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July is Dutchess Watershed Awareness Month

Photo by Leroy Williams

Organized by the partners of the Dutchess Watershed Coalition, Watershed Awareness Month encourages county residents to "take a peek at their creek."

For Beaconites, this is primarily Fishkill Creek that passes through Madam Brett Park and meets the Hudson near Dennings Point. The Fishkill Creek Basin, however, encompasses some 194 square miles of watershed. Development increases water runoff into streams and creeks, which of course empty into the Hudson. Since we live here, there's a lot we can do to protect the watershed that sustains us.

Fishkill Creek Week is July 19-26 and the DWC has planned a bevy of events to enjoy.

Adirondack Mountain Club Hike at Madam Brett Park
Saturday, July 11 Time: 10:30am
Location: Madam Brett Park, Beacon, NY
Hike along the lower Fishkill Creek where it meets the Hudson. We will see the dam which marks the site of Madam Brett’s 18th century mill, a waterfall, and views of the Southern Highlands from the water’s edge of a classic Hudson River marsh. After the hike, those interested may go on a tour of the Madame Brett Homestea, located about one mile away on VanNydeck Ave. Steady rain cancels the hike. Call or email trip leader Sue Mackson at least one day in advance to confirm attendance and the meeting place. Contact Sue, at 845-471-9892 or susiem6@juno.com.

Bird Walk with the Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club at Pond Gut
Wednesday, July 15, 8:00am
Location: Pond Gut, Pond Gut Road, LaGrangeville, NY
Join the Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club and learn more about birds in the Hudson Valley that frequent this area. A part of the Taconic-Hereford MUA, with separate access in the Town of LaGrange west of Verbank, Pond Gut contains varied habitat with a pond, stream, and trails. More information on this event will be available soon. Please click here for more information about the bird walk and detailed directions.

Adirondack Mountain Club Hike at Tymor Park
Sunday, July 19, Time: 10:00am
Location: Tymor Park, Unionvale, NY
The Mid-Hudson ADK hike along the Fishkill Creek will take us through woods, to Furnace Pond and the ruins of old kilns. Our hike will take us through wildflower meadows, returning to the fields beside the gorge. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the pavilion by the creek after the hike. Boats will be available on Furnace Pond by request. Meet at the Tymor Park parking lot in Union Vale at 10 am. Call or email to confirm and reserve a boat. Contact Lalita Malik, at 845-592-0204 or LalitaMalik@aol.com, to confirm.

The Fishkill Creek Festival – From Rain to River
Saturday, July 25, Time: 1:00-6:00pm
Location: Beacon Riverfront Park, Beacon, NY
Water is the life-blood of our planet and its streams, wetlands and underground waters help make life possible on the blue planet called Earth. The Fishkill Creek Watershed Committee, in partnership with the Beacon Sloop Club and others, have organized a free public event to celebrate the importance of fresh water in our lives. The festival will be on Saturday afternoon and early evening, July 25, 2009 at Beacon Riverfront Park starting at 1:00 PM. It will feature live music, environmentalists, artists and craft persons, local politicians and children’s activities. There will be arts and crafts for sale along with several food vendors. Please join us for an afternoon and evening of fun.

Fishkill Watershed Day with the Beacon Institute
Saturday, July 25, Time: Gallery open 11-5pm, Presenation at 1pm
Location: Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries Gallery and Beacon Headquarters, 199 Main Street, Beacon, NY
Visit the Beacon Institute’s Main Street Office and enjoy a presentation by Jim Heron, the Beacon Institute’s Project Historian, at 1pm. Also view the art exhibit Up River: Man-Made Sites of Interest on the Hudson from the Battery to Troy which is on display until October 2009. A portrait of the Hudson’s shores, Up River focuses on man-made sites rarely seen by those who travel along the river’s banks. The Up River exhibit is courtesy of The Center for Land Use Interpretation. More information about this event will follow.

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Tags: conservation, creek, fishkill, hudson, river, water, watershed

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Comment by Mark Roland on July 8, 2009 at 7:46am
Water is the new Coke.

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