Ongoing through March 29
Native Plants: Putnam County's Annual Seedling Sale
Spring will be here sooner than you think. With that comes sprucing up the yard and the County. Putnam County's Annual Seedling Sale is a long-time tradition to promote the planting of trees, shrubs, flowers and groundcovers. This program provides a low cost way for you to promote conservation, control stormwater and erosion, provide food and habitat for wildlife and simple beautification. Researchers from the US Forest Service have calculated that the annual cost to keep a city tree alive is $19. For every dollar spent, they say, we reap $5.82 in benefits - a pretty good investment. And yet, they say, we're not taking advantage of those benefits. Please consider beautifying Putnam County and the Hudson Valley by placing your order today. Visit to see all that is offered this year and consider making a contribution to a healthier planet by planting a tree. Deadline to order is March 29th.

March 23: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Winnakee-Dutchess Trails Roundtable Meetings
Presenting Jeff Olson, Principle, Alta Planning and Design of The Hudson River Valley Greenway Trail Gap Analysis and Brit Basinger, Landscape Architect, Chazen Companies of The Rhinebeck-Northern Dutchess Trail Study. Click here to learn more:

March 25
Water Law Conference for Activists
The program is free and open to the public. Access to clean water is one of the most important environmental and social issues facing our communities. To support activists working on water protection issues, the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter Water Committee and the Cornell Law School Environmental Law Society are sponsoring a Water Law for Activists symposium. The purpose of the symposium is to bring together lawyers and activists working on water law issues in New York to learn from and network with each other. The conference will focus on best ways to support water advocates in our efforts. Confirmed speakers include Deborah Goldberg from Earthjustice, Maya van Rossum from Delaware Riverkeeper, Richard Berkeley from the Public Utility Law Project and Richard Lippes from Lippes and Lippes in Buffalo. For more information, call 917.692.0595 or email Location: Cornell Law School in Ithaca, Room 160 Myron Taylor Hall.

March 27: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Hudson River Watershed Alliance - River at Risk Film Screening and Panel Discussion: What We Can Do To Protect Our Water
Brown's Revolution Hall, 425 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
The Hudson River Watershed Alliance in partnership with Filmmaker Jon Bowermaster present a Film Screening and Panel Discussion: What We Can Do To Protect Our Water. The film screening will feature documentary filmmaker Jon Bowermaster's River at Risk series on PCBs, anchorages and pipeline projects in the Hudson River followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Kate Meierdiercks of Siena College with leaders, advocates and activists from throughout the Capital Region, including Elizabeth Moran of Environmental Advocates of New York, Nancy Heinzen of the Stormwater Coalition of Albany County and Fran Martino of the Greater Stockport Creek Watershed Alliance. The panel "What We Can Do To Protect Our Water" will focus on everyday actions people can do to protect water resources, local and regional grassroots efforts to monitor and protect local streams, and local and state advocacy campaigns affecting our water. Please purchase tickets at Advance tickets are $10 online. If space is available, $10 tickets will be sold at the door - cash or check only. Ticket price includes one general admission. There will be a cash bar on site so that we can support our host, Brown's Brewing Company. For more information, please contact Maureen Cunningham at or visit the Hudson River Watershed Alliance website at For more information on the River at Risk film series, please visit

March 28: 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Wallkill River Summit
Registration is now open at Networking begins at 5:00 PM, located at the SUNY New Paltz Student Union Building, New Paltz.

March 29: 12 PM - 1:30 PM
Hudson River Watershed Alliance - Lower Hudson Speaker Series
Featured Speaker: Gil Hawkins of the Hudson River Fishermen's Association
This is a free event, but lunch is not included. There is a $5 minimum food or drink purchase to support our host, the Blauvelt Coach Diner. If you have questions, contact Maureen Cunningham at Location: Blauvelt Coach Diner in Blauvelt (Rockland County). Register Here

March 31 - April 14
Troy River City: Living with Water in Troy
Opening Reception: March 31: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
This exhibition explores Troy's past and possible future as a river city in the Hudson Valley, bringing together historic photographs and aerial imagery that show Troy and its river through time. In addition, new maps, models and speculative scenarios by landscape architecture faculty and students at Cornell University will offer multiple visions for how Troy might remake itself by reclaiming its riverfront and re-imagining itself as a river city. The work has been done over three years in collaboration with Chico Christopher and TAP, Inc., with support from the New York State Water Resources Institute and the Department of Environmental Conservation Hudson River Estuary Program, with support from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund. Located at: Main Gallery, The Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180. For more information visit:

April 1: 10 AM - 12 PM
Rensselaer Land Trust - Stream Team Training
Rensselaer Land Trust needs Volunteers to join Rensselaer Land Trust's Citizen Science Group to sample streams in Rensselaer County for the presence of bacteria. No need to register but please arrive on time. Questions? Call Fran Martino at 518-766-0010 or send e-mail to Information and Training Session to be held at The Sanctuary for Independent Media 3361 6th Avenue, North Troy, NY.

April 1- April 2: 12:00 PM- 4:00 PM
Trout Weekend
Two days of fishy fun at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Wildlife Education Center, 25 Boulevard, Cornwall-on-Hudson! "Meet the Trout" presentation at 1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Feeding time for Brook Trout at 1:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. Fun activities and stories plus crafts for kids. Admission: Not-yet-Members $3. Museum Members are free. For information visit or call 845.534.5506 ext. 204.

April 2: 1:00 PM
Living with Black Bears
More of us are seeing black bears in our yards or visiting our bird feeders, but getting along with them calls for some knowledge and common sense. Come learn from an expert, Connecticut Master Wildlife Conservationist and bear enthusiast Felicia Ortner. Having studied bears for over 30 years and logged over 280 educational outreach hours throughout NY and New England, Ortner hopes to help people better understand and respect, but not fear, black bears. She will address their natural history as well as awareness, safety, and conservation. Location: Trinity Pawling Gardiner Theater, Route 22, Pawling, NY.

April 5: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Erosion and Sediment Control Construction Activity Training 4-Hour Course
Under the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation's Stormwater Permit GP-0-15-002, all developers, contractors and subcontractors must identify at least one trained contractor from their company that will be responsible for implementation of the SWPPP, and have at least one trained contractor on site on a daily basis when soil disturbance activities are being performed. Also, developers must have a qualified inspector conduct regular site inspections in accordance with GP-0-15-002. To pre register, please contact Susan Lewis for Trainee Form; Email: or call 518-765-7923. 

April 8: 9 AM - 12 PM Lower Hudson Urban Waters Collaborative Community Science 2017 Season Kick-off   Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak, 35 Alexander St, Yonkers. Close to Metro-North; Parking is available. Please join Riverkeeper, the Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak, the Bronx River Alliance and the Hudson River Watershed Alliance on April 8th to kick off the 2017 Enterococcus sampling season! New samplers, this event is your opportunity to learn how to safely and effectively collect samples for analysis of Enterococcus, an indicator of fecal contamination. Experienced samplers, there's a lot on offer for you, too! The morning will feature a presentation about the science behind Enterococcus by Dr. Andy Juhl of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University; a tour of the water testing lab; what you can do with the monitoring data; successes and challenges from the region; and an introduction to source tracking. Breakfast will be served. Please RSVP by April 5th to Ryan Palmer at or 914.377.1900 x15 Note: Space is limited and preference will be given to people interested in volunteering in the Saw Mill, Bronx River, Pocantico River and Sparkill Creek watersheds. RSVP early! This event launches the Lower Hudson Urban Waters Collaborative, a partnership to join together the Saw Mill, Bronx River, Pocantico River and Sparkill Creek communities through collaborative training, sampling, and outreach events. The collaborative is funded by an EPA Urban Small Waters Grant to Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak with the Bronx River Alliance, the Hudson River Watershed Alliance and Riverkeeper. Please share this invitation widely using this link:

April 8: 10:00 AM
Training for Roe Jan Watershed Community's 2017 Sampling Program
Sampling is a great way to experience the Roe Jan, and make a contribution to the watershed. If you're interested in sampling, or if you'd just like to get on the mailing list, write to for details. For info on our 2016 sampling, please goto our web site

April 8: 10:00 AM
Opening Day of Grasshopper Grove
Come to the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Outdoor Discovery Center, on Muser Drive across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall for the opening day of Grasshopper Grove: Nature Play Areafeaturing special opening day activities. Ages 2-6. Admission: Not-yet-Members $3. Museum Members are free. For more information go to or call 845.534.5506 ext. 204.

April 12: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Source Water Workshop
Organized by the Hudson River Watershed Alliance in partnership with the NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program. Registration and other details will be available soon. Location: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County, Stony Point. We will be seeking training credits through NYS DOH for certified water operators. Registration Here

April 13
Water Cooperation and Conflict: The Local and Global Challenge
Dr. Peter Gleick will serve as Featured Keynote Speaker, hosted by Pace University. The summit will include keynote speeches and panel discussions on global, national and local water issues ranging from transboundary conflicts, to local water scarcity, to watershed management. For more details and to register, visit

April 19: 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Trash-Free Waters: 'Marine' Debris in the Hudson River Watershed
Hosted by the Hudson Valley Regional Council, the conference will provide an overview of debris that is polluting our waterways and oceans. Plastics are of particular concern because of their ubiquity, persistence and impacts on the environment and human health. Attendees will learn about the concerns, challenges and solutions to reducing trash entering the Hudson River and our oceans. The event is geared towards water resources and materials management professionals, solid waste and recycling coordinators and local officials involved in managing municipal separate storm sewer systems. Presentations will be made by USEPA and NYSDEC officials, as well as researchers and educators. Funding provided through the Clean Water Act by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. For registration click here. Location: Kaplan Hall, Orange County Community College Newburgh Campus.

Save the Date!
April 21: 7 PM
The Nile Project

The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Ave., Admission: $15.  The Nile Project transforms transboundary water conflicts by using music to ignite cross¬≠-cultural empathy and spark environmental curiosity. The ensemble, which brings together 13 musicians from the 11 Nile countries, offers a new blueprint in which citizens can organize themselves to strengthen the sustainability of their rivers. "The Nile Project is more than a band," exclaims Kenyan percussionist/vocalist and Nile Project musician Kasiva Mutua.  "The way we combine collaboration and education is revolutionary-not only here at home in the Nile River but everywhere we've been."  Introduced by Maureen Cunningham from Hudson River Watershed Alliance. For more info, or to buy advance tickets, go to:

April 22: 10 AM - 1 PM
Saw Mill River Cleanup
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Save the Date!
April 27
Hudson River on the Rise: Waterfront Planning for Communities and Nature
Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home, Hyde Park. This day-long conference will feature opportunities to learn from experts on resiliency planning for the unique natural and community resources along the Hudson Estuary. Presenters will discuss emerging issues and opportunities that will shape future waterfront planning; decision-making roles and shoreline jurisdictions; and innovative case studies. Sponsored by the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program, Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, NYSDOS Coastal Program, Scenic Hudson, New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, and Cornell University. More details at

May 10
Waterfront Conference
Please join us on for our 10th annual Waterfront Conference aboard the Hornblower Infinity. We're putting together a cadre of experts and sessions on critical topics for the future of our harbor, ranging from addressing methods that engage the public in constructive conversations about climate change to measuring mega projects to evaluating the impact of place-based education programs on the waterfront. Details below and more to come. Keeping with the theme, we'll unveil our Harbor Scorecard that will measure how strong, healthy, and open our waterways are, and where work continues across our region.
Early bird tickets are on sale through March 15 and sponsorships are available. We look forward to your participation and welcoming you aboard!

June 17-18, 2017
Clearwater Revival
The Great Hudson River Revival returns! The festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 17 & 18, 2017 along the banks of the Hudson River at Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. To purchase your Revival tickets, please visit the festival website at, or call (877) 435-9849.

Save the Date!
November 6, 2017
Nature Across Boundaries: What Can We Do to Keep Lands and Waters Connected?
Location: Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz. Local leaders, landowners, and land managers can join proactively to preserve and restore connections in nature (connectivity) by working across municipal borders and property lines. This day-long conference will explore the importance of ecological connectivity, highlight case studies from New York, and engage participants in discussing the barriers and opportunities for preserving landscape connections in the Hudson Valley. Sponsored by Mohonk Consultations in partnership with the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program. For more information, contact or visit for conference updates.

Save the Date!
November 14, 2017
Hudson River Watershed Alliance - Annual Watershed Conference
Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library & Home, Hyde Park, NY. Please contact Maureen Cunningham at for sponsorship opportunities.

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