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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:

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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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4th ANNUAL GENESEE RIVER BASIN SUMMIT

River Access and Recreational Opportunities

June 15th, 2017  - 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM - RIT Campus

Summit Presentations are now online:

folder Download 2017 Genesee River Basin Summit Presentations

New: Download the Summit Report

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Genesee RiverWatch held its 4th Annual Genesee River Basin Summit on June 15, 2017.  The topic was "River Access and Recreational Opportunities."  The purpose of this year's Summit was to review the current state of river access and recreational use, understand the benefits associated with increasing these opportunities and plan for how we can move forward to benefit our citizens and the local economy.  Nearly 90 people attended with presentations from government entities, non-profits and small businesses. A report of the Summit including proposed future actions will be published soon.  Read more about the Summit in this area publication:

http://www.chronicle-express.com/news/20170618/genesee-river-topic-of-summit-at-rit

Purpose:

The Summit is relevant to anyone interested in the recreational appeal of the Genesee. This includes direct users such as boaters, fishermen, hikers, bikers, and birders. It will also be useful to those interested in improving the economic and social appeal of our river assets such as business owners, government officials, farmers, elected representatives, economic development professionals, engineers, educators, media, and conservation groups.

Expert speakers will provide a comprehensive summary of the Genesee Basin’s existing river access and recreational opportunities. Economic development and government officials will describe the importance of these resources to economic opportunities and quality of life along the entire river from Pennsylvania to the Rochester Harbor. Attendees will hear examples of work being done on other rivers and plans in the works along the Genesee. Finally, in keeping with past Summits, participants will be asked to contribute their opinions and suggestions for future work.

This event is part of the Genesee RiverWatch initiative whose mission is “To champion solutions that improve the water quality of the Genesee and initiatives that connect people to the River.”

The inaugural Genesee River Basin Summit in 2014 launched the Genesee RiverWatch initiative and focused on gathering ideas for priority projects in critical portions of the Genesee watershed. The 2015 Summit sought stakeholder input in the design of an annual “Genesee River Basin Report Card”, scheduled for release in 2017. Last year’s Summit focused on “Streambank Erosion, Soil Loss & Sediment” with strategies to preserve valuable farmland and reduce levels of sediment and harmful nutrients in our waters.

Notice of Workshop: March 28th 8:30-11:30am

Streambank Restoration in the Middle Genesee River Basin

Genesee RiverWatch is hosting a workshop on March 28, 2018 in the Visitors Center at the Mt. Morris Dam.
The topic is "Streambank Restoration in the Middle Genesee River Basin”.

This event is open to the public. Please join the conversation!

Streambank restoration reduces sediment and phosphorus loads to the Genesee River by reducing erosion and run-off.

The purpose of the workshop is to:

·    Provide an overview of Genesee RiverWatch's work on a basin-wide restoration plan to restore streambanks.

·    Review the Genesee RiverWatch study that identified the magnitude of restoration needed in the Middle Basin.

·    Solicit feedback and input on options to identify areas in need of restoration.

·    Discuss technical options to stabilize streambanks

Workshop Details

Topic: Streambank Restoration in the

Middle Genesee River Basin

Date: March 28th, 2018

Time: 8:30am-11:30am

Place: Mt. Morris Dam Visitors Center

Address: 6103 Visitor Center Road, Mt. Morris, NY

This event is open to the public and is free.

Please  register here

 

Thank you to our 2018 Supporters!

 

Braddock Bay currently is undergoing a major habitat restoration project that is expected to be complete in 2017. One of the issues raised in the evaluation of restoration options was how would the on-going release of phosphorus into the Bay from the five sub-watersheds that drain into it affect the water quality in the Bay once the restoration work is complete. An evaluation of the sources of phosphorus into the Bay had not been done. The Monroe County Department of Environmental Services (DES) has quantified the relative contribution of most of the watersheds within the County to overall phosphorus loads except those that drain into Braddock Bay. Based upon that information DES recommended that a study be conducted to determine distribution of pollutant loads which would become the basis for determining further management actions.

The relative contribution of a variety of sources that discharge phosphorus into the five sub-watersheds that drain into Braddock Bay was estimated using MapShed modeling software. The Salmon Creek and Brockport-Otis Creek HUC12* watershed accounted for most of the phosphorus loads to the Bay. Streambank erosion, septic system failures, hay/pasture management, and farm animal management were identified as the major contributors to those loads. Recommendations were made for further study.

  pdf  Download a copy of our final report (1.94 MB)

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Call for Volunteers

Planting Trees and Shrubs along Genesee River Town of Caneadea, Allegany County

 

WHEN:    SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

WHERE: NY State Route 19, approx. 1 mile north of the intersection of Hughes St. & North Main St. (Rt. 19) in Belfast. Download a location Map

WHAT: In 2017, the landowner, the Allegany County Soil & Water Conservation District, and Genesee RiverWatch undertook a project to stabilize 900 ft. of eroding riverbank on the Genesee River. We need the assistance of at least 60 volunteers to help us plant more than 1,000 trees and shrubs to further protect the riverbank and to provide a buffer area between the river and the nearby agricultural field. The native shrubs we will plant have been selected because they are fruit-bearing and will provide food for wildlife. The plants have been provided by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Saratoga Tree Nursery’s Trees for Tribs (TFT) Program.

WHO TO CONTACT: Peter Lent (Genesee RiverWatch).If you would like to help, please send an e-mail to Peter Lent. We will need to know: (1) your e-mail and phone number; (2) whether you will be able to help, most of day, or only in morning, or only in afternoon; (3) how many folks might be coming with you; and (4) if you have any questions. We will develop an e-mail/phone list for the project. The list will allow us to send out updates on the project to volunteers both before and after the planting event. An example is that we will be looking for locations where we can have folks park their cars and where we can shuttle them back and forth to the planting site, which has limited areas for parking. We will be sending additional information on this to the volunteer list.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Volunteers will need no prior experience. We will provide instruction on planting techniques, and placement of protective tree tubes and the stakes to secure them. Volunteers can bring shovels, spades, pick axes or mattock (pick on one side & blade on other) to break up the ground; hammers to pound in stakes; and 5- gallon pails with handles to water plants. Please label your tools for easy identification. Conditions may be muddy so volunteers should wear boots, bring work gloves, water and a lunch. Also bring insect repellent (for black flies) and sunscreen.

We look forward to your assistance with this worthy project. With your help we will be able to accomplish this task, while enjoying the nearby views of the Genesee River.

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