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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

 

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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.

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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Observations Will Help Shape Future Fisheries Management Actions

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) welcomes angler observations as DEC begins its angler diary program on the Genesee River in Allegany and Wyoming counties. The diarist program aims to record dates for trout and bass fishing trips on the Genesee River from the Pennsylvania line downstream through Letchworth State Park from March 1st through October 31, 2017.

"Angler participation in this program is greatly appreciated and will help us to evaluate the Genesee River's fishery quality," said Regional Fisheries Manager Mike Clancy. "This is a great opportunity for anglers to contribute observations and help shape future fishery management actions."

Those who fish the Genesee River (even once) and are able to contribute observations by keeping a fishing diary for DEC can contact the Region 9 Fisheries Office at (716) 372-6372 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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THANK YOU to those who joined us at our first Aquatic Educator Meeting
and thank you to our Sponsors!

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Please keep tabs on our website... there's more to come!

Recent event:

We invite you to participate in the first Aquatic Educator Meeting

When?  Wednesday, November 1st at 4PM

(Collaboration Happy Hour to follow)

Where? Riverside Room, Port of Rochester

1000 N. River St. Rochester NY, 14617

What are the goals of the Aquatic Education Network?

To build a network of aquatic educators, teachers, administrators, and community groups that will work as partners to increase stewardship of our regional aquatic ecosystems through formal and informal education.

Who is an Aquatic Educator?  

Any individual, group or organization who provides formal or informal education and outreach to K-12 school groups, college students, camps, community organizations, service learning teams, families, or individuals about stewardship of our aquatic resources, including pollution prevention, water quality, ecology, biodiversity, and sustainability.

How can you expect to benefit from this meeting?

Expect to hear about all the exciting aquatic education activities happening in the area and connect with like-minded colleagues. Be inspired by new ideas and collaborations and help steer the development of the Aquatic Education Network and the 2018 Genesee River Summit.

What will this meeting include?

  • Introduction of the Genesee River Institute and the Aquatic Education Network
  • Brief Lightning Style presentations by each organization to share what they do
  • Discussion of collaborations, strategies to increase utilization of existing programs, and implementation of the network
  • Initial planning for the 2018 Genesee River Summit with its aquatic education & outreach focus

Click this link to register by 10/15

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*Funding provided by the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute through a grant from the Environmental Protection Fund as administered by the New York State Department of Conservation.  Any opinions, findings and/or interpretation of data contained herein are the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the opinions, interpretations or policy of Rochester Institute of Technology and its NYS Pollution Prevention Institute or the State.

We hope you can make it, but if not we hope to connect with you in the future especially at our Aquatic Educator Summit in Spring 2018!

We look forward to seeing you on November 1st,

Michael Boller

Christy Tyler

George Thomas

Bill Hallahan

Chris Widmaier

Deb Ortenzi

Kaeti Stoss

Kristin Traywick

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