June 6, 2018: 9:30 am (networking), 10:00 am (start)
Hudson River Valley Greenway - Joint Board Meeting
Location: Henry A. Wallace Center, 4097 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY, 12538
The Boards of the Hudson River Valley Greenway Communities Council and Greenway Conservancy for the Hudson River Valley will hold a joint Board Meeting on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Library and Museum in Hyde Park, NY. The meeting will feature Greenway business and grant awards for the Hudson River Valley Greenway Communities Grant Program. We will also hear from Kytt MacManus, GIS Programmer, CIESIN, Earth Institute at Columbia University, who will present on their work on flood modeling and impact analysis to Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge for communities on the banks of the Hudson River. The meeting is open to all those interested and will adjourn at 12:00 PM. For more information please contact the Greenway at 518-473-3835.

June 7, 2018: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tibbetts Brook Exploration by NYC H2O
Join urban explorer Steve Duncan to trace the original path of this once aboveground brook. Register here.

June 9, 2018: 9:00 am
Hike the Taconic Crest Trail
Rensselaer Plateau Alliance/Rensselaer Land Trust co-sponsored. Hike a segment of the Taconic Crest Trail from Robinson Hollow in Stephentown to Mattison Hollow in Cherry Plain. Distance is about 7 miles. Email Michael Jensen JensenMK@gmail.com for meeting instructions, etc.

June 9, 2018: 10:00 am
National Outdoors Day at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Five Rivers will host DEC's second annual Outdoors Day with a celebration of family-friendly activities and presentations. The 445-acre site has long been a destination for area families who enjoy exploring the 10 miles of walking trails through forests, meadows and wetlands. Five Rivers staff and volunteers have planned outdoor activities for visitors to try first-hand, such as hiking, bird watching, fishing and pitching a tent. Five Rivers' Outdoors Day will emphasize connecting to nature through hands-on experiences. We encourage anyone interested to spend the day enjoying the outdoors and trying a new skill. Located in Delmar, NY.

June 9, 2018: 10:00 am - 12 noon
March for the Ocean
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater will host a Clean Water Forum to present a current a State of the Hudson report in cooperation with Riverkeeper, Scenic Hudson, the Hudson River Watershed Alliance, and others at the dock at Cold Spring. This local event will occur during the March For the Ocean (M4O), a nation-wide movement organized by Blue Frontier Campaign to demand water protection. As an arm of the sea, the Hudson River Estuary environmental conditions are directly connected with the global oceans. We will explore current challenges and successes of water protection while delivering our 'Cargo of Concern'. mannajo@clearwater.org or maija@clearwater.org 845-265-8080 x 7113.

June 10, 2018: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
John Lipscomb of Riverkeeper to Receive Distinguished Achievement Award
Mohonk Consultations takes great pleasure in recognizing and celebrating the region's unsung heroes and we're especially looking forward to giving the 2018 Distinguished Achievement Award to John Lipscomb, Patrol Boat Captain and Vice President for Advocacy at Riverkeeper. For the last 17 years, John has patrolled the Hudson River for Riverkeeper aboard the "R. Ian Fletcher," a 36-foot Chesapeake Bay style wooden vessel. From April into December each year, Lipscomb travels between 4,000 and 5,000 nautical miles between New York Harbor and Troy, searching out and deterring polluters, monitoring tributaries and waterfront facilities, and conducting a sampling program to measure water pollution. Join us to celebrate his dedication and contribution to the Hudson River. Location: Mohonk Mountain House Parlor, New Paltz. Event updates will be posted at https://mohonk-consultations.org/.

June 12, 2018: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Introduction to ECHO - How Do I Search For ... ??
Join U.S. EPA for its next Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) for this webinar which will provide an overview of the data in ECHO and guide users through using the site to answer environmental enforcement and compliance questions. Based on feedback from previous webinar attendees, the focus of this session will be a collection of short, step-by-step demonstrations geared toward both new and experienced users. Register at https://echo.epa.gov/help/training#upcoming to save your spot.

June 14, 2018: 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Hudson River Watershed Alliance - Mid-Hudson Speaker Series "The Omelet"
Speaker: Jeff Noel, The Weather Company, Discussion Topic: Weather Influences
As always, we look forward to seeing familiar faces and new attendees. Please RSVP (attendance only) to Russell Urban-Mead, rum@chazencompanies.com. There is a $4 minimum food/beverage purchase. Location: Plaza Diner (near Tops grocery store), New Paltz.

June 14, 2018: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Minetta Brook Walking Tour by NYC H2O
Join urban explorer Steve Duncan as he shows us the Minetta's 1.5-mile buried path and explains the waterway functioning both today & in the past. Register here.

June 14, 2018: 7:00 pm
Charcoal Burning on the Rensselaer Plateau
Part of Rensselaer Plateau Alliance’s Thursday Lecture Series
With Loren Dobert and Frank Kehn. This presentation will be a DVD of the entire process of charcoal burning featuring Loren Dobert of Taborton followed by questions. Many years ago the making of charcoal was a major industry in the mountain districts of the towns of Sand Lake, Poestenkill, Taborton and Stephentown. The making of charcoal in Rensselaer County began prior to the Civil War, and had its best days during and after the conflict. However, the process dates back over 5,500 years. Donation $5.

June 16-17, 2018
The Clearwater Festival
Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival (The Clearwater Festival), celebrates its 40th Anniversary on June 16 & 17, along the banks of the Hudson River at beautiful Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson! Prior to 1978, the festival was a one-day event known as the Hudson Valley Folk Picnic. The Early Bird ticketing period ends on March 23 so make sure to get your tickets now and save money! To purchase your Revival tickets now, please visit the festival website at ClearwaterFestival.org, or call 888.718.4253 opt.1.

June 16, 2018: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hoosic River Fourth Annual Invasive Species Control/Water Chestnut Pull
Rain or Shine, partial day commitments are welcome. Location: Johnsonville, NY
Join us in our ongoing effort to keep the boat launch above the dam navigable. Learn about invasive species first hand! It is dirty and tiring work, but the path has been getting a bit easier every year. Both boat based and land crew needed. Register in advance to receive free lunch with Kristina Younger at kristinayoungerrlt@gmail.com. Directions: Boat Launch on Hoosic River just above the Johnsonville Dam – on River Road. Those bringing boats should come to the Boat Launch to unload/load, but then may need to move their cars to the Johnsonville Fire station for overflow parking, depending on turnout. Food and bathrooms will be available at the Fire House about a quarter nil from the launch all day. Description: Hand pull, collect, and prepare for disposal the invasive water chestnut plant that is choking the boat launch. There will be three crews working in tandem – boats, waders/shallows, and shore. Each crew requires different equipment and skills. A limited number of waders will be available for the use of the shallow water crew – those who have their own should bring them. Shoes with good soles required. All should wear weather appropriate clothing and expect to get wet and dirty. More info/ Contact/Register: Kristina Younger, kristinayoungerRLT@gmail.com (preferred) or 518-527-6577.

June 16, 2018: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Watershed Hike: Explore the Port Jervis Watershed
Come explore the Port Jervis Watershed Park on this guided hike with the Outdoor Club of Port
Jervis and Orange County Land Trust. Hike participants will enjoy a showcase of exciting trails and exceptional views throughout this 5 mile/2.5 hour round trip hike. Moderate terrain. Please bring water. Wearing long pants and closed-toe sneakers or boots are recommended. No cost. Pre-registration is required: E-mail: Jeremy@OCLT.org or call 845-534-3690, x18 to pre-register. This event is held in conjunction with the Delaware River Watershed Initiative. For more information, visit www.4States1Source.org

June 23, 2018: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Siegel-Kline Kill BioBlitz
Join us for a BioBlitz at the Siegel-Kline Kill Conservation Area! Survey the location for birds, trees, butterflies, fish, amphibians and more with guided hikes. Experts will be available to help identify species. Wear comfortable outdoor clothing. Equipment such as hand lenses, nets and waders will be provided. Register at https://clctrust.org/event/siegel-kline-kill-bioblitz/ . For more information call John Horton with Columbia Land Conservancy at 518-392-5252. Siegel-Kline Kill Conservation Area: 1452 County Route 21, Ghent, NY 12075.

June 23, 2018: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Paddle the Neversink Reservoir by NYC H2O
Paddle on the pristine Neversink Reservoir. Transportation, Kayaks & Canoes available. Register here.

June 24, 2018: Art Workshop: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Opening Reception: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sticks, Stones & Mud: an Art Exhibition of Children's Friendship with Nature
A collection of artwork from nature discovery in the lower Hudson Valley by the students and teaching artists of Strawtown Studio. Location: The Art Gallery at Rockefeller Park Preserve, 125 Phelps Way, Pleasantville, NY, 10570, (Next to the park office). Free and open to all ages. Rockefeller Gallery is fully accessible to all. Parking: $6 fee from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Free parking with current NYS Empire Park Pass and NYS resident senior citizens, age 62 or older Monday – Friday, except holidays.

June 25, 2018: 6:30 pm
Which Way Will the Wind Blow?
Location: First United Methodist Church, 1 Gilligan Road, East Greenbush
Please attend a public forum about fracked gas, health problems and environmental racism from the proposed Sheridan Hollow power plant. Featured speakers include Merton Simpson, Albany County Legislator of Sheridan Hollow and Co-Chair of the Sheridan Hollow Alliance for Renewable Energy (SHARE) who will talk about the proposed project and SHARE’s work to build renewable energy alternatives for the region; and Dr. David Carpenter, Director of the Institute for Health & Environment at the University of Albany. Dr. Carpenter has done extensive research on the health effects of fracking. Governor Cuomo has proposed to build a new fracked gas power plant in downtown Albany, blocks from the Capitol and directly across the river from Rensselaer, in Sheridan Hollow/Arbor Hill. This is a densely populated, poor, ethnic neighborhood that is still living with the toxic legacy of the ANSWERS garbage incinerator plant that closed in the 1990s. Governor Cuomo banned fracking in New York State due to the health hazards of fracked gas This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline (SNYFGP), and is co-sponsored by Sheridan Hollow Alliance for Renewable Energy (SNARE), NY Climate Advocacy Project and Community Advocates for Sustainable Energy (CASE). Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline is a grassroots organization made up of hundreds of residents in Rensselaer and Columbia Counties formed to fight the proposed NED pipeline and which continues to work for a fossil fuel free future. Visit their website at: www.stopnypipeline.org

June 26, 2018: 2:00 pm
Webinar: Outdoor Water Use and Green Infrastructure
Hosted by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense® program and the Alliance for Water Efficiency. Stacey Erikson, urban watershed revitalization coordinator for EPA Region 8, will discuss improving approaches to stormwater management by using low impact development and green infrastructure. Topics covered will include viewing stormwater as a resource, managing stormwater onsite, reducing pollutant loads, and supporting multi-functional infrastructure. This webinar is open to the public. Please register here. If you have any questions about these webinars, please contact the WaterSense Helpline at (866) WTR-SENS (987-7367) or watersense@epa.gov

Town of Bethlehem Kayak Tours of Vlomankill and Hudson River:
June 9, 2018: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
June 14, 2018: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
June 23, 2018: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
July 13, 2018: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Dates subject to change due to weather, etc. Check town website for updates. Please register at least one week prior to the paddle date by emailing kshaw@townofbethlehem.org. Include your name, phone number, and confirmation that you have your own kayak, paddle, and personal floatation device. Registration is limited. You will receive a confirmation email to serve as your registration. Confirmed participants should meet at the Henry Hudson Park Kayak Launch (located at the south end of the park) in time to have your boat in the water for a prompt paddle start time. Participants MUST bring their own kayaks and gear, including personal flotation device, and be proficient paddlers, paddling at their own risk. Kayak leaders will provide the ecological info, but are not boating instructors. Kayaks, paddles and PFDs can be rented online through www.upstatekayakrentals.com (not affiliated with the town). This event is free and open to the public! Call Karen Shaw, at 518-439-4955 x 1106, or email kshaw@townofbethlehem.org, with any questions.

Schodack and Stockport Canoe Trips with the River Haggie, Fran Martino:
June 24, 2018: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Schodack Creek
June 26, 2018: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Stockport Creek
July 21, 2018: 10:00 am - 12:00 Noon at Stockport Creek
August 5, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm at Stockport Creek
Paddle with Fran Martino, “The River Haggie," Education & Outreach Coordinator for the Stockport Creek Watershed Alliance and James Herrington, Educator from DEC Hudson River Research Reserve
An ideal trip for Novices offered free of charge. To register, contact Fran at (518) 766-0010 or by e--mail to fran@stockportwatershed.org. Maximum of 2 children under age 16 per adult; Minimum age is 6 years old. All gear provided; For safety reasons, we can't allow other boats. Prepare to be in knee-deep water; wear old sneakers or water shoes; flip-flops come off! Personal Flotation Device (PFD) must be worn at all times.

Rockland County Trail Hikes:
July 21, 2018: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Kennedy Dells
August 25, 2018: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Demarest Kill and Dutch Garden
September 15, 2018: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Samuel G. Fisher Mt. Ivy Environmental Park
Join experienced Rockland County Trail Guides on free guided walks. They offer visitors varied terrain, great scenery, interesting discussion points, and different levels of walking. Pre-registration for all walks is suggested (for some walks pre-registration is required). For more information or to register, call (845) 364 -2932 or e-mail rcsc@co.rockland.ny.us. Check http://bit.ly/2dSBvpx for more information, directions, and any changes to the schedule. Walks are held throughout the year - stay tuned by checking out the website periodically for updates.

Throughout the Month of July: Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Hiking trails and visitor center
Each hiking trail, located at the Outdoor Discovery Center, on Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall, is an adventure, with options that range from stroller friendly up to challenging. Stop by the nature gift shop for a collection of unique, nature themed items available for purchase. For more information visit hhnm.org or call 845-534-5506, ext. 204.

July 1 – July 29, 2018: 10:00 am - 11:00 am (5 week series on Sundays)
Sunday Morning Yoga and Meditation on Beautiful Crystal Lake with Christine Orio*
Begin your week in communion with nature. Join us on beautiful Crystal Lake for yoga and meditation. This simple class will explore yoga postures and fluid movement to expand the body, as well as meditation and breath work to balance the mind. All are welcome, no previous yoga experience necessary. Please bring a yoga mat, yoga block and/or strap (optional) and wear loose comfortable clothing. Feel free to contact the instructor with any questions or concerns. Class size limited to 10 participants. *100% of your tuition goes to support the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance/Rensselaer Land Trust. Instructor: Christine Orio, baconlovinyogi@gmail.com, 518-794-7371. Tuition: $65 with preregistration Drop in rate: $15/class.


Save the Date:

October 23, 2018
Hudson River Watershed Alliance's Annual Watershed Conference
FDR Presidential Library, Hyde Park, NY
Sponsorships and exhibitor tables available. Contact mcunningham@hudsonwatershed.org for details.

December 4, 2018
Hudson River Watershed Alliance's Toast to the Tribs
The Falcon, Marlboro, NY
Sponsorships available. Contact mcunningham@hudsonwatershed.org for details.


Call for Presentations:

October 17, 2018
Southeast New York Stormwater Conference - Call for Presentations
Dutchess Manor, Beacon, NY
The conference provides an opportunity for municipal officials and staff as well as stormwater professionals to learn about stormwater management and related subjects from experts working in southeast NY and beyond. The Lower Hudson Coalition of Conservation Districts is currently accepting proposals for presentations. Contact LHCCD Coordinator Michael Jastremski at mj.lhccd@gmail.com for more information or see the website at www.lhccd.net

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