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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

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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

SBS Synopsis OneStreambank erosion is a major contributor to the sediment and nutrient loading in the Upper Genesee River. Given the steep topography and soils of the area, some streambank erosion and the associated sediment and nutrient load would be expected. However, human influences on the watershed and riparian areas exacerbate this erosion. Recent monitoring and modeling studies point to streambank erosion and the presence of agricultural lands without riparian buffers as causes of increased sediment and nutrient loading in this section of the river. The modeling studies suggest that a streambank stabilization program would effectively reduce the sediment and nutrient loads of the Upper Genesee River.

Streambank restoration projects are currently being investigated and funded on an ad-hoc basis. Genesee RiverWatch feels that we need to have a prioritized plan of projects to cover the whole upper watershed but agree we should start smaller with the section of the river near Houghton, NY. This is a section that was identified in the SUNY Brockport (2013) study. In addition to the plan we expect this project will result in the definition of several shovel-ready projects that can be submitted in response to subsequent requests for proposals, including GLRI. Lessons learned here will also help us develop the larger watershed plan.

A meander analysis was developed in partnership with the Allegany County Soil and Water Conservation District to characterize the degree of streambank erosion on specific segments of the Genesee River in the Town of Caneadea, Allegany County, New York. This technique enabled the identification of river bank segments that should be considered for restoration. A project design and cost for each of the 17 segments evaluated was developed. These designs and the use of an evaluation matrix allowed for the establishment of the priority order of restoration for each segment. The evaluation of these restoration projects will be used to select which projects should be brought forward for submittal to funding agencies.

Five projects were identified as the top priority projects based upon the analysis conducted. (See the priority sites on the story map.) One of those projects (Site 2A) was designed and estimated to the level necessary for submittal to a funding agency. A detailed project proposal was developed in anticipation of submittal to several funding agencies in the next six to eight months. The landowner of that segment has been trying for years to define and implement a project to slow down his loss of valuable farmland. Try our fully-interactive "Swipe Tool"  (and User guide)

SBS Synopsis TwoThe shovel-ready project that was developed will stabilize of 900 linear feet of un-buffered agricultural field along the Genesee River in the town of Caneadea, New York. This restoration will reduce sediment and phosphorus loads to the river while adding 900 feet of new riparian zone. This project with emphasize the use of bioengineering techniques and habitat enhancement.

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Thank you all for attending and a big thank you to our sponsors! (listed below)

Download the presentations:
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Download the Restoration Proposal Summary and Update from our final session.

Download the sub-watershed map used in our discussion

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5th Annual Genesee River Basin Summit

Stewardship Through River Education

Saturday, March 24th from 8:30AM-4:30PM

Riverside Room, Port of Rochester, 1000 North River Street Rochester, NY 14612

Target Audience: K-12 Educators, Aquatic & Environmental Educators, Community Groups

Click here to Register

Agenda:

   

  • Get Familiar with the Genesee River
    • Geology, History, Pollution Prevention, and how to engage students.*
  • Learn about  the Aquatic Education Network
    • Meet regional aquatic educators and learn about resources at the Educator Expo.
  • Teacher Action Planning
    • How can you leverage the connections you created and what you’ve learned at the summit to provide inquiry-based education on the Genesee River Basin?

*This meeting can be used towards Professional Development Credit

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News from the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

DEC Encourages New Yorkers to Learn about Harmful Algal Blooms as Warm Weather Starts

DEC Releases New Brochure to Help Residents Detect, Avoid, and Report HABs

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today encouraged New Yorkers to learn about Harmful Algal Blooms, or "HABs," as DEC's 2017 HABs notification season starts on May 26, and the weather becomes warmer.

To help educate the public about HABs, also known as blue green algae, DEC released a new brochure explaining how to detect, avoid and report HABs, as well as the health risks of HABs. "Harmful algal blooms, commonly known as HABs, impact many of New York's lakes," said Commissioner Basil Seggos. "DEC is working to help New Yorkers better understand how to identify and report a bloom, as well as how to keep themselves and their families and pets safe. We're also working with localities to safeguard water supplies across the state."

Most algae are harmless, but exposure to toxins and other substances from harmful algal blooms can make people and animals sick. HABs can impact drinking water and recreation, and cause unpleasant odors.

"With warmer weather comes the need for increased vigilance in detecting harmful algal blooms that have the potential to invade our lakes and compromise their use for drinking and recreational purposes," said Health Commissioner Howard Zucker. "These new resources complement existing information designed to further educate New Yorkers about algal blooms and expand New York's aggressive efforts to safeguard public health."

HABs vary in appearance from scattered green dots in the water, to long, linear green streaks, pea soup or spilled green paint, to blue-green or white coloration. People, pets and livestock should avoid contact with water that is discolored or has algal scums on the surface. If a bloom is present, do not use the water and inform the DEC HABs Program at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Any symptoms or health concerns related to HABs should be reported to the NYS Department of Health at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

HABs have been detected in nearly 300 water bodies since 2012. To address HABs, DEC works with the NYS Department of Health, NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and other state and local partners.

While the exact cause of HABs is not fully understood, blooms occur most often in waters high in phosphorus and/or nitrogen. New York State has many programs and activities to reduce phosphorus and nitrogen from entering the water from surrounding lands, including stormwater permitting programs, funding for water quality improvement projects, and a nutrient law that restricts the use of phosphorus lawn fertilizer.

DEC has also released a new Program Guide that details how the DEC HABs Program works with partners to identify, track and report HABs throughout the state, and communicate health risks to the public.

For more information about HABs, including bloom notifications, which are updated each week during the summer and fall, visit DEC's Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) web page. The HABs brochure and program guide, which includes information and links to resources regarding bloom prevention, management, and control, can also be downloaded from the DEC website. Visit the Department of Health's HAB guidelines, "Know, Avoid, Report" (leaves DEC website) web page for more information.

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