Name that stream in Rosendale

The Town of Rosendale is looking for a name for the tiny waterway that passes behind the Rosendale Recreation Center on Route 32. (photo by Lauren Thomas)

The Town of Rosendale is looking for a name for the tiny waterway that passes behind the Rosendale Recreation Center on Route 32. According to Chris Pryslopski, the town board’s liaison to the Rosendale Environmental Conservation Commission (ECC), the group recently researched the stream as part of developing a plan to plant saplings for erosion protection along its banks under the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)’s “Trees for Tribs” program. That study revealed that, according to DEC mapping, the waterway is officially an “unnamed tributary.” “We’ll put trees on our tributary, and a name, possibly,” Pryslopski said at the February 8 town board meeting.

Councilman John Hughes cautioned that a traditional name for the stream might already exist, and that people with long memories about local history ought to be consulted before the ECC takes any steps to choose a new name. “People probably did call it something,” he said. Pryslopski offered to talk to town historian Bill Brooks about the matter before encouraging the ECC to assign its own name to the tributary.

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