Tree Planting Volunteers Needed


MAY 30 and JUNE 6, 2020

We need to plant 500 trees soon and could use help! The Oatka Creek Watershed Committee has been asked by the Monroe County Soil & Water Conservation District to plant 500 trees within the next 4 weeks. We plan to plant the trees in two locations next to Oatka Creek.

1st EVENT:

WHERE: Oatka Creek Park

DATE: Saturday, MAY 30, 2020 (RAIN DATE is Saturday JUNE 6)

TIME: 8:30 AM to 12:00 Noon

TOOLS TO BRING: Digging tools (Shovel, spade or planting bars), Pick axes, Mattock tools, empty 5 gallon buckets w/handles 

WHAT TO WEAR: Long sleeves and pants highly recommended, waterproof boots, work gloves & a mask or face covering (See Special Note Below)

OTHER SUPPLIES:  Insect repellent, sunscreen, water & lunch

Label your gear for easy identification!

We will meet at the Fishermen’s Access Point Parking Area, on the north side of Oatka Creek. Coming south on Union Street from the intersection of Union Street and Scottsville-Mumford Rd. (NYS Rte. 383) , the entrance to parking area is on the right side of Union Street between the railroad crossing and the bridge over  Oatka Creek.

2nd EVENT:

WHERE: Town of Wheatland

DATE: Saturday, June 6, 2020 OR Saturday, June 13 (RAIN DATE is Saturday, June 20).

More details on this second event will be provided at a later date

  • Volunteers need no prior experience. We will provide instruction on planting techniques.
  • The planting area will be divided into sections, with each section having an experienced volunteer to provide guidance.  

SPECIAL NOTE: These events will meet CDC guidelines and NYS Pause requirements for risk mitigation of Covid-19.  As an outdoor activity within an undeveloped area of a park, tree planting provides sufficient space for maintaining the necessary social distance to meet the guidelines.

Trees will be planted at least 20 feet from each other. Each tree will be planted by a single volunteer, or members of a cohabitating family group. All participants are required to have with them face masks/face coverings.

When should you wear your mask?:

  • While in the parking area
  • While walking along the main path that parallels Oatka Creek and if you are within 10 feet of the path
  • If you want to speak to someone and will need to be closer than 10 ft. of each other. Make sure before you come within the 10 feet to talk, you allow time for each of you to get your masks/face coverings on!

If you are interested in helping on either or both planting events or have questions, please contact Peter Lent

Planting Guides

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OCWC Zoom Meeting May 18

Our next Oatka Creek Watershed Committee will be Monday evening, May 18, via Zoom conferencing software (it worked out pretty well for us in April!). All interested folks can attend! All you need is a smart phone or computer, and a download of Zoom software/app. If you are interested in participating, contact Pete for meeting information!

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules Permits Required under Clean Water Act Includes “functional equivalent” of Direct Discharge

In a 6 -3 decision, the Court ruled that discharge that moves through ground water requires a permit. See this article for a summary.

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Meeting Changes

In support of New York State’s health guidelines on COVID-19, The OCWC will be holding our monthly meetings on-line using Zoom conferencing software. The meetings are still open to the public.

Anyone who wishes to participate should download the free Zoom software/app and contact Pete at: so he can send you an invitation to participate.

We hope this works out for everyone!

Stay safe & healthy!

Please check our Facebook page for the latest information.

Our tentative 2020 Schedule is:

January 27, 2020

February 24, 2020

March 16, 2020 cancelled

April 20, 2020

May 18, 2020

June 15, 2020

July 20, 2020

August 17, 2020

September 21, 2020

October 19, 2020

November 16, 2020

December 21, 2020

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Saturday September 21 Marking Event is ON!!

Yes! Tomorrow, September 21, we will be marking storm drains in the Village of LeRoy.

Meeting place is the parking lot off Trigon Park, behind the United Methodist Church at about 8:30 AM. All supplies are provided. We will work until about noon. See recent posts for more detail.

Hope you can join in!

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Fish Habitat Project in Oatka Creek Park

Here are some pictures Chairman Pete sent along of the joint trout habitat project. Participating in this effort are Seth Green Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Monroe County Parks, NYDEC and US Fish & Wildlife. OCWC has been helping by planting trees in the area. You can find more information (and pictures) of the project our (and Seth Green TU’s) Facebook pages at : and

Stream bank -in August
Placing root balls
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Tomorrow’s Event Postponed

We’re Rescheduling Storm Drain Marking!

Due to what most likely will be wet conditions, we will be postponing the event. Check back soon for new date.

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Reminder: Village of LeRoy Storm Drain Marking Event Saturday!

Time to get back out and mark those drains!

Weather permitting, this Saturday, Sept. 14 we will meet to finish marking the storm drains in the Village of LeRoy. Please see the previous post for details. It’s a fun event, so hope you can join us!

If the weather doesn’t cooperate, we might have to reschedule. So please check back here or visit our Facebook page for updates!

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September 14 Storm Drain Marking Event – Village of LeRoy

Get your calendars out!

The OCWC will be having another storm drain marking event in the Village of LeRoy on Saturday, September 14th. We will meet starting at 8:30AM and work until Noon. We’ll be gathering in the parking lot behind the United Methodist Church on Trigon Park off East Main St. It’s a fun activity.

Come join us in helping keep the Oatka Clean!

Contact Pete for more information or to sign up.

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Bad Bug

This is the spotted lanternfly. This invasive insect prefers the also invasive Tree of Heaven, but also feeds on apple, plum cherry, peach and nectarine fruit trees and grape and hop vines. If you see this bug report it to DEC at

For more information, see or you can see the summer newsletter from our friends at the Genesee County Soil & Water Conservation District!

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