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, Tivoli, and Annandale-on-Hudson who are interested in the protection and management of the Saw Kill and its watershed, will hold its monthly community information meeting on Monday, March 7, at 7 p.m. at Red Hook Village Hall. The meeting will discuss plans for upcoming events and volunteer activities.

At this meeting, plans for the Celebrating the Saw Kill event will be discussed. The celebration will be held on April 2, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at historic Montgomery Place in Annandale-on-Hudson. Jim Brudvig, Vice President for Administration, Bard College, and Cynthia Koch, Public Historian in Residence, Bard College, will be on hand to give a brief update on the status of Montgomery Place and the celebration plans.

Laura Heady, NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program, will also be at the meeting to talk about how citizen scientists can participate in the annual amphibian migrations and road crossings project. Laurie Husted, Chair of the Red Hook CAC, and Bruce Robertson, Biology Department, Bard College will explain how volunteers (including high school students) can get involved locally.

Upcoming events for the Saw Kill Watershed Community will also be discussed, including:
• American Eel monitoring project. The first eel net of the season will go into the Saw Kill on March 28 at noon. Contact Tom O’Dowd if you’d like to get involved.
• Environmental film series screening of Watershed Revolution on April 21, from 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. at the Elmendorph Inn, followed by discussion and refreshments. The SKWC and the Red Hook Public Library are co-hosting this free event.
• Riverkeeper Sweep, May 7. The SKWC is planning a tree-planting event in conjunction with Bard College, Hudson River Estuary Program, Riverkeeper, and Scenic Hudson as part of this annual day of service for the Hudson River.

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, Tivoli, and the 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, 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, the Hudson River Foundation, and Bard College.

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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