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Clips from the 2010 Batavia Streamside Celebration

2010 StreamFest Video

Join us on Saturday, August 6, for the 5th Annual Batavia Streamside Celebration at Country Suite B&B in Ashland from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Rain date is Sunday, August 7.) Green Peas TV, the new Internet cooking show for the Berkshire and Hudson Valley regions is filming an episode with the Chefs Consortium. Pure Catskills members Cowbella, Cooked Goose Farm, Stoneledge Farm and Athens Goat Farm are providing the local ingredients which top farm-to-table chefs Jeff Loshinsky and Noah Sheetz will use to conjure up culinary delights in a most unusual setting -- streamside! Also at the StreamFest, catch Arm of the Sea Theater at 2 p.m., live music all day long and environmental film screenings hosted by the Council. All activities are free, including the movies.

  • Music by Eddie Fingerhut Performance at 11 am & 1 pm
  • Swampgrass Jug Band Performances at 12 pm & 3 pm
  • Arm of the Sea Theater Performance at 2 pm
  • Taiko Drum Performance at 3:45 pm
  • Environmental Film Series

Scheduled activities include:

  • Guided Stream Walks
  • What's in the Water?
  • Plant & Tree Indentification Walks
  • Boomerang Demonstrations
  • Wildlife Alive Exhibit
  • Fly Fishing Casting and Tying Demos
  • Recycled Paper Making
  • Fish T-shirt Painting and much more!

Come early, stay late!  As of 7 pm Friday night, the Celebration is
 scheduled for Saturday, August 6th...Come rain and shine!

FairSee You at The Fair

Visit with us at this year's Delaware County Fair (August 15-20). In honor of our 20,000-acre milestone of conservation easements, we're featuring photos of working landscapes that will remain protected for future generations. Staff from the Council, NYC DEP and CWC will be on hand to answer your questions about agriculture, forestry, easements, water quality (all week long) and residential septic systems (Tuesday only). Each day we'll feature local food samplings of Pure Catskills member products like ByeBrook Farm cheese and Maple Shade Farm jams. Baked goods from La Basse Cour await you at our tent opening ceremony on Monday, August 15 at 11 am. Stop in, answer a quick survey, and receive a free Pure Catskills bumper sticker. It's all at The Fair -- see you there!

Congratulations to our partners at Cornell Cooperative Extension on their 100-year anniversary. Celebrate their accomplishments with us on August 19 from 9:30 am to noon in the Entertainment Tent across from our booth. To RSVP, call (607) 865-6531.

Photo: Small farm owners Bryttni Mager, Preston and Jordan Garpede of Hillside Farm in Meredith stopped to get their picture taken with Water Man last year. Come by and we'll take your picture too!


Scouts15 Scouts Trek Catskill Aqueduct
Olive Boy Scout Troop #163 is planning a once-in-a-lifetime trek from the Ashokan Reservoir to New York City August 19 through 27. The 92-mile expedition commemorates the troop's 100th anniversary, one of the first Boy Scout troops established in the US. Two engineers with the NYC Board of Water Supply which was then engaged in building the Ashokan Reservoir and Catskill Aqueduct, formed the troop in 1911. Concerned that young boys were hanging around the dangerous Ashokan Reservoir construction site and getting into trouble, BWS engineers Sydney Clapp and J. S. Langthorne, banded them together for more productive pursuits.

Scoutmaster Keith Davis and Committee Chairman Rob Overton thought a fitting tribute to the troop founders, and to their own history, would be a hike along the route of the underground aqueduct. To make a symbolic trek atop the aqueduct, Davis enlisted the help of CWC, NYC DEP, the Council and other entities to coordinate the nine-day journey. The 92-mile aqueduct starts at the Ashokan, tunnels under the Hudson River and continues along the east side of the Hudson to Kensico and Hillview Reservoirs before it reaches city taps. It carries 40% of New York City's water and serves many upstate communities as well. For security reasons, access to the city-owned land atop the aqueduct is restricted. But for this special occasion, the DEP is assisting the Scouts with logistics and trek planning, and its officials will participate in the kick-off ceremony August 19, and the arrival celebration in Central Park August 27. Fifteen boys will make the trek, and have been hiking, biking and camping in preparation for the journey.The scouts will stay overnight at Hilltop Hanover Farm on August 24. East of Hudson Program staff will explain how agriculture and riparian buffers protect water quality. Scouts will enjoy local foods prepared by Lucky Dog Organic Farm. Along with other donations, the troop received a $3,000 Forestry Program Bus Tour Grant to cover expenses associated with the watershed educational experience.

The public is invited to the departure ceremony at the Ashokan Reservoir fountain at 10 a.m. Friday, August 19. For $20, you may reserve a seat on buses carrying family and friends to meet the hikers in NYC on August 27. Visit the troop's website for more history, the trek map, to make a donation or reserve a bus seat.

InterestOf Interest 
Newsletter: Watershed Currents (CWC)
Newsletter: Empire E-Bytes (NRCS-NY)
Website: Earth911 for everything recycling
Participants in the News: Conservation Easement Preserves Local Farm (Hemlock Hill Farm, Westchester County)

Brynne Backus

Supreme Meat Goat Champion

2011 Walton Regional Livestock Show

Congratulations to: All who entered the ring at the Walton Regional Livestock Show in June. Among the many winners was Brynne Backus, daughter of Lorinda and Brian Backus, Agricultural Program participants and watershed farm family (pictured at left).

August 5, 2011


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Emerald Ash Borer Community Awareness Workshop



August 4

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August 6 

Batavia Kill Streamside Celebration



August  6

Environmental Film Series



August  8

Trained Logger Certification: Game of Logging Level 2



August 8

Catskills CRAFT farm tour & Potluck


August 9

Renewable Energy Mini-Conference


August 11

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August 15-20

Delaware County Fair



August 19

CCE's 100th Anniversary Celebration



August 19-21

NYS Woodsmens' Field Days



August 19-25

Boy Scout Troop #163 100-year Anniversary Trek: Ashokan Reservoir to Central Park


August 24

Hands-on BMP Installation Workshop



August  25

Bard College Watershed Tour

Halcott Center


September 9-10

Clean Sweep 2011



September 22

Environmental Film Series

The Greenhorns



September 22

Local Government Day



September 27

Invasives in the Hudson Valley




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