“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.”
New Paltz Times | Nature & Environment
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.
Streamy McStreamface, take a back seat: There’s a new frontrunner in the contest to name the small waterway that passes behind the Rosendale Recreation Center on Route 32.
Nearly 100 scientists, agency representatives, elected officials, students and interested members of the general public gathered in the Student Union Building at SUNY New Paltz to share the latest information about the status of the watershed and what efforts are being pursued to improve water quality.
The Greenway Zero Waste Education and Composting Research Facility at Hurd’s Farm, 205 Hurds Road in Clintondale, will host a grand opening on Saturday, April 15 from 8 a.m. to noon.
The Shawangunk Ridge Biodiversity Partnership’s winter lecture series concluded last Thursday with “Fire on the Ridge,” a discussion of forest ecology and wildfire management with Gabe Chapin, forest ecologist with The Nature Conservancy, and Hank Alicandri, director of Sam’s Point in Minnewaska State Park Preserve.