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3rd Annual Genesee River Basin SUMMIT

Streambank Erosion, Soil Loss & Sediment

May 25, 2016

8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

RIT Campus


Erosion of streambanks in the Genesee Basin is a major ecological and economic problem for our region.  In an average year, over 450,000 tons of soil flow down the river to Rochester, causing:

  • Loss of valuable farmland
  • Costly dredging to keep Mt. Morris Dam operational and Rochester Harbor open
  • Sediment levels that reduce fish populations and make our rivers unappealing for recreation and tourism
  • High nutrient levels that lead to harmful algal blooms and beach closings

For its 3rd Annual Genesee River Basin Summit, Genesee Riverwatch presents an in-depth discussion of the issues associated with the severe erosion of streambanks in the Genesee Basin. Join us on Wednesday, May 25th, for a series of presentations by state, regional and local experts. Participate in the subsequent discussions as we work to develop a strategy for dealing with these problems.

 Who should attend?

  • Boaters – canoe, kayak, power, sail
  • Colleges & other educational institutions
  • Engineering & environmental consulting firms
  • Farmers & other agriculture organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Legislators
  • Media representatives
  • Regional Economic
  • Development Council members
    Watershed associations
  • Business owners
  • Community & homeowner associations
  • Environmental organizations
  • Fishermen – individuals & charter operators
  • Land trust members
  • Logging firms
  • State, county & municipal officials
  • Wastewater treatment operators
  • Anyone with an interest in our river


The Summit will cover four major areas:

  1. The Problem – A review of the geology of the basin, the SUNY study that demonstrated the extent of the problem, and the prioritization of this issue with state agencies.
  2. The Impact – Impacts of erosion on farmland and other properties, economic development, the costs of erosion and soil loss, habitat, and dredging costs throughout the basin.
  3. What’s Being Done? – An overview of what has been done to date, including studies of erosion, watershed groups, water quality monitoring, riparian buffers, and specific soil loss reduction projects.
  4. What Can and Should Be Done? – Analyze the technical and economic feasibility of significantly reducing streambank erosion in the entire basin.  Attendees will be asked to contribute their ideas and experience to this discussion, helping to develop a strategic plan that can guide current and future efforts.


When & Where: Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Louise Slaughter Hall at RIT.*

Fee: Free; but donations are much appreciated!

Registration required: Registration Link

Includes: Continental breakfast and afternoon break. Please bring your lunch or use the food service facilities available on campus.

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Downlad an agenda: Summit Agenda 

* - Map and parking permit (required).

Note: A table will be made available for attendees to place small amounts of information about their organization that they would like to share with other attendees. 

The Summit is sponsored by the following organizations. Thank you!

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Participating & Invited Organizations:

  • Genesee RiverWatch – Convener
  • Dr. Joseph Makarewicz, SUNY Brockport, Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus
  • Dr. Richard Young, SUNY Geneseo, Distinguished Service Professor
  • Genesee River Basin Coalition of S&WC Districts (Invited)
  • New York Department of Agriculture & Markets
  • New York Department of Environmental Conservation (Invited)
  • New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
  • Oatka Creek Watershed Committee
  • River Street Marina
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Geological Survey

2014 Community Salute to the Environment

Sept 30th CEI's Annual Community Salute to the Environment

pdf Download a copy of the program! (24.68 MB)

The Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) is hosting its 40th Annual Community Salute to the Environment on Tuesday, September 30th 2014. Come join us to celebrate CEI's 40th Anniversary, our Environmental Award recipients and our ambitious new Genesee RiverWatch initiative.

Date: Tuesday, September 30th 2014

Time: 5:30pm to 9:00pm

Place: La Luna Italian Restaurant and Banquet Center; 60 Browns Race, Rochester, NY 14614 at High Falls

The Community Salute is CEI's main fundraiser and your support will further the work of the organization to protect the environment in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region. This event is considered the area's premier environmental networking opportunity with up to 200 individuals in attendance from government, business and industry, civic and environmental groups, professionals and concerned citizens.


• Exhibits from local environmental service and product vendors

• Networking cocktail hour

• Dinner

• Community Environmental Leadership / Excellence awards

• Featured topic is a film entitled: Restoring the Genesee River


City of Rochester and Genesee RiverWatch tour the lower Genesee River, Aug 4th 2015

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Taking advantage of a beautiful August morning, Genesee RiverWatch toured the lower Genesee river with City of Rochester Commissioner of Environmental Services Norman Jones, members of the City Environmental and Planning staffs and Tom Snyder from the Seneca Park Zoo. Steve Gibbs, President of Gibbs Marine Group, made the trip possible, volunteering both the boat and his knowledge of the river.  Rochester’s updated Local Waterfront Revitalization Program and the Harbor Management Plan outline ideas for improved access sites and facilities to serve boaters, paddlers, fishermen and walkers. The ability to review these sites from the water and generate additional ideas for river improvements and events was invaluable for the entire team.

Sites for the Zoo’s upcoming “One Cubic Foot” event were also investigated. If this makes you curious, go to and plan to join us this month in learning about the biodiversity of the river.

See our Green Drinks event listing for a celebration of One Cubic Foot on Wednesday, August 12th.

The late morning rainstorm at Turning Point Park only added to the enjoyment of a day on the river!

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