Ulster County’s Annual Creek Week

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The 4th annual Creek Week is co-sponsored by Ulster County Environmental Management Council and Ulster County Department of the Environment.  Other collaborators for this year’s Creek Week include the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program, the Lower Esopus Watershed Partnership, and Riverkeeper.

 

THANK YOU ALL FOR MAKING the 2013 CREEK WEEK a HUGE SUCCESS!

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PAST 2013 Creek Week events

9/12

“Rivers on Drugs”

8-9:30AM – Plaza Diner, New Paltz

HRWA Mid-Hudson Watershed Breakfast Omelet Series, 2013 – 2014. Featured Speaker:  Dr. Emma Rosi-Marshall, Aquatic Ecologist, Carey Institute of Ecosystem Studies. Dr. Rosi-Marshall conducts research on factors influencing ecosystem functions in human-dominated ecosystems. Her recent research includes analysis of ecological consequences of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) in aquatic ecosystems.  Managing and anticipating PPCP impacts are likely to be dominant watershed and human health priorities in coming decades.  Dr. Rosi-Marshall will share some of her data, interpretation, and thoughts about management considerations.  Please join us for an important, sobering, and fascinating presentation. This is our first HRWA breakfast of the 2013-2014 season!  Kindly please RSVP (attendance only) to Russell Urban-Mead, rum@chazencompanies.com.  There is a $4 minimum food/beverage purchase.

Family Day at the HRMM!

11AM-8PM; Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston

New this year, Hudson River Maritime Museum hosts Family Day on the second Thursday of every month. Discount admission prices, open late ’til 8:00 pm, featuring special family-friendly activities. FMI – Phone: 845-338-0071.

 

9/13

Say No to Knotweed! ID & Control of Invasive Japanese Knotweed for Landowners in Denning

2PM – Grahamsville

This one-hour presentation will give landowners all the information they need to know to identify whether Japanese Knotweed is gaining a foothold on their streamside property. Once established, this invasive species does harm to the environment by outpacing native plants and then not providing the stable root system that knits the streambank together. It spreads by mowing or breaking off in ice floes, constantly propagating until access to the stream is blocked by its tall fronds. Come find out more about local efforts to prevent the spread, control and – if possible – eradicate this invader with Brenden Wagner, Riparian Field Technician at Sullivan County Soil & Water Conservation District and Molly Marquand, Coordinator for the Catskills Region Invasive Species Partnership. FMI to Karen Rauter at 845-985-2581 or krauter@rondoutneversink.org.

 

9/14

Hudson River Morning Kayak Tour

9AM; Kingston Point Beach

Paddle the Hudson River during one of the most spectacular times of the year. These paddles, organized by Kingston Parks and Recreation, launch from Kingston Point Beach. The trip includes instruction, equipment and guide. Trip time approximately 2 hours. FMI, call 845-481-7336 or email snoble@kingston-ny.gov. $25 for Kingston Residents, $35 for Non-Residents; Discounts Available. You can register online at www.kingstonparksandrec.org.

 

Rondout Creek Clean-Up…by Boat

10AM – 1PM; Kerhonkson

Join the Town of Rochester Environmental Conservation Commission for our Creek Cleanup on the Rondout. Meet at the Rail Trail entrance on Berme Road in Kerhonkson. Bring your canoe, water and life vest. Be prepared: to work hard, make a difference on our stream and have fun! We will have a pizza party afterwarsds to celebrate. Rain date is September 21. To sign up, like us on Facebook and sign up - https://www.facebook.com/events/562952797086229/?context=createFMI, Laua at rochesterecc@gmail.com.

Kayak Tour of the Tidal Lower Esopus

11AM; Saugerties

Riverkeeper and the Lower Esopus Watershed Partnership are hosting a kayak tour of the tidal Lower Esopus in Saugerties to share information about the natural history and environmental issues facing the creek. Tour guides include Riverkeeper’s Kate Hudson, and Lower Esopus Watershed Partnership’s Mary McNamara. The tour will include the tidal Lower Esopus creek, and lunch on the grounds of the Saugerties Lighthouse (note: the lighthouse will not be open to the public that day). The tour is suitable for those who have experience in a kayak. Participants may bring their own kayak or canoe, or rent one from I Paddle New York. Space is limited. RSVP required to Dan Shapley atdshapley@riverkeeper.org. Pack a lunch, water and sun protection. Meet at Tina Chorvas Park in Saugerties, NY.

Weekend Volunteer Restoration Workday – Black Creek Preserve

10AM – 2PM – Black Creek Preserve

Learn to identify local flora and proper techniques for removing invasive plants that wreak havoc on the valley’s fragile ecosystem. Then put your newfound knowledge to use, uprooting invasives and replacing them with a diversity of native plants. The Saturday programs take place bimonthly, April through September, from 10 a.m. –2 pm.

Wear clothes you won’t mind getting dirty, including long pants, sturdy closed-toe shoes and a hat. Also bring gloves if you have them, sunscreen, bug spray, plenty of water and a lunch. Scenic Hudson will provide tools, gloves, Technu and water for onsite washing. Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Hudson River Evening Kayak Tour

5PM; Kingston Point Beach

Paddle the Hudson River during one of the most spectacular times of the year. These paddles, organized by Kingston Parks and Recreation, launch from Kingston Point Beach. The trip includes instruction, equipment and guide. Trip time approximately 2 hours. FMI, call 845-481-7336 or email snoble@kingston-ny.gov. $25 for Kingston Residents, $35 for Non-Residents; Discounts Available. You can register online at www.kingstonparksandrec.org.

 

9/15

Youth Fishing Frenzy 

11AM; Emerson Resort / Esopus Creek in Shandaken

Join in the fun on the Esopus Creek in the Town of Shandaken This is a free event for people of all ages that are interested in fishing….open to beginners and experts alike. At 11AM, learn or practice casting techniques. At Noon, enjoy a streamside BBQ lunch. At 1PM fish all afternoon with guides. Register by calling or stopping in at the Phoenicia Library (by September 12) at 9 Ava Maria Dr. in Phoenicia; (845) 688 – 7811 / www.phoenicialibrary.org. Sponsored by Phoenicia Library, Morton Memorial Library, Trout Unlimited, the Emerson, Belleayre Ski Shop, Bruce Story Foundation, Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program, NYSDEC, and Merrick Tackle.

September 16

Gear-Cleaning Demonstration: Do your Part to Help Stop the Spread of Invasive Species

10AM; Sojourner Truth Ulster Landing Park 

Come learn how to clean your waders, canoe, kayak, boots and tackle to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species throughout our waterways. A number of different techniques will be demonstrated by staff from the Catskill regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP). Meet at the lower parking area (down by the Hudson River) of Ulster County’s Sojourner Truth Ulster Landing Park between Kingston and Saugerties at 10AM. FMI, contact Molly Marquand at mmarquand@catskillcenter.org or 845-586-2611.

 

 

September 18

“Sailing the Belle Aventure”

7-9PM; Hudson River Maritime Museum

“Follow the River” Lecture Series featuring Belle Aventure Captain Dave Thompson. Lecture takes place in the new Kingston Home Port and Education Center, located at HRMM. Suggested donation of $5 or “pay what you wish.” HRMM members free. FMI – Phone: 845-338-0071.

 

September 19

Esopus Creek Critters…Creepy, Crawly, and Critically Important

4:30PM – 6PM; Phoenicia

Kids and adults are encouraged to join Aaron Bennett of the Ulster County Department of Environment in a rapid biological investigation and live analysis of the Upper Esopus Creek in Phoenicia. Participants will assist in collecting aquatic insects and other organisms that live underneath the rocks in the creek and are often used to determine the health of local streams. After collecting, sorting, and identifying what we were able to collect, we’ll discuss what the results mean, and what they don’t. Participants should come prepared with sturdy stream shoes and a liking for bugs!  FMI, contact Aaron Bennett at 845-340-3522 or aben@co.ulster.ny.us. Meet at the streamside kiosk located at the junction of Woodland Valley Road and High Street just west of Phoenicia.

 

September 20

Catskill Native Plant Society Hike

10AM; West Shokan

Join Catskill Center CRISP coordinator and plant fanatic Molly Marquand for a botanically oriented tromp through the forest. Learn how our ash trees are faring during the emerald ash borer onslaught, what hemlocks mean to trout, and how to tell the signs of a healthy, un-invaded forest by reading plants. Molly is co-founder of the Catskill Native Plant Society. Check it out here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Catskill-Native-Plant-Society/166048230216799. Wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water and a snack. Well behaved dogs welcome. Rain postpones. FMI, contact Molly at mmarquand@catskillcenter.org.

September 21

Hudson River Morning Kayak Tour

9AM; Kingston Point Beach

Paddle the Hudson River during one of the most spectacular times of the year. These paddles, organized by Kingston Parks and Recreation, launch from Kingston Point Beach. The trip includes instruction, equipment and guide. Trip time approximately 2 hours. FMI, call 845-481-7336 or email snoble@kingston-ny.gov. $25 for Kingston Residents, $35 for Non-Residents; Discounts Available. You can register online at http://www.kingstonparksandrec.org.

Kayak Tour, Esopus Bend Nature Preserve

9AM; Saugerties

Esopus Creek Conservancy is sponsoring a guided kayak and canoe tour of Esopus Bend Nature Preserve in conjunction with the annual Ulster County Creek Week. Participants will paddle the tranquil waters of the Esopus Creek above the dam in Saugerties, visiting the coves and wetlands of Esopus Bend Nature Preserve, and the shoreline to the south. Meet 9AM. at the Saugerties Village Beach parking lot on Rte. 9W, just north of the Esopus Creek bridge, at the foot of Partition Street in the Village of Saugerties. Participants will put-in at the beach. Bring your own kayak or canoe. All participants MUST wear a personal floatation device (life vest). Rain or thunderstorms will cancel the paddle. Children are welcome and encouraged if accompanied by a responsible adult, but please do not bring pets. Pre-registration is required. This ECC Environmental Education paddle is free and open to the public, but limited to a maximum of ten watercraft. For additional information about upcoming ECC Nature Walks and Paddles, please visit http://www.esopuscreekconservancy.org. Contact the paddle leader, Steve Hart (kayak642000@yahoo.com) to register, or for additional information.

Minnewaska Wonders: Mine Hole Waterfall and Point Lookout Hike

10AM; Awosting Parking Area/Trailhead

Come discover and explore the easily overlooked northwestern section of Minnewaska. This moderately challenging two mile (3.5-hour) hike leads to a small, but pristine waterfall, tucked away in the woods that few people are aware of. As a bonus, this hike will follow a spur trail to a quartz conglomerate rock slab overlooking the surrounding Shawangunk Ridge, a section of the Rondout Valley and the distant Catskill Mountains. Participants will meet at the Awosting Parking Area and may need to ride share as trailhead parking is very limited, which will also limit the group size for this outing. Participants will have to pay the vehicle use fee of $8 per car or use their current Empire Passport. Pre-registration is required to Nicholas Martin at nicholas.martin@parks.ny.gov; 845-255-0752.

September 22

Kids Fishing Day at the Ashokan Reservoir

9AM – 2PM; Ashokan Reservoir in West Hurley

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection and state Department of Environmental Conservation will host a fishing event for children and their parents. Poles and bait will be supplied, but feel free to bring your own. As part of the state’s “I Fish NY Program,” the New York State fishing license requirement is waived for adults who want to fish during this event. Come and relax, bond with your children, and enjoy the beautiful scenery and fantastic fishing the Ashokan Reservoir has to offer! DEP and DEC staff will be available to teach participants how to fish and assist as needed. If adults don’t have a free DEP Access Permit, applications will be available at the event or they can be obtained online anytime at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/recreation/access.shtml. The free event will be held at the Woodstock Dike on the Ashokan Reservoir. A parking lot is located on a gravel road off Route 28, just east of the West Hurley Post Office. For more information on the event, you may contact DEP at 845-340-7873.

Rosendale Fishing Day on the Rondout Creek

9AM – 2PM; Rondout Creek in hamlet of Rosendale

Join the Rosendale Environmental Commission and the Federated Sportsmen’s Clubs of Ulster County on the Rondout Creek (at the end of Snyder Avenue) in the hamlet of Rosendale. This event is FREE thanks to the state’s “I Fish NY Program,” where the New York State fishing license requirement is waived for adults who want to fish during this event. Event is for both kids and adults, with bait and tackle provided. Snyder Avenue is located in the middle of the hamlet off of Main Street. FMI, email Joe Liuni at joeliuni@verizon.net (845-853-3142), or Jennifer Metzger at jenmetzger@yahoo.com (845-658-8967).

September 25

Climate Change at the LOCAL Level

6:30PM; SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge

At the Mohonk Lake Cooperative Weather Station, weather records have been taken daily since 1896. In addition, species’ seasonal observations have been recorded on the Mohonk property since 1925. Shanan’s presentation combines these data sets to tell the local story of climate change. The longevity of these data sets shows how temperature, precipitation, and the timing of seasons have altered over the years, affecting species as well.

Shanan Smiley is the Conservation Biologist/ Collections Manager at the Mohonk Preserve’s Daniel Smiley Research Center and has studied the ecology of the Shawangunks for the past 9 years. She holds an M.S. in Environmental Studies from Green Mountain College, and a B.S. in Biology from Montana State University.  Before moving to Mohonk in 2003, she worked for the U.S. Forest Service & Park Service in Montana and Utah.

This presentation is sponsored by the Ulster County Environmental Management Council (EMC) as part of the monthly meeting. The meeting and presentation will be held at SUNY Ulster College’s Clinton Hall, in the Howard St. John Conference Room. FMI, visit http://ucenvironment.org or contact Steve Noble, EMC Chair at snoble@kingston-ny.gov.

Directions from Kingston and north- From Route 28, get onto Route 209 South. Take Route 209 for 9.6 miles to the traffic light at Cottekill Road. Make a left and go about 1/4 mile. The main entrance to the College will be on your right.

Directions from Ellenville and south – Take Route 209 North to Stone Ridge. You will pass a traffic light at the intersection of Route 213 from High Falls/Rosendale. Continue north on 209 through the town of Stone Ridge to the next traffic light at Cottekill Road. Make a right. The main entrance to the College will be about 1/4 mile on your right.

September 28

Hudson River Morning Kayak Tour

9AM; Kingston Point Beach

Paddle the Hudson River during one of the most spectacular times of the year. These paddles, organized by Kingston Parks and Recreation, launch from Kingston Point Beach. The trip includes instruction, equipment and guide. Trip time approximately 2 hours. FMI, call 845-481-7336 or email snoble@kingston-ny.gov. $25 for Kingston Residents, $35 for Non-Residents; Discounts Available. You can register online at www.kingstonparksandrec.org.

Directions – Kingston Point Beach is located at the end of Delaware Avenue in Downtown Kingston. Kingston Point Beach is on your left (north side) of Delaware Avenue.  

Kanape Brook Stream Walk

10AM – 12PM; West Shokan 

Join a representative from the Ulster County Soil & Water Conservation District’s Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program on a hike along Kanape Brook in the Town of Olive. Participants will learn about stream science focusing on how local geology, hydrology, and vegetation shape our creeks. Participants will learn why streams behave the way they do, how they interact with the landscape and the importance of protecting the natural resource. Space is limited and registration is required. Walk will occur near a NYS trail but there will be an ample amount of off-trail walking. Some areas will be steep, rocky, and slippery. Please come prepared to hike with appropriate clothing and footwear. No pets please. Pre-registration is required. FMI, contact Brent Gotsch at bwg37@cornell.edu or 845-688-3047 ext 3.

Directions: Take Route 28 from Kingston or Boiceville to 28A (wraps around the southern side of the Ashokan Reservoir, New York City’s water supply) to Watson Hollow Road (Co. Rte 42), then 3.75 miles to the Kanape Parking lot and information board (on your right). We will meet at the information board prior to beginning the hike. (From DEC Website:  http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/75346.html)

Hudson River Evening Kayak Tour

5PM; Kingston Point Beach

Paddle the Hudson River during one of the most spectacular times of the year. These paddles, organized by Kingston Parks and Recreation, launch from Kingston Point Beach. The trip includes instruction, equipment and guide. Trip time approximately 2 hours. FMI, call 845-481-7336 or email snoble@kingston-ny.gov. $25 for Kingston Residents, $35 for Non-Residents; Discounts Available. You can register online at www.kingstonparksandrec.org.

Directions – Kingston Point Beach is located at the end of Delaware Avenue in Downtown Kingston. Kingston Point Beach is on your left (north side) of Delaware Avenue.  

2012 CREEK WEEK RECAP:

The 3nd annual Creek Week was co-sponsored by Ulster County Environmental Management Council and Ulster County Department of the Environment.  Other collaborators for this year’s Creek Week included the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program, the Lower Esopus Watershed Partnership, and Riverkeeper.

Over 250 people participated in last year’s celebration. With 25 events held, 2012 was the biggest Creek Week yet. For details on the events from last year: DOWNLOAD a print version (PDF) of the Events.

HISTORY:

Creek Week is intended to help build awareness and encourage the enjoyment of water and watersheds in Ulster County.

 The Ulster County Department of Environment and the Environmental Management Council believe that an annual Creek Week will better connect people to our fantastic Ulster County environment – particularly our watersheds and water resources. We hope that people use these events to learn more about what is just outside their door, learn something about how they can protect or improve the environment, enjoy time outside with friends and family, and to have fun.

Archive of the 2012 Events

Hurley BioBlitz participants collecting stream organisms

Leaping Trout Art Trail

Town of Hurley BioBlitz!

Up the Creek Kayak Tour

Hudson River Good Morning Paddle

Mushroom Walk at Esopus Bend

Muddy Waters! Ashokan Reservoir Releases into the Lower Esopus Creek

Town of Hurley 350th Anniversary Celebration

Young anglers enjoying the fishing sponsored by the Town of Rosendale and the Federated Sportsman of Ulster County on the Rondout as part of Creek Week 2012.

Guided Kayak Paddle on Rondout Creek

HRMM and Clearwater Barn Raising!

Stream Monitoring – Family Fun

Sunset Seine and Sing at Esopus Meadows

Hudson River Sunset Paddle

Creek Speak: Walk Birch Creek with Soil & Water’s stream expert Cory Ritz

“One Year after the Flood” Hike

How’s the Water?

“Last Call at the Oasis”

“Creak Speak’ers” sample aquatic organisms in the Birch Creek near Pine Hill.

Impacts of Tropical Storms Irene and Lee had on the Hudson River Estuary and watershed

Lecture Series: “Kingston: Past and Present”

Rosendale Fishing Day on the Rondout Creek

Kayak Tour of the Tidal Lower Esopus

Byrdecliffe Trail Hike

Guided Kayak Paddle on Rondout Creek

Hike to Mine Hole Waterfall

Book Signing “Ramblings of a Charmed Circle Flyfisher”

John Burroughs Slabsides Ramble

Lower Esopus Kayak Tour paddlers exploring its confluence with the Hudson River at Saugerties

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