The $18,500 grant will be used to manage invasive species.
New Paltz Times | Nature & Environment
While the Wallkill is likely never going to be as bad off as the Cuyahoga River in Ohio, which actually caught fire in 1969, it’s got more than enough problems of its own, including harmful algae blooms.
Water is a resource which must be managed and protected to ensure that this remains the case. That’s the crux of what a variety of experts agreed during a public forum on campus called “Our Drinking Water Challenges: Infrastructure, Local Water and Protecting Open Space.”
Rattlesnakes on the Ridge, Reviving the American Chestnut, Citizen Science in the Hudson Valley and Raptors on the Ridge will be the topics of this year’s series. Lectures are held each Thursday in February at 7 p.m.; three at SUNY New Paltz and one at SUNY Ulster.
“When you put a face to an issue, it’s far easier to empathize with what’s going on. That is what we are trying to evoke out of the spectators.”
Did you know people used to swim in the Wallkill? To raise awareness of the environmental issues plaguing the river and to get more people involved in their work to clean it up, the Wallkill River Watershed Alliance is hosting the inaugural Wallkill River Festival this Saturday, October 7 from 2-6 p.m. at New Paltz Gardens for Nutrition.
Heralded by a bright orange safety flag, a tall purple Japanese banner and a light blue “Water Walk for Life” banner, a dozen walkers led by Buddhist nun Jun Yasuda entered New Paltz on day five of their 170-mile, 13-day walk, carrying drums and “Stop Pilgrim Pipelines” signs.
Plagued by high levels of bacteria and chemicals from sewage discharges and runoff, the poor health of the Wallkill was evidenced by a bright green, toxic algal bloom last summer which lasted some 80 days before dying off.
Cyclists are unfairly and constantly demonized, especially any who wear spandex, according to a Highland resident writing in response to calls for police to monitor the rail trail for cyclists traveling at high speeds.
The six-mile loop trail will lead directly from the Village of New Paltz to the Mohonk Preserve and the Shawangunk Ridge.