The Saw Kill Watershed Community (SKWC) is made up of concerned citizens, Bard College faculty/students/staff, farmers, scientists, fishermen, representatives from non-profits, and representatives from state and local governments.
SKWC Leadership Team
Finalized in December 2017, our Leadership Team (LT) will continue to work on securing funding, planning monthly meetings, and coordinating community projects.
Karen Schneller-McDonald, LT Chair
Red Hook resident and author of “Connecting the Drops: A citizens’ guide to protecting water resources” (Cornell University Press, 2015) and the companion website: thewetnet.net. Karen is the President of Hickory Creek Consulting LLC, where she is a wetland specialist and natural resources consultant. Karen’s local and professional expertise includes watershed monitoring, protection, and education.
Sheila Buff, LT Vice-Chair
Milan resident and author of eight national bestsellers in health and medicine. Sheila is a widely experienced freelance health writer specializing in consumer-oriented medicine, nutrition, and health. As a Saw Kill Watershed resident, the coordinator of SKWC’s predecessor Stream Alliance of Northern Dutchess (SAND), and expert wordsmith, Sheila is perfect as our media outreach person.
Carolyn Klocker, LT Member
Senior Water Resource Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County and adjunct instructor at Dutchess Community College. Carolyn’s experience studying, protection, and educating about local watersheds has been extremely useful in building the SKWC. Carolyn’s experience facilitating watershed group meetings throughout the area makes her a great facilitator for our SKWC meetings.
Eli Dueker, LT Member
Professor of Environmental and Urban Studies (EUS) and Biology at Bard College. Eli is a microbiologist focused on water quality in the Hudson River watershed. Eli was the lead author on the Hudson River Estuary Program grant application to get the SKWC started, a Hudson River Foundation grant to get the monitoring program started, and internal funding at Bard for SKWC-related work.
Clara Woolner, LT Member
Environmental and Urban Studies (EUS) Co-Curriculum Coordinator at Bard College. Clara graduated from Bard College in 2016 with a degree in Biology and helps coordinate monthly water quality monitoring with the Bard Water Lab.
These are folks who have advised us in forming the SKWC, writing grants, running meetings, and starting our monitoring programs.
Ona Ferguson, Collaboration Building Institute and HRNERR
Betsy Blair, HRNERR and NYS DEC
Sarah Fernald, HRNERR
Dan Miller, Hudson River Estuary Program
Emily Vail, Hudson River Estuary Program
Emily Hauser, Hudson River Estuary Program
Maureen Cunningham, Hudson River Watershed Alliance
Jen Epstein, Riverkeeper
Dan Shapley, Riverkeeper
Laurie Husted, Red Hook CAC and Bard College Office of Sustainability
John Maddox, Vertical Lift Visuals and drone pilot
Hudson River Foundation
Students and Interns
Victoria Choy ’20, SKWC Intern
Tess Noble Strohm ’21 and Franklin Savulich ’19, Bard Water Lab Interns