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Why go with the flow when you can curb rising waters and conserve water resources?

Communities: invest in flood planning, drought plans, education, water reuse and recyling. Start a flood task force, plan for extreme weather.

Government and Businesses: create new connections with diverse stakeholders.

Everyone: work together to strengthen river or coastal communities in the face of a climate change. Share water-saving tips for home and garden, too. Every drop of info helps!

 
 

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Bottle Water A Brief History

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Sunday, 30 November 2014 00:00

Bottle Water A Brief History

 

San Francisco Baned bottled water and led the way to the end of one of the biggest marketing scams ever invented.  

With a few notable exceptions (like places where fracking is allowed) water in the United States is high quality and safe to drink. We in the Hudson Valley and Capitol District are especially blessed with some of the best drinking water in the world.

Consider the largest scale marketing of the most abundant free resources on the planet!

Great marketing hinging on our wiRead more

 

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Funding for Your New Septic in the NYC Watershed

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Tuesday, 30 September 2014 00:00

Funding for Your New Septic in the NYC Watershed

From our friends at the Catskill Watershed Corp:

MARGARETVILLEN.Y. For many folks, when you flush, shower or empty the kitchen sink, your worries about wastewater are over. Out of sight, out of mind. It either goes under the backyard, or into a municipal treatment system, where it become’s somebody else’s problem. 

But in the New York City Watershed, a 1600-square-mile area of the Catskills where six big reservoirs collect precious water for nine million people in the City andRead more

   

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Hudson River Almanac: July 10 - 16, 2014

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Tuesday, 29 July 2014 20:33

Hudson River Almanac: July 10 - 16, 2014

Compiled by Tom Lake, Hudson River Estuary Program Naturalist

OVERVIEW

Following the dire reports of no monarch butterfly sightings earlier this season, it was heartening to hear of what may be a resurgence, or just a tardy arrival. The American avocet continued its journey down the river, sighted in three more locations. The Hudson Valley's immature eagles and ospreys advanced their stories as well. And those readers interested in seeing the river's fish at fiRead more

   

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Hudson River Almanac May 22 - 28, 2014

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Thursday, 05 June 2014 21:25

Hudson River Almanac May 22 - 28, 2014

May 22 - 28, 2014
Compiled by Tom Lake, Hudson River Estuary Program Naturalist

OVERVIEW

We began to settle into a late-spring sampling of entries of flora and fauna in equal measure. The occasionally severe spring weather dropped a tornado in Schenectady County while a milder natural phenomenon showered the beach in Beacon in a blizzard of white.

LATE REPORTS FROM LAST WEEK

5/20 - RamsHorn Swamp, HRM 112.5: On the fourth set of its 500-foot haul seine today, DEC's Hudson River Fisheries Unit cauRead more

   

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Hudson River Almanac May 15 - 21 2014

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Friday, 30 May 2014 16:44

Hudson River Almanac May 15 - 21 2014

Compiled by Tom Lake, Hudson River Estuary Program Naturalist

OVERVIEW

The spring spawning run of river herring (and by association, American shad) continued. Bald eagle nests (minimally two dozen) along the watershed were busy with eaglets that were feathering out and growing larger day-by day, appetites included. The impressive spring northern migration of brant, tens of thousands of birds, began this week.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK

5/17 - Orange County: Over the last two days, the Edgar A. MearnsRead more

   

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Public Invited to Comment on Scope of Environmental Assessment for Proposed Turbidity Control in Water Diverted From Ashokan Reservoir

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Wednesday, 09 April 2014 14:07

Public Invited to Comment on Scope of Environmental Assessment for Proposed Turbidity Control in Water Diverted From Ashokan Reservoir

Comments Accepted Until July 8

Residents and environmentalists in the Hudson Valley have been concerned about turbidity in various water bodies ranging from the Ashokan to the Kensico Reservoirs. The DEC is putting together a draft scope of the Environmental Impact Statement for these water bodies and they want your input.

From the DEC's office:

Comments are now being accepted on the draft scope for the Environmental Impact Statement to be prepared for methods to control turbidity in the portionRead more

   

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Hudson River Almanac March 1 - 6, 2014

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Thursday, 13 March 2014 10:11

Hudson River Almanac March 1 - 6, 2014


Compiled by Tom Lake, Hudson River Estuary Program Naturalist

OVERVIEW

Ice boating was back on the Hudson River this week as a result of our extremely cold and snowy winter, and the efforts of experienced and energetic ice boaters.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK

3/6 - Astor Point, HRM 97: In mid-afternoon we were sailing my iceboat Boreas off Astor Point where the iceboat fleet is now located. In the middle of the river we flushed a snowy owl that was sitting on the ice. It flew a few hundred fRead more

   

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Hudson River Almanac December 5 - 12, 2013

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Tuesday, 24 December 2013 08:07

Hudson River Almanac December 5 - 12, 2013

December 5 - 12, 2013
Compiled by Tom Lake, Hudson River Estuary Program Naturalist

OVERVIEW

At this time of year, bird observations dominate the Almanac. Well-insulated and active, they stand out at backyard feeders and in the larger landscape. Among bird observations this week, the snowy owl irruption into the Northeast was again the major focus. In addition to those reported from the Hudson's watershed, many reports were coming from peripheral areas such as Long Island and northern New Jersey.

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DEC Serious About Stripers: Over $600 Worth in Fish Found in Restaurant

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Monday, 04 November 2013 20:57

DEC Serious About Stripers: Over $600 Worth in Fish Found in Restaurant

Fisherman Faces Misdemeanor for Having Illegal Striped Bass

Over $600 Worth in Fish Found in Restaurant

A Babylon pizzeria owner was served misdemeanor charges Sunday after being caught by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) with 60 pounds of striped bass that he was alegedly illegally selling through his restaurant.

Captain Timothy Huss says that on October 16, State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) ECOs followed up on an anonymous tip about a vilRead more

   

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Hudson River Almanac October 8 - 14, 2013

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Saturday, 26 October 2013 10:28

Hudson River Almanac October 8 - 14, 2013

Compiled by Tom Lake, Hudson River Estuary Program Naturalist

OVERVIEW

Our eleventh annual "Day in the Life of the Hudson River," spanning the watershed, brought thousands of eager students to the estuary.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK

10/11 - Crugers, HRM 39: A beautiful gray fox ran across the road today. At first I thought it was a red fox - the animal did have quite a bit of rusty color - but the black-tipped tail gave it away as the fox sprinted off into a neighbor's yard.
     - Dianne PRead more

   

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Hudson River Almanac October 1 - 7, 2013

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Tuesday, 22 October 2013 10:31

Hudson River Almanac October 1 - 7, 2013

 Compiled by Tom Lake, Hudson River Estuary Program Naturalist

OVERVIEW

After more than a week with no measurable precipitation, brackish water (about 10% sea water) began to creep above the Hudson Highlands. Would it bring brackish water animals with it? The first of our winter feeder birds made a showing this week as well.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK

10/2 - Rhinebeck, HRM 90: I was awakened last night by continuous screeching from a tree outside my window. The racket went on for quite a while. As aRead more

   

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