Events

March 13, 2018: 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Public Open House for the I-787/Hudson Waterfront Corridor Study
The Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC), the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), and the City of Albany will hold a public open house to present the findings of the I-787/Hudson Waterfront Corridor Study. The study area is primarily along I-787 in the Cities of Albany and Watervliet, the Village of Menands, and the Town of Colonie from Exit 2 (Port of Albany) to Exit 9 (NY Route 7). Attendees will learn about the progressed and potential strategies and be provided an opportunity to offer comments on the draft report. Location: Albany Public Library Auditorium, 161 Washington Avenue in Albany, NY. Following the open house, a public comment period will open on the draft report which will be made available on the project website at www.787waterfrontstudy.blogspot.com. A study summary is currently available for review at http://787waterfrontstudy.blogspot.com/2018/03/study-summary-available-for-review.html. All comments are due to CDTC by Friday, April 13 at 5 pm.

March 14, 2018: 9:30 am – 12 pm
Green Infrastructure in Kingston: Lessons from Practice
This workshop will discuss lessons learned from several types of green infrastructure installations in Kingston. The Tannery Brook exhibit will also be available to view from 12-1 pm. Presentations include: Emily Vail, Cornell University, Uptown Municipal Parking Lots: Runoff Reduction and Performance; Amanda LaValle, Ulster County Department of Environment, Ulster County Projects in Kingston; and Mayor Steve Noble, City of Kingston, Green Infrastructure Background and Next Steps.
To register for the workshop, please contact Emily Vail at emily.vail@dec.ny.gov. Location: The Lace Mill, East Gallery, 165 Cornell Street, Kingston, NY. Please note that the Lace Mill parking lot is for residents only. Parking is available on Progress Street and Manor Avenue. See agenda for details.

March 15, 2018: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Climate Change and Hope in Ulster County
Special presentation by Tim Guinee for elected and appointed county and municipal officials, staff, and members of Climate Smart Committees throughout Ulster County and beyond. This not-to-be missed event will focus on the very latest climate change science, the impacts in the Hudson Valley and the many reasons to be hopeful in facing this crisis. A panel of experts will follow for questions and answers and discussion. Free and open to the public. At the Ulster County Legislative Chambers, 6th floor of the Ulster County Office Building, 244 Fair St., Kingston, NY 12401. If you are planning to attend please click here to pre-register now to expedite sign in at the event: www.surveymonkey.com/r/D2TBT9F

March 17, 2018: 9 am - 11 am
Join the Yonkers Land Conservancy for the Rumsey Road Clean-Up and Vine Cutting
318-320 Rumsey Rd. Yonkers, NY 10705, near the entrance to Tibbetts Brook Park via Rumsey Rd.

March 21, 2018: 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Center for Watershed Protection Webinar: Stream and BMP Monitoring
In today's regulatory environment it is no longer enough just to install stormwater practices and hope they are doing a good job. Now we need to monitor practices to assess their effectiveness and evaluate their pollutant removal efficiencies. Specific numeric goals in TMDL's and other regulations mean that documenting real-world performance has taken on an important role in the daily functions of the stormwater and watershed professional. In this webcast we will look how some communities have responded to the increased need to document BMP performance and present case studies of monitoring design and results. Click here to register now! To see all the webcasts in the 2018 series, click here.

March 23, 2018
10th Mohawk Watershed Symposium
College Park Hall, Union College, Schenectady New York
Please see this link for details and registration.

March 24, 2018: 10 am to 12 pm
Vine-cutting to combat invasive vines in Hastings
Volunteer with the Hastings Vine Squad. For more details, contact Haven Colgate at
haven.colgate@gmail.com

March 27, 2018: 8 am registration; program 8:30 am - 4 pm
Solar Smart Hudson Valley: Building Clean Energy while preserving important lands
Scenic Hudson and NYSERDA are hosting a symposium on building clean energy while preserving important lands in the Hudson Valley. Interested stakeholders including municipal officials, community leaders, landowners, developers, and private sector professionals are invited to participate in an interactive discussion with experts in renewable energy policy, planning and development on the role our region has to play in meeting New York State's ambitious carbon emissions-reduction goals. Lunch provided. Certificates of attendance provided to Planning and Zoning Board members; AICP credit pending. Detailed agenda and registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/solar-smart-hudson-valley-tickets-42545887896 Location: Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center,4079 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park, NY 12538.

March 28: 6:30 pm
Community Advocates for Sustainable Energy (CASE) is sponsoring a public forum on the many exciting solar energy options now available in the Capital Region
This event is free and open to the public with light refreshments available. There will be a Power Point presentation detailing the varied solar opportunities for both NYSEG or National Grid residential, business and organizational customers. William Reinhardt, Albany County legislator and founder of Solarize Albany will moderate this event. Contact Becky Meier at: beckyjmeier@gmail.com or call: 518-781-4686 with any questions or concerns. Location: First United Methodist Church at 1 Gilligan Rd. East Greenbush, NY.

March 29, 2018: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Will Wading in This Stream Make Me Sick?
Rensselaer Land Trust announces a free meeting intended to provide residents and other stakeholders an opportunity to learn about certain bacteria and pharmaceuticals found in water samples taken from 18 stream sites in Rensselaer County. Anyone interested in the human impacts on the quality of our water resources may attend. Spokespersons from United States Geological Survey, one of the partnering organizations for this project, will be on hand to answer questions. To register, send e-mail to riverhaggie@peoplepc.com. Location: East Greenbush Community Library, The Friends Community Room, 10 Community Way, East Greenbush, NY.

April 8, 2018: 1:15 pm
The Friends of the Great Swamp (FrOGS) present "The Natural History of the New England Cottontail," a presentation by Dr. Amanda Cheeseman
Learn from expert Dr. Amanda Cheeseman about our native rabbit, once plentiful but now listed as a threatened by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the efforts to try to save it. Location: Gardiner Theater, Trinity Pawling School, 700 Route 22, Pawling, NY 12564. See flyer for details.

April 8: 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Nature Across Boundaries: Engaging Partners & Stakeholders
Mohonk Consultations’ Spring Forum will build on the theme of its November 2017 conference, Nature Across Boundaries: Keeping Lands and Waters Connected. To reach successful conservation outcomes–especially when planning across boundaries–it is essential to form strong partnerships and have clear communication with peer organizations, municipalities, landowners, and other stakeholders. Join us to learn from connectivity case studies from the Hudson Highlands and Rensselaer Plateau, and explore different approaches to effectively engage stakeholders. With sponsorship from the NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program. For more information, contact mohonkconsultations@hvi.net or visit https://mohonk-consultations.org/2018-spring-forum/. $25 registration cost includes tea/coffee and snacks. Location: Mohonk Mountain House Parlor, New Paltz.

April 10, 2018: 9 am - 5 pm
Center for Watershed Protection's 2018 National Conference
See website for details.

April 10, 2018: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
4th Annual Wallkill River Summit
This year we’ll have presentations on our own Boat Brigades, on our recent scientific work on Harmful Algae Blooms, news of a forthcoming Wallkill River Water Trail, a report on the state of the river by the DEC, and more! Refreshments will be served, and tabling opportunities are available. Registration is now open! https://tinyurl.com/wallkill2018. The Summit is brought to you by the Wallkill River Watershed Alliance, as well as our friends at Riverkeeper, the Benjamin Center at SUNY New Paltz, and the Hudson River Estuary Program. Location: Multipurpose Room, Student Union Building, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY.

April 12, 2018: 8 am - 9:30 am
Hudson River Watershed Alliance Speaker Series, Speaker: Steve Stanne
Please RSVP (attendance only) to Russell Urban-Mead. There is a $4 minimum food/beverage purchase. Winter Bad Weather Policy: Cancelled ONLY if New Paltz Central School District has a weather delay or cancellation. Location: Plaza Diner, New Paltz

April 29, 2018: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Will Wading in This Stream Make Me Sick?
Rensselaer Land Trust announces a free meeting intended to provide residents and other stakeholders an opportunity to learn about certain bacteria and pharmaceuticals found in water samples taken from 18 stream sites in Rensselaer County. Anyone interested in the human impacts on the quality of our water resources may attend. Spokespersons from United States Geological Survey, one of the partnering organizations for this project, will be on hand to answer questions. To register, send e-mail to riverhaggie@peoplepc.com. Location: The Sanctuary for Media Alliance, 3361 Sixth Avenue, North Troy, NY.

May 5, 2018
Riverkeeper Sweep
Get your local tributary ready for a successful sampling season by joining the 7th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep! Join Riverkeeper as volunteer Sweep Leaders and coordinate a local cleanup, restoration, or invasive species removal project for our annual day of service for the Hudson River and its tributaries. Over the last 6 years, nearly 10,000 volunteers have removed 191 tons of trash, hundreds of pounds of invasive species, and planted or maintained over 3,300 trees and native grasses. For our 7th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep, we hope you will join us to better steward our Hudson River tributaries on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Together we can make our biggest impact yet on our tributaries. If you're interested in leading a Riverkeeper Sweep project on a tributary this spring, submit the Sweep Leader Interest Form. With questions, e-mail or call Jen Benson at 914-478-4501 ext. 234 or at jbenson@riverkeeper.org.

May 8, 2018: 9 am - 5 pm
Cities on the Edge: 2018 Waterfront Conference
Click here for tickets. Location: Aboard the Hornblower Infinity, Hudson River Park Pier 40, New York, NY

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.


SAVE THE DATE:

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/.

October 23, 2018
Hudson River Watershed Alliance's Annual Watershed Conference
FDR Presidential Library, Hyde Park, NY

December 4, 2018
Hudson River Watershed Alliance's Toast to the Tribs
The Falcon, Marlboro, NY

 

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