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Groundwork Hudson Valley wishes you all happy, healthy holidays and a joyful New Year! We are incredibly grateful to be able to involve so many wonderful people and thank you for the support and interest you have shown for our growing organization.
We look forward to an exciting and productive 2010. With each new year, the role of on-the-ground community projects in sustainability, education, neighborhood greening, and job training become increasingly vital and we couldn't do any of it without the support and participation of our neighbors, partnering organizations, local and state governments, and individual supporters.
The Groundwork Hudson Valley Staff: Rick, Ann-Marie, Vernon, Anne, Curt, Emily, Rhea, Devon, Lynn, Lucy, and Bob
Groundwork USA Assembly, New Orleans
Friday, November 13th, 17 Groundwork Trusts from around the country met
in New Orleans for the annual Youth Summit and to participate in the
EPA Brownfields Conference. After getting a view of Louisiana's incredible natural habitat on a canoe ride through the Cane Bayou out to Lake Pontchartrain, students and Groundwork Staff got an introduction to its dynamic urban habitat with a tour of the remaining destruction from Hurricane Katrina as well as the inspiring restoration sites such as the Make It Right Homes in the 9th Ward and the Holly Grove Market & Farm. After being exposed to these contemporary issues, the group got acquainted the rich history of the city on a walking tour through the Historic French Quarter.
Before leaving, the youth summit helped with a restoration project at Andrew Wilson Elementary School, organized by the Broadmoor Improvement Association, Students helped landscape the exterior of the school by planting trees, laying sod, and grating the soil to better accommodate flooding and heavy rains. At the restoration project, the group met with EPA representatives, the architect who designed the new school, and members of the National Parks Service.
After the youth left, Groundwork
USA had a highly successful
three days participating in the EPA Brownfield Conference. Read more...
Science Barge Had An Awesome Season
A note from Bob Walters, Science
The Science Barge seems quiet and
cold (brrr) after the hustle and bustle of our first year on the Yonkers waterfront. The
Barge was a huge success and had visitors from all over the world including
media from Japan, Canada, Antigua, Germany and the Netherlands. It was a great day
when Dan Rather, formerly of 60 minutes, showed up with his news crew to do a
show on sustainable agriculture. Read more...
Saw Mill River Daylighting Update: American Eel --
A tricky critter to accommodate in Yonkers
From Ann-Marie Mitroff, Director of River Programs
Who'd have thought that the American eel could reach 7 ½
miles up the Saw Mill River ABOVE the Woodlands Lake dam with everything it has
to go through now-entering the river underneath the train station, swimming under Larkin Plaza for 1 mile in
the dark, then up over a flow station, through
concrete channels, and up a 20-foot dam! Studies completed by Robert Schmidt of
Hudsonia for the Saw Mill River Coalition in the spring of
2008 found the American eel ABOVE THE DAM! These creatures slithered up
vegetation to make it beyond the dam. The
tricky part now for the eel with the Yonkers' daylighting project, is to be
sure that when engineers bring two new
sections of river back to the daylight, their design will allow species of fish
to make it upstream, and down again. Read more...
Now Hiring New High School Interns for Science Barge Under American Honda Foundation Grant
The Science Barge will be hiring five new "Honda
Interns" to work on the Barge twice a week, learning about the Science Barge
systems in depth, and being trained to give Barge tours on the weekends. If you
are an interested student who attends school in Yonkers and are above the age
of 16, contact Devon Spencer at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 914-375-2151 to schedule an interview. For more information about the program click here. Saw Mill River Fish Study Completed!
Saunders High School students who have been working with the Saw Mill River Coalition on a comprehensive study of fish species in the Saw Mill conducted their last survey in September, as part of the Saw Mill River BioBlitz. This proved a satisfying end to a successful year-long study which involved over 30 Saunders High School students and monitored eight different species at six sites in the river. The study concludes with a Protocol for Future Fish Studies, drafted this month, that can be used to guide future efforts. Read More and view the final report and Protocol for Future Fish Studies.
Want The Science Barge to Visit Your School?
While the Science Barge is closed for the winter, we will be making classroom visits, giving an introduction to Science Barge curriculum and leading students in hands-on activities, engaging with concepts such as "food miles," composting, nutrition, food webs, and of course sustainable agriculture. For more information, please contact Devon Spencer, Director of Science Barge Education at (914) 375-2151 or email@example.com.
Groundwork at Riverside High School
begins a new year of its Educational Outreach program at Riverside High School. Thanks to a grant through the Westchester County Youth Bureau, Groundwork is able to partner with a high school teacher to enrich one of his lab periods
with real-world examples of environmental work in their neighborhood. Read More...
High School River Watch
January, The Saw Mill River Coalition will launch its new pollution prevention
program, called High School River Watch. High school students within the Saw Mill
River watershed will be
invited to form River Watch Stewardship Groups in which they will work consistently on the
portion of the river nearest to their school. Activities will include storm
drain marking, trash pick-ups, surveys of the trash in the river, invasive
vine-cuttings, and participation in The Great River Clean-Up, an event
currently scheduled for late May of 2010. With stewardship groups all
throughout the watershed taking action in their communities, we can create
great improvements in the health and beauty of our river! Please contact Emily Eder at (914) 375-2151 or firstname.lastname@example.org
if you are interested in getting involved.Perfect
Tree-hugger & River-hugger Gifts!
Tree-hugger-invasive vine cutting equipment!
what we use:
River-hugger-to reduce trash in our streams!
Umbrellas for Sale!
- Loppers (try NOT
to get the ones that you have to open wide in order to clip a branch-your arms will get tired opening
them up so wide all the time. Simple action ones are great like Vigoro
bypass or Corona
clippers-bypass ones (curved blade).
handle saw (to cut the larger vines that loppers can't handle). This is a half moon handle with a saw between the two ends.
gloves (To protect from thorny multi-flora rose!)
- Hard hat-if you are working large
trees with large vines-this is important. Many vines come
down on heads!
Here comes the rain and the snow!
Protect yourself from nasty weather while supporting healthy rivers and
streams. Umbrellas with pollution prevention messages on them are being
distributed to high schools and middle schools throughout the watershed. They are $8 each and all of
the profits from the sales will go towards the school. Contact us to find out
about participating schools, or if you are a teacher or student interested in
getting involved. You can also buy them through our office, or order them
online, and we will distribute the proceeds to one of the local schools.
Our Office Is Moving!
Valley is moving! In January, Groundwork
will be moving its office from 6
Wells Avenue to a larger office just a
couple blocks away. The new office will be located at 22 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Yonkers, NY 10701. We are very excited about
this new location, as added space means room for growth (and more space)! Stay
tuned for possible volunteer activities before, during, and after the move!
|Free-A-Tree Invasive Vine-CuttingSaturday 1/9/10 (rain date 1/16/10)9:30am-12:30pm, Farragut Avenue site
Come help us rid the Saw Mill River banks of the invasive vines that are crowding out native plants and wildlife. We will provide all of the needed materials. For more information go to:our website
. We will schedule February-April dates later this month.
January 23, 2010 (Snow Date January 30, 2010)
8:30 am-12:00 noon, Irvington Library: 12 Astor St. Irvington, NY 10533The purpose of this roundtable is to provide an understanding of low impact development/better site design principles and techniques applicable to our area and how they can be incorporated into the review of local development projects and site plans.Planning Boards, Zoning Boards of Appeals, Conservation Boards, Village Administrators, Mayors and Elected Officials will engage in roundtable discussions with their particular village or town and participate in a better site design planning exercise. Sandeep Mehrotra, Chair of the Hastings Environmental Commission and Vice President of Hazen & Sawyer P.C., Environmental Engineers and Scientists, will give the keynote on Low Impact Development/Better Site Design Principles & Techniques - What they are and Why they matter in flooding and water quality
If you are interested in attending, please contact email@example.com
Groundwork Hudson Valley is an environmental non-profit that
works with communities to improve their physical and social
environment. This is done by collaborating on projects, among them:
turning dangerous vacant lots into community gardens, planting trees,
replacing graffiti with murals, and forming alliances within the
community. Some of these projects are done through school programs and
many of them are intergenerational. We are dedicated to environmental
stewardship and community empowerment. All of our projects engage local
residents in hands-on projects, from design to planting.