Spring is Here! (sort of)

While the OCWC has been busy during the winter months, it’s now that time of year when we pull on our boots and get outdoors. Here are a few things that that are going on in next couple of months!

Check out DEC’s new “Buffer in a Bag” initiative! As we posted on our Facebook page, this new addition to the “Trees for Tribs” program provides landowners a free bag of 25 bareroot trees and shrubs for planting in streamside areas. OCWC members can assist interested persons in their applications, and we’ll also help with planting activities if you need it! Applications are being accepted until April 23 before 3:00 PM.

Saturday April 6 will be a tree check at Oatka Creek Park in Scottsville. We will be removing any tubes and stakes that no longer have live plants in them. This is to prepare the site for everything that will be happening this year at the Park. We will be seeing a lot of activity with restoration work on trout & fish habitat by Trout Unlimited, the US Fish and Wildlilfe Service and NYSDEC , as well as a stream bank stabilization planting by Monroe County Parks. For the April 6 check, we will be meeting at 8:30 AM at the fisherman’s access off Union St.

Sunday April 28th we will again be hosting Monroe County’s Pick Up the Parks event at Oatka Creek Park in Scottsville. We will be meeting at the Oatka Lodge (entrance off Union St/Quaker Rd). The clean up goes from 9:00 AM to noon. Come join us for this fun and relaxing event. This year, lunch will be provided! For more information or to sign up, contact Maureen.

Saturday May 4 you will find OCWC celebrating Arbor Day and the opening day of the Little League in the Village of Caledonia! The Village’s tree organization will be planting a tree honoring Barry Ganzhorn, a vital force for Caledonia’s Mackay Park. There will be a tree walk, and the OCWC will be there with our information booth.

We will update you with more detailed news as these events get closer and new events are set. Look forward to WAVE training, the Genesee River Watch’s River Basin Summit, and you will again see us in July at the Village of LeRoy’s Oatka Festival.

Have a great Spring!

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WAVE Data 2018

Thanks to all you ‘WAVErs’ for all your hard work last year! From DEC WAVE Coordinator Alene Onion:

2018 WAVE Data

2018 WAVE Data

The 2018 WAVE samples have been processed, tallied, summarized, and posted. Everyone who submitted a WAVE sample should have received a personalized email with their sample results. All the data are compiled in a google map for general consumption on the WAVE “Forms and Data” web page: https://goo.gl/PgX2CM

Now comes the task of responding to the data. We are currently processing professional samples collected in 2018 at WAVE locations and we are also reviewing locations for this round of NYSDEC’s Waterbody Inventory updates (http://on.ny.gov/2IfK5Jp). I will send a notification once these assessments/updates are complete. Please email me your own stories of how the WAVE data have been used to address local issues.

Thank you and I look forward to another productive season in 2019!

Alene Onion
WAVE Coordinator
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-3502; wave@dec.ny.govwww.dec.ny.gov

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Saturday Drain Marking Event Cancelled

Due to likely wet conditions tomorrow morning and conflicts for volunteers, we are cancelling our storm drain marking event in the Village of LeRoy. We’ll keep you posted on when it will be rescheduled!

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Have Fun with Storm Drains Saturday, Sept. 22

The OCWC will be having another storm drain marking event in the Village of LeRoy this Saturday morning starting at 8:30AM. We’ll be meeting in the parking lot behind the United Methodist Church off Trigon Park /East Main St. It’s a fun activity.

Come join Us!

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Come Visit Us at the 30th Annual LeRoy Oatka Festival This Weekend July 14th & 15th!

We’ll be there with our ever popular macroinvertebrate display. You can see what’s happening with the bugs this year, as well as catching up on what the OCWC has been doing lately.

Please come see us!

 

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Oatka Creek Park Tree Check #2

Thanks to the five volunteers that came out in April to do maintenance work on the Balonek Farms planting site! Maureen reports that things looked pretty good.

Now it’s time for the second round of maintenance on the Oatka Creek Park Trees for Tribs sites! We will  again be inventorying the areas and collecting plastic weed mats, straightening and/or removing tubes, and generally cleaning up and tending to the trees and shrubs to make help ensure those planting survive and thrive!

Come Join Us!

Date: Thursday, June 7

Where: We will be meeting at the western-most trail access (NW end of Trout Run) off Scottsville Mumford Road on the North Side of the park.  The trail goes over the railroad tracks and leads straight to the old concrete bridge.   The planting is to the east of the bridge on the north side of the creek.

Time: 9:00 AM

What to bring:

  • hammer/mallet
  • zip-ties
  • knife
  • bottle(s) of drinking water
  • sun screen
  • insect repellent
  • waterproof boots
  • gloves
  • sharp hand pruners

What to expect:

Dress for the weather- bug spray, hat, work gloves, water bottle, and hammer will help.  Long pants and long sleeves are recommended due to the vegetation.

We will  be checking tubes to see if plants are growing or dead and will need a record on how many dead trees are encountered. We will remove tubes/stakes/ plastic weed mats from dead plants and realign and secure tubes and stakes for live plants. We will provide wood pellet bags for plastic weed mat disposal. Tubes and stakes are to be placed in piles and we will pick up & store these for other projects. If you  have any questions, please contact Pete at lent@frontiernet.net

Hope to see you there!

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Get Your Trees Here! HUGE OVERSTOCK!

This is a GREAT OPPORTUNITY!

Gary Koplun, DEC Region 8 Forester, passed along this info on bargain of all bargains!!!

via OCWC Vice-Chair Maureen L:


TREES! TREES! Get your trees here!

There is a new tree nursery in Newark, Wayne County. They have an oversupply of trees (a huge oversupply 10’s of thousands) this year. They are looking for ways to provide them cheap or donate to worthy causes. It’s a pretty good variety of trees and they’re container trees; mostly 1 gallon pots, from what I saw. The primary objective of the nursery is to grow stock for their mine reclamation projects in Virginia & West Virginia. For whatever reason, the stock they currently have won’t be shipped south. They don’t intend to repot them, so they need to find takers. If you or anyone else you know is interested, give Laura a call.

ERP Environmental Fund, Inc.
621 East Maple Avenue
Newark, New York 14513
Laura Bailey, Greenhouse & Nursery Manager
(315)332-8626 ext 100
lbailey@naturalbridgeva.com

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Saturday April 14 Tree Check at Oatka Creek Park

It’s time for some maintenance on the Oatka Creek Park Trees for Tribs sites! We will be inventorying the areas and collecting plastic weed mats, straightening and/or removing tubes, and generally cleaning up and tending to the trees and shrubs that our wonderful volunteers worked so hard to plant!

OCWC & Seth Green TU member Rick VenVertloh recently went out and did a preliminary assessment of the sites, and the good news is that he found that many of the standing tubes do have tree growth in them. However, areas right next to the Creek are still under water, so it was not possible to see the condition of plants there.  DEC Region 8 Forester Gary Koplun tells us that this last winter season was really tough in low riparian areas and flood plains and we might find some plants crushed from the repeated flooding and freezing causing ice to form on the protective tubes. He recommends pruning any heavily damaged seedlngs right back to the root flare, so bring your hand pruners just in case!

Come Join Us!

Date: Saturday, April 14

Where: We will be meeting at the Fisherman’s Parking Area off Union Street

Time: 9:00 AM

What to bring:

  • hammer/mallet
  • zip-ties
  • knife
  • bottle of drinking water
  • sun screen
  • insect repellent
  • waterproof boots
  • gloves
  • sharp hand pruners

What to expect:

There will be an initial overview of the maintenance activities and then we will get to work. We will  be checking tubes to see if plants are growing or dead and will need a record on how many dead trees are encountered. We will remove tubes/stakes/ plastic weed mats from dead plants and realign and secure tubes and stakes for live plants. We will provide wood pellet bags for plastic weed mat disposal. Tubes and stakes are to be placed in piles and we will pick up & store these for other projects. If you  have any questions, please contact Pete at lent@frontiernet.net

Hope to see you there!

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Back from Hiatus!

What’s new in 2018:

Last fall found the OCWC very busy working with the Black Creek Watershed Coaliton to plan & host a municipal workshop for county and municipal officials and planning boards. The focus of the workshop was to talk about the findings and recommendations in the two watershed management plans. We had a fairly good turn out, and plan to follow up (again jointly with BCWC) individually with watershed municipalities.

At the start of the year, George Squires retired from the OCWC board after many many years of service to concentrate on his work with BCWC-  he was a founding member of both groups, and is on the Executive Board of the Black Creek Watershed Coaliton. We will miss George at our monthly meetings, but look forward to continuing to work with him as we collaborate with our BCWC partners. Thanks for all your hard work over the years on behalf of the OCWC, George!

OCWC has many conservation activities planned for 2018, and to start off, we will be doing a maintenance check on our Trees for Tribs planting sites. The first of which is at Oatka Creek Park on April 14! We will be meeting at the fisherman’s parking lot at 9:00. We’ll keep you apprised of supplies needed for the check- so check back for further information! If you have any additional questions, please contact Pete at lent@frontiernet.net, or leave a message on our Facebook page!

This is the same day as the ‘Pick Up the Park’ at Oatka Creek Park this year, and for a change, Alfred State College Alumni will be hosting the clean up event instead of us. OCWC will still be participating  though, as we plan to pick up trash on the north side during our Tree Check.

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Fall Storm Marking Event in LeRoy

We will be finishing up this project in the Village by installing the remaining 94 drain medallions. Come join us!

Much thanks goes to Genesee SWCD & LeRoy’s Vic Blood Foundation for sponsoring this project!

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