About SKWC


Our monthly meetings are currently postponed, please check out our Newsletters below.

SKWC Newsletters

Issue 1: April 1st, 2020

Issue 2: April 8th, 2020

Issue 3: April 15th, 2020

Issue 4: April 22nd, 2020

Issue 5: April 29th, 2020

Issue 6: May 13th, 2020

Issue 7: May 27th 2020

Issue 8: June 11th, 2020

Issue 9: June 24th, 2020

Issue 10: September 17th, 2020

Issue 11: October 8th, 2020

Issue 11: Addendum

Issue 12: November 18th, 2020

Issue 13: December 16th, 2020

Issue 14: February 10th, 2021

Issue 15: March 24th, 2021

The Watershed

The Saw Kill drains directly into the Hudson River via South Tivoli Bay. Its watershed, covering 22 square miles, includes land in the towns of Red Hook, Milan, and Rhinebeck and the villages of Red Hook and Tivoli.

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The Saw Kill Watershed Community (SKWC) unites area residents who are interested in protecting their water by maintaining the health of the Saw Kill and its watershed— for clean drinking water, flood protection, water supply, recreation, and ecological resources.

Everyone is welcome to SKWC meetings, on the third Wednesday of each month, 7pm at the Elmendorph Inn Route 9 in Red Hook. Typically, we include informative presentations about the Saw Kill and local projects, including water quality monitoring, water contamination impacts, plants and animals, land use, and recreation. Each meeting includes a “community conversations” forum where residents can voice their questions and concerns.

Occasional changes in date or location will be reported on our Facebook page, this website, and via our email list.

Volunteer Opportunities

SKWC Water Quality Sampler

image003-copyOpen to everyone; as a member of one of our four sampling teams, you will collect water samples (from stream bank or bridges) from 3-4 sites on the Saw Kill and record the results. Sampling is done on the second Friday of the month starting at 10:30 am. From start to finish, sampling takes about 2 hours. Free training is available.

If you wish, you can also help process the samples in the Water Lab after collection. Sampling is fun and easy— and you’re contributing to the science that helps keep your drinking water safe. If you’re interested, contact:

Lindsey Drew

Community Science Lab Director