Thank you everyone who came out to our December meeting!
For those who couldn’t make it: We went over events from 2017 – our new water lab space at Bard, the Hudson Valley Regional Council Panel in September, the group watershed event at Cornell Cooperative Extension in October, and outreach events like tabling at Hardscrabble day.
Eli Dueker went over the ongoing State of the Saw Kill project. The report asks the questions: How is the watershed? Are there weak spots? What actions can we take? It looks at factors surrounding watershed quality and health, and compares it to historical data. Quality factors consider parameters such as salts/conductivity, turbidity, bacteria, temperature, nitrogen and phosphorus, dissolved oxygen, and chemistry. Watershed health looks at buffers, floodplains, small wetland and streams, land use, species of conservation concern, invasives, dams and culverts, and water use.
After two years of monitoring the Saw Kill, we have so much data! So now we can start thinking about what to do with it. This report will help us consider the watershed as a whole and identify areas we want to focus on. There’s a lot of work to be done, but with the community and the resources available to us, we are on our way to creating a meaningful impact.
We are excited for the upcoming year! We heard great feedback and ideas from community members at the meeting, and look forward to acting on those in the new year.
You can view the meeting minutes here.