Calendar of Events
Opening Student/Amateur Art Exhibit
Sunday, May 1, 2016 (12:00pm-2:00pm)
Doctorow Center for the Arts
7971 Main Street, Village of Hunter, NY
Students from schools around the mountaintop displayed their films, sculptures, photographs, and other artwork for the “Now Streaming: Life in the Schoharie Watershed” art show. Exhibit ran through the month of May.
"RiverWebs" Film Showing
Friday, May 6, 2016 (7:00pm-8:o0pm)
Mountain Top Library
6093 Main St, Tannersville, NY
"A true story about life, death, science, and streams." This documentary follows the life and work of Japanese ecologist, Dr. Shigeru Nakano. Run Time: 58 minutes.
Riverkeeper Sweep: Windham Tree Planting
Saturday, May 7, 2016 (9:00am-12:o0pm)
South Street on the Batavia Kill
448 South Street, Windham, NY 12496
The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) and the Greene County Soil & Water Conservation District (GCSWCD) organized a tree planting on Windham’s Batavia Kill (at South Street) on Saturday, May 7, 2016 for the 5th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep, a day of service for the Hudson River.
Schoharie Reservoir Bus Tour
Saturday, May 7, 2016 (9:30am-1:00pm)
Zadock Pratt Museum
14540 Main Street, Route 23, Prattsville, NY
Gerry Stoner, of the Gilboa Historical Society, led a guided bus tour of the Schoharie Reservoir. Participants learned about the history of the reservoir, the building of the Gilboa Dam, the Gilboa fossils, and more! All participants received a 50-page tour booklet as a keepsake.
Local Stewardship Lectures
Saturday, May 14, 2016 (10:30am-2:00pm)
Platte Clove Neighborhood Center
1915 Platte Clove Road, Elka Park, NY
"Our rivers on drugs" - AJ Reisinger, a freshwater ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, discussed ongoing research of how pharmaceuticals and personal care products are polluting rivers and streams - and the consequences for aquatic life and drinking water supplies. Pharmaceutical and personal care product pollution includes a variety of contaminants, from prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs to cosmetics and microbeads. These compounds enter streams and rivers from our households, and are often not removed by wastewater treatment plants. Dr. Reisinger discussed the sources and pathways of pharmaceutical and personal care product contamination, and how these contaminants impact the health of our nation’s freshwaters. He also outlined the difficulties involved with various ways of combating the problem of pharmaceutical and personal care product contamination.
"Guide to Creating a Natural Resources Inventory" - Ingrid Haeckel, from NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, spoke on how municipalities and communities can benefit from having a natural resources inventory (NRI) and why it is important to strategize for our world climate changes. Natural areas including forests, wetlands, and floodplains provide numerous benefits to communities, from wildlife habitat and clean water to flood mitigation. A natural resources inventory (NRI) provides an essential foundation for communities to proactively consider local land and water resources and guide land-use decisions. Ingrid described some of the unique biological resources of Platte Clove and discussed how communities can benefit from having an NRI to inform planning, conserve natural assets, and build climate resilience.
"Microbeads Affecting Lakes, Tributaries, and You" - Ron Urban, from NY Trout Unlimited, spoke about the issue of microbeads. For years, there have been concerns about the environmental impacts from plastics left behind in the oceans and Great Lakes. Recently, attention has turned to the Great Lakes and small plastic particles and microbeads that have been found there. Some plastic particles result from the breakdown of larger plastic items, but others are small plastic spheres known as microbeads. These tiny plastic beads are typically used as scrubbing agents or exfoliants in personal care products. They are often brightly colored and can be seen suspended in the body washes, facial scrubs, and toothpastes that contain them. As these products are used by consumers, microbeads are rinsed off and go directly down the drain with water that eventually makes its way to wastewater treatment plants. Although harmless in appearance, microbeads have the potential to cause environmental damage. Due to the small size of microbeads, they can be mistaken for certain fish eggs and ingested by fish and other aquatic organisms.
Kids' Program! After the lectures, starting at 2:00pm, there was a kids' program organized by the Platte Clove Neighborhood Center. Kids joined storyteller Jill Olesker for story time, participated in a citizen science paint & sketch with local artists, and got creative with fairy house fun!
Guided Walk & Riparian Buffer Discussion
Sunday, May 15, 2016 (9:00am-10:30am)
4939 New York Route 23, Windham, NY
Greene County Soil & Water Conservation District's Laura Weyeneth led a guided walk at the Windham Path. Participants learned about the significance of riparian buffers, native plants, and healthy aquatic ecosystems. Do you know what practices can enhance wildlife habitat, improve riparian function, and promote bank stability? This program set out to answer that question. Participants also got a chance to see a newly installed riparian buffer along the Windham Path.
"Hemlocks through History"
Saturday, May 21, 2016 (10:00am-12:00pm)
Mountain Top Arboretum
County Road 23C & Maude Adams Road, Tannersville, NY
Mike Kudish, Catskills forest historian and author, discussed the history of hemlocks and their signifiance to the Schoharie Watershed. Dan Snider, Field Projects Manager at CRISP, discussed the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), a tiny forest pest that is currently threatening hemlock populations. Participants learned how to identify HWA and what to do if they find HWA on their property. All participants received a complimentary hemlock tree seedling to take home for planting.
Arm-0f-the-Sea's "Rejuvenary River Circus" Theater Performance
Saturday, May 21, 2016 (2:00pm-3:00pm)
Red Barn across from the Doctorow Center for the Arts
7971 Main Street, Village of Hunter, NY
This CIRCUS is an allegorical tale featuring gorgeous masks and puppet characters, a bio-morphic set design and live original music. The story follows Malakai, the River messenger and water carrier who travels between Mountain Peaks and the Deep Blue Sea. Along his journeys Malakai encounters a host of creatures, including a lyrical sea turtle, a fast-talking crow, a pair of industrious beavers, beds of filter-feeding oysters, and schools of migrating fish. Each animal offers insights into their particular role in a watershed’s ecosystem services. When the old man falls ill his granddaughter Rachel must rise to the challenge and help restore her grandfather, the River, back to health. Event was held indoors in the gorgeous red barn that was generously offered by the Catskill Mountain Foundation. This performance was funded by the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC).
Past Schoharie Watershed Celebrations