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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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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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Event Sponsor & Exhibitor Opportunities

 2017 Sponsor Opportunities


Genesee RiverWatch is seeking sponsors for its two major 2017 events: the 4th Annual Genesee River Basin Summit and the Genesee River Bash, our 43rd annual celebration and fundraiser.  You decide your level of support and your organization will be recognized in both event programs and all promotional materials as shown in the table below.

Sponsor Levels

Genesee River Basin

$2,000 & Over

Main Stem






Sponsorship Benefits:
   Bash Tickets Included 6 4 2 1
   CEI Membership - Value: $25 (Individual), $100 (Business)
   Recognition in Quarterly Newsletters – Grouped by sponsorship level
   Recognition in Programs and at the Events – Grouped by sponsorship level
   Recognition on Web Site – Grouped by sponsorship level
   Recognition in Event Emails – Grouped by sponsorship level

The sooner we receive your 2017 sponsorship commitment, the sooner your name and logo will appear in Genesee RiverWatch publications and the more often they will be seen by the community of people and groups interested in the Genesee River.


Free exhibition space at both events

Exhibitors who are also sponsors will receive complementary Bash tickets as indicated in the table above.

Exhibitors who are not also sponsors are asked to buy a Bash ticket to cover the cost of their dinner.

2017 Genesee River Basin Summit:

  • 12-15 spaces
  • 1-2 tables each
  • Power available

2017 Genesee River Bash:

  • 5,400 ft2 exhibit hall
  • Tables & power available
  • Room for up to 18’ W x 10’ D x 15’ H exhibit booths

Event Sponsor & Exhibitor Opportunities


Event Descriptions

2017 Genesee River Basin Summit:

  • Summits are open to the public and focus on working with stakeholder groups to develop ideas to improve water quality and initiatives that connect people to the River. 
  • The 2017 Summit will highlight “River Access & Recreational Opportunities”, targeting groups that provide and/or make use of the Genesee’s recreational opportunities and are interested in improving public access and water quality.
  • For reference, 2016’s Summit concentrated on “Streambank Erosion, Soil Loss & Sediment”.  120 attendees from corporate, government, educational and non-profit organizations learned about the geology of the basin, the economic and water quality impacts of high sediment levels and possible solutions to these problems.  The group endorsed development of a “whole basin” erosion control strategy – a charter that is shaping Genesee RiverWatch’s work this year.

2017 Genesee River Bash

  • The Bash is open to the public and is our annual celebration of the Genesee River.  Attendees will tour the exhibits, enjoy an evening of dining and dancing and join in honoring recipients of the annual Elizabeth Thorndike Environmental Leadership Awards.
  • 2017 will introduce a number of significant changes designed to increase attendance and participant enjoyment:
    • The Bash is moved from Thursday to Saturday, while keeping it a premier event on the City of Rochester’s River Romance Weekend schedule.
    • Ticket prices will be reduced to $30 (est.) from $50, making attendance more affordable for couples and families.   (Children under 12 continue to be free.)
    • Dancing will be a featured part of the program.
    • The program is extended to 10:00 PM allowing attendees to make this a full evening of entertainment.

Sign Up Procedure & Questions

  • To become a sponsor, complete either the Downloadable or Online Form.
    Note: please view the downloadable form even if completing the online form as it contains additional information.

  • To become an exhibitor at either event, call the Genesee RiverWatch office (585-233-6086) or email George Thomas  to outline your plans and discuss how we can maximize the impact of your exhibit.
  • If you have any questions, call the Genesee RiverWatch office (585-233-6086) or email George Thomas.