First community meeting of the SKWC!

Saw Kill Watershed Community (SKWC)

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tom O’Dowd, Executive Administrator
Environmental and Urban Studies
Bard College


The Saw Kill Watershed Community, a local volunteer organization formed to unite members of Milan, Rhinebeck, Red Hook, and Annandale-on-Hudson who are interested in the protection and management of the Saw Kill and its watershed, will hold its first community information meeting on Monday, February 1, at 7 p.m. at Red Hook Village Hall. The meeting will introduce SKWC to the public and discuss plans for volunteer activities such as stream sampling, stream walks, watershed assessment, and road salt studies.

At this meeting Riverkeeper, in conjunction with SKWC and the Red Hook CAC, will present plans to resume community water quality sampling on the Saw Kill. Residents of the watershed are encouraged to attend, to join the SKWC, and to volunteer time to take samples at designated locations in support of the sampling program.

Riverkeeper has conducted similar sampling programs in the Hudson River Estuary with Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and CUNY Queens since 2008 and in a growing number of tributaries in collaboration with community groups since 2012.

Riverkeeper is a member-supported watchdog organization dedicated to defending the Hudson River and its tributaries and protecting the drinking water supply of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents. For nearly 50 years Riverkeeper has been New York’s clean water advocate.

About the Saw Kill Watershed Community

The Saw Kill Watershed is largely in the Town of Red Hook, but also includes parts of Milan, Rhinebeck, and Bard College campus. Bard College has helped to catalyze the creation of the SKWC, which is made up of community members living in the watershed, members of the conservation advisory councils of the Towns of Red Hook and Milan, Bard College professors and staff, local, county and state officials, the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Hudson River Watershed Alliance (HRWA), and several nonprofits, including Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson. The development of this group and the monitoring program has been supported by the Hudson River Estuary Program and the Hudson River Foundation.

For more information, contact Tom O’Dowd at or 845-752-4852. Also see our Facebook page at and our website at


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