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Thanks to the commitment of Mallards Dairy and their enthusiasm for this project it was successfully completed in the spring of 2018. It represents a demonstration of the efficacy of applying bioengineering techniques in streambank restoration. The success of this first streambank restoration project laid the groundwork for future projects. We have completed another similar project in 2019 to similarly stabilize 1,800 feet of river bank at Edelweiss Farms and have two more on the books for 2020. This work totals to 7,700 linear feet of streambank restoration.

Please download the project closeout report submitted in October 2019.

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A big thank you to those who participated!
Genesee RiverWatch is holding three public forums seeking input from stakeholders and citizens on existing canoe and kayak sites that need improvement as well as possible locations for new sites. Forums will be held in Geneseo, Belmont and Rochester.
Please join us! The details of the forums are:
Geneseo Forum (Middle Basin)
When: Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 from 10 AM to-Noon
Where: Livingston County Government Center, 6 Court Street, Geneseo, NY, Room 205/208
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Registration: FREE. Please register here so we know how many people plan to come.
Belmont Forum (Upper Basin)
When: Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 from 3 pm to 5 pm
Where: Allegany County Crossroads Center, 6087 State Route 19N, Suite 100, Belmont, NY 14813
Directions: The Crossroads Center is 2/10 mile north of I-86, Exit 30 on State Route 19.
Registration FREE. Please register here so we know how many people plan to come.
Rochester Event (Lower Basin)
When: Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 from 3 pm to 5 pm.
Where: Genesee Waterways Center, 149 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14611
Registration FREE. Please register here so we know how many people plan to come.
If you have any questions, please email George Thomas.
Thank you for your help!

Listen to WXXI's Connections: What did we learn from the Genesee River Report Card? | WXXI News

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Rochester, NY, April 29, 2019 - Genesee RiverWatch has released the first-ever “Report Card” grading the water quality and usability of the Genesee River and its major tributaries. The Report Card was developed to raise awareness of the environmental challenges facing the Genesee River Basin so that actions can be taken to improve the state of the watershed and preserve its beauty for generations to come.

“We have been developing this Report Card for a long time and are pleased to release it today. We hope the public will take the time to read the full report. We are happy to answer questions about its grades and their implications. We are even happier to answer questions about how individuals and organizations can help us continue to improve the river’s water quality and its recreational opportunities,” said George Thomas, Executive Director of Genesee RiverWatch.

The overall grade for the Genesee River Basin is a “C”, based on the quality of the river’s water at Rochester. This, in turn, reflects the cumulative effects on water quality of all the activities that take place along the Main Stem of the River and all its sub-watersheds stretching to northern Pennsylvania. Canaseraga Creek received the lowest grade – “D” – of all the sub-watersheds, indicating poor water quality and limits to human usage. Oatka Creek and Black Creek received grades of “B” - the highest grades of all the Genesee River subwatersheds, indicating good water quality and better opportunities for human usage. The Upper Basin of the river (south of Letchworth Park), Honeoye Creek and Conesus Creek sub-watersheds received grades of “C.” In summary, there are portions of the Genesee River Basin that are environmentally in good health. However, major portions of the watershed are degraded to varying degrees.

Download the full Press Release

Download the Report Card

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Genesee RiverWatch Sponsor Program

Genesee RiverWatch is seeking sponsors to help support our vision of a Genesee that

is an environmental, recreational and economic asset for everyone in the region.

Your sponsorship will help make possible the very important work we are doing to:

  • Improve the water quality of our Genesee River
  • Increase river access and recreational uses
  • Create educational opportunities for children and adults, using the river as a teaching tool
  • Build public and governmental interest in the Genesee as a social and economic asset

Recent initiatives such as Rochester’s “ROC the Riverway” demonstrate the birth of a new focus on the Genesee River and increase the public attention paid to the unique work of Genesee RiverWatch and to those who support this work.

With our rapidly-expanding list of projects, events and publications, we have updated our sponsorship program to cover a full 12 months from the date of your commitment. Sponsors will receive recognition at all events, in the annual report, in quarterly newsletters and other publications, in promotional materials and on our web site during this period.

Major Annual Events

Genesee River Basin Summit

Held in the spring, these all-day programs focus on developing a community consensus on technical questions of importance to the river. The recent 5th annual Summit, entitled “Stewardship Through Environmental Education”, helped further development of our Genesee River Institute educational initiative.  2017’s Summit concentrated on ‘River Access & Recreation Opportunities”.

Genesee River Bash

Held in the fall, the Bash is a celebration of the river featuring exhibits, dining, dancing, entertainment, a silent auction and our annual Elizabeth Thorndike Awards. In recent years, the program and ticket prices have been adjusted to make the Bash a family-friendly event. This year’s 44th annual celebration will be held from 5:30 to 10:00 PM, Saturday, September 29th at the Port of Rochester Terminal Building.


These half-day programs are designed to solicit stakeholder opinions and convey information on specific topics. This spring, our program entitled “Streambank Erosion in the Middle Genesee River Basin” generated a long list of valuable ideas for projects on the Genesee and its tributaries which would be lower cost than our regular grant-funded work and might be accomplished by individual land owners.

Some of Our 2018 Projects

·     Finish $147K Mallards Dairy streambank restoration with community tree planting event

·    Complete design phase of Genesee River Institute educational program. Begin pilot classes.

·     Begin $284K Edelweiss Farms streambank restoration project

·    Build Petten Street car-top boating access facility in partnership with City of Rochester

·     Complete Middle Genesee Streambank Restoration Study

·    Publish first-ever Genesee River Report Card of Basin-wide water quality


Genesee RiverWatch Sponsor Opportunities

Sponsor Levels

Genesee River Basin

$2,000 & Over

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Sponsorship Benefits:

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   RiverWatch Membership - Value: $25 (Individual), $100 (Business)

   Recognition in Quarterly Newsletters & Annual Report

   Recognition in Programs and at the Events

   Recognition on Web Site

   Recognition in Event Emails


The sooner we receive your 2018 sponsorship commitment, the sooner your name and logo will appear in Genesee RiverWatch publications and the more often they will be seen by the community of people and groups interested in the Genesee River.

Sign Up Procedure & Questions

  • To become a sponsor, complete either the online (temporiliy offline, come back soon) or the downloadable version of the Sponsor Form.
  • If you have any questions, call the Genesee RiverWatch office (585-233-6086) or email George Thomas.

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