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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:

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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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ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) - Students from World of Inquiry School in Rochester and Allendale Columbia in Pittsford spent Tuesday testing the water quality of the Genesee River. They tested phosphorous and sediment levels along with the presence of invasive species. After that, the students then "graded" the river's health...

See this link  for the rest of the artcle and video!

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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The Genesee River Bash was a success! The evening was filled with great entertainment from Danielle Ponder
and the Tomorrow People and Wild Wings, good food, informative exhibitors and fun for all ages. We want to
thank all who attended, our generous supporters and Elizabeth Thorndike Environmental Leadship Award Winners.
Here is a glimpse into the evening. Enjoy!

Click on thumbnails below to view Bash images:

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