Help Us Prepare for New York State Compost Awareness Week

As we prepare to celebrate New York State Compost Awareness Week in conjunction with International Compost Awareness WeekMay 3 – 9, 2020, we’re interested in hearing from you!

Email organicrecycling@dec.ny.gov with any compost related events (composting workshops, volunteer opportunities, etc.) happening in your community throughout April and May.

Leading up to Compost Awareness Week, we will be sharing these events, social media and resources relaying the importance of compost to soil health.

9th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep

WHEN:
May 2, 2020 (Postponed. Contact sweep@riverkeeper.org for further info)
WHERE IN DUTCHESS COUNTY:
Beacon: Denning’s Point Cleanup
Beacon: Riverfront Park Cleanup
Poughkeepsie: Waryas Park Shoreline Cleanup
Poughkeepsie: Kaal Rock Park Cleanup
Staatsburg: Mills Historic Site Cleanup
Tivoli: Cleanup of the Hudson River at Tivoli Landing
Wappingers Falls: Lower Wappinger Creek Cleanup by Kayak/Canoe and Land

Join us for the 9th annual Riverkeeper Sweep, our annual day of service for the Hudson River and its tributaries! Over the last 8 years, we have had 737 projects along hundreds of miles of shoreline from Brooklyn to the Adirondacks. More than 14,000 volunteers have removed 259 tons of debris, planted 2,372  trees and native grasses, and removed tons of invasive species.

Sweep 2020Riverkeeper organiza todos los años una jornada dedicada a la limpieza del río Hudson y sus tributarios. Riverkeeper Sweep se realizará el 2 de mayo. Leér mas en La Voz: A cuidar nuestro río.

A full list of 2020 Sweep sites will be posted here on April 1, 2020. To get a sense of where sites have been in the past, check out the list from 2019.

Ways to get involved:
Organize a project: Is there a park or shoreline in your community in need of a cleanup? Submit the Sweep Leader Interest Form and we will reach out with more information about organizing your own project for Saturday, May 2.

Volunteer: Interested in pitching in? Submit the Volunteer Interest Form to receive updates about volunteering on Sweep day.

Sponsor Sweep: Do you own a business interested in helping restore the Hudson River? Email Elizabeth Allee at eallee@riverkeeper.org for more information about sponsoring the 2020 Riverkeeper Sweep.

It takes hundreds of local volunteers to make Sweep happen in their communities. If there is a local park or stretch of shoreline not listed, e-mail sweep@riverkeeper.org to learn about how you can organize a project. Click here to visit our page with resources for Sweep leaders, which will be updated in the coming months. 

Annual CAC-EMC Roundtable

On Tuesday CCEDC’s Environment and Energy Program hosted its’ Annual CAC-EMC Roundtable. The event began with a presentation from Resource Educator, Michelle Gluck, on the Dutchess S.U.P.P.P. Campaign. Michelle spoke to the issue of single-use plastics (SUPs) and discussed how Conservation Advisory Committees (CACs) can be involved to make for an even stronger and successful impact to reduce single-use plastic usage throughout Dutchess County! Dutchess County Recycling Educator, Kerry Russell, was available to answer questions as well.This presentation was very timely as the NYS Bag Waste Reduction Law goes into effect on 3/1/2020. The Roundtable was hosted as a “zero-waste “event with attendees asked to BYO mug. Some attendees went above and beyond and brought their own plate too! Continue reading

Montgomery Place Fall 2019 Salon Series

o   Session 1: Solar Energy
November 12, 3–5 p.m., Montgomery Place, Annandale-on-Hudson
Emily Majer ’95, Town of Red Hook historian and deputy mayor, Village of Tivoli
Audrey Friedrichsen, land use and environmental advocacy attorney, Scenic Hudson
Jeff Irish, vice president, SunCommon
Moderated by Ben Hoen CEP ’06, research scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

o   Session 2: Hydro Energy
December 3, 3–5 p.m., Montgomery Place, Annandale-on-Hudson
Emily Majer ’95, Town of Red Hook historian and deputy mayor, Village of Tivoli
Jan Borchert, head of hydro facility design and permitting, Current Hydro
Tracy Brown, restoration manager, Connecticut and New York Northeast Coldwater Habitat Program, Trout Unlimited
Weston Davey, historic site restoration coordinator, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation
Moderated by Robyn Smyth, assistant professor of environmental and urban studies, Bard College

Source Collin Adkins

Upcoming CCDC Events

  1. First of all, save the date for our annual CAC-EMC Roundtable! The 2020 Roundtable will be held on Tuesday, February 25th from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Farm & Home Center (2715 Route 44, Millbrook, NY). The snow date for the event will be Thursday, February 27th, at the same time and location. This event is our annual forum aimed at bringing together all of the CACs/CBs in Dutchess County, the County’s Environmental Management Council and others to discuss common successes, challenges, and goals for the future. This year will also feature a presentation on Dutchess County’s single-use plastic prevention campaign as well as continued discussion on the Climate Smart Communities Program and CCEDC’s support. More details to come. We hope to see you all there!

 

  1. Secondly, the Wappinger Creek Watershed Intermunicipal Council will be holding its Fall Quarterly Meeting (last of the year) on Friday, November 15th from 9:00-10:30 AM at the Farm & Home Center. This meeting will focus on the final steps of the Wappinger Creek Nine-Element Watershed Management Plan, including presentations from two of our watershed municipalities, the Town of Pine Plains and Town of Wappinger, as well as a presentation on the nearly-finalized Watershed Characterization and Recommendations Report by KC Engineering. We welcome any municipalities within the Wappinger Creek Watershed or Dutchess County as a whole to attend and share your questions, comments and/or concerns pertaining to local water quality and watershed management.

 Source: Sean Carroll