It was a very special evening... A big thank you to our sponsors!!
(See them listed below)
2016 Elizabeth Thorndike Environmental Leadership Awards:
Genesee RiverWatch recognized three organizations with our Elizabeth Thorndike Environmental Leadership Award at our BASH on October 6, 2016 for their efforts that have made significant contributions to the Genesee RiverWatch mission to champion solutions that improve the water quality of the Genesee and initiatives that connect people to the River.
Seneca Park Zoo Society - One Cubic Foot Project:
In August 2015, the Seneca Park Zoo Society, arranged for environmentalist and photographer David Liittswager and a team from the Smithsonian Institution to study the biodiversity in the Genesee River using his “One Cubic Foot” technique. The Zoo partnered with nearly 30 local groups to assist in and publicize this work. The project raised awareness of the importance of the health of the Genesee River; provided data on the plant and animal species living in the River (134 species passed through the one cubic foot frame); and created a model for assessing the River’s biodiversity in the future. One Cubic Foot had a major impact on public awareness of the Genesee; encouraging people to explore, experience and celebrate the River, and contributing to a recent renaissance of interest in the River.
OCWC is a volunteer watershed group that promotes, protects, and improves the natural resources and assets of the Oatka Creek watershed, a major tributary of the Genesee River. Since 2002, the organization has conducted: watershed education outreach activities; water quality and biological monitoring; storm drain marking; protecting and improving riparian vegetative buffer areas adjacent to the streams in the watershed; and providing education on invasive species and their control. In the spring of 2015, OCWC began creating new riparian corridor vegetation canopies to replace existing canopies dominated by dead or dying ash trees taking advantage of the State’s Trees for Tribs program. Working with a variety of groups and 120 volunteers, they have planted 2,870 native trees and shrubs along almost two miles of riparian corridor improving Oatka Creek’s water quality and associated habitat.
The Dueppengiesser Dairy Co. of Perry, NY, a family run farm milking 1,000 cows, working 2,000 acres of corn and employing 20 full-time workers, has worked with USDA, NYS, and Wyoming Co. to implement multiple conservation measures to reduce soil erosion and pesticide use and improve water quality in the Genesee River Basin. These include vegetated treatment areas, grass waterways, cover cropping, pest management, residue management, installation of drainage tile, diversion ditches and drop inlets, nutrient management, sand/solid manure separation, use of a dragline manure system and two silage leachate collection systems. They have also hosted the Farm Bureau School Education Program, Agri-Palooza, and the Western New York Soil Health Field Day to help educate the public about how and why a farm operates and what can be done to improve water quality and the environment.
The Genesee River Bash!
The kickoff event for Rochester's River Romance Weekend
October 6th, 2016, 5:30-9:30pm
Port of Rochester Terminal Building, Rochester, NY
A River Celebration featuring BBQ, Beer, and a Blues & Bluegrass Band
Enjoy an Evening with Friends and Family
Congratulate Award Winners for Improving the River
Take a "Genesee River Walk" tour of outdoor lifestyle suppliers and River-focused organizations
Proceeds to benefit Genesee RiverWatch
Genesee RiverWatch improves the water quality of the Genesee River and its tributaries to create environmental, recreational and economic assets for its communities.
Genesee River Basin ($2,000 or more):
Main Stem ($1,000 or more):
Letchworth ($500 or more):
Tributary ($250 or more):
Headwater ($100 or more):