in the spring of 2018. It represents a demonstration of the efficacy of applying bioengineering techniques in streambank restoration. The success of this…

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Edelweiss Farms Streambank Restoration Complete

The work to stabilize 1,980 feet of streambank near the Village of Fillmore, NY is complete. This $284K project was supported by a grant from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The project stabilized the bank and established a riparian buffer….

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