CCEDC Environment & Energy Program Forums

What’s the Buzz: Creating Pollinator Friendly Communities

When: Wednesday November 3rd  from 6 to 8pm

Where: Cornell Zoom (Virtual). To register visit: https://cornell.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctdeyprTooHNUWWQwfP_ldns8prxymJVCe (call-in option available)

Who: Dutchess County municipal officials and volunteers (CAC, CSC Task Force, Planning Board, Town Board, ZBA) ,watershed groups and local residents.

Pollinators are a critical component of our ecosystem, fertilizing the plants in our yards and parks as well as on our farms and orchards. They play an integral part in our local food system and help us grow our local agricultural economy. However, pollinator populations are in sharp decline due to activities such as loss of habitat. Participants will learn about various native pollinator species and the benefits they bring, the activities negatively impacting pollinators, and best management practices for managing our local landscapes with pollinating insects in mind, at both a residential and municipal scale. Participants will hear from two Dutchess County communities about ongoing efforts to establish pollinator gardens and “pathways”, helping to restore habitat connectivity and biodiversity to the region using a collaborative approach.

Presenters include:

  • Kerissa Battle, Community Greenways Collaborative
  • Susan Karnes Hecht, Town of Poughkeepsie Climate Smart Communities Task Force and Conservation Advisory Commission
  • Cathy Lane, Town of Hyde Park Visual Environment Committee and Dutchess County Master Gardener
  • Joyce Tomaselli, CCEDC Community Horticulture Resource Educator

*Please contact Michelle Gluck (mg822@cornell.edu) if you have any trouble registering for this event or have accessibility concerns.

Online Mapping Tools for Local Conservation Planning

When: Saturday, November 13th from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Where: Cornell Zoom (Virtual). To register visit: https://cornell.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcoceGurD4jHdIb2NTYoA6q0WwgxOwfN9nu

Who: Dutchess County municipal officials and volunteers (CAC, Planning Board, Town Board, ZBA), watershed group members, local residents.

This training will provide an opportunity for guided hands-on learning of Dutchess County online mapping tools, as well as regional and statewide natural resource mappers. Members of Dutchess County conservation advisory councils, municipal planning and zoning boards and staff, watershed organizations, and interested citizens are encouraged to attend. Participants will practice using a number of the tools and will learn about the importance of conservation planning and communicating these values and knowledge to their audiences. Participants will be encouraged to follow-along remotely and will receive a video tutorial as a follow-up to the training to help guide them with using the tools later on in their daily duties.

Presenters include:

  • Sean Carroll, CCEDC
  • Nate Nardi-Cyrus, NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program
  • Devin Rigolino, Dutchess County Department of Planning & Development
  • Julie Hart, Dutchess Land Conservancy

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

Give Plastic Free July a Try!

What’s better than sunshine and summertime? Enjoying it all with less waste of course!

Join us and people all over the world in celebrating Plastic Free July! Plastic Free July was started by an organization in Australia and is now a global challenge with 120 million people across 177 countries participating in 2018. Pledge to make a change and reduce your use of single-use plastics. Remember, you don’t have to go completely plastic free in order to claim success for yourself! Make it fun and create your own plastic free bucket list.

Here are some tips and tricks to help you get started:

  • Support farmers and local businesses – purchase food or other goods from your local farm stand or farmers market that aren’t packaged in plastic
  • Make homemade Popsicles instead of purchasing ones that come individually wrapped
  • Up your cooler game and try out stainless steel ice packs
  • Reduce both wasted food and packaging waste by bringing reusable containers to your next BBQ

Let us know how you celebrated Plastic Free July at organicrecycling@dec.ny.gov, We encourage pictures. You just might be featured in upcoming DEC social media!

Source: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Newsletter