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, 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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Free October Municipal Watershed Management Plan Workshop

Free Workshop for Black Creek and Oatka Creek Watershed Municipalities

Find out How the Watershed Plans can Work For YOU!

Free Workshop
Two Hours of Training Credits Available to Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals Members
Sandwiches provided

OCWC will be joining with the Black Creek Watershed Coalition (BCWC)  to host a free workshop for municipalities throughout both watersheds to present findings & recommendations of the two Watershed Management Plans.

The workshop will provide municipal specific information packets to help better assist Black and Oatka Creek watershed municipal boards and departments in accessing the information contained in the plans, and will also give direction on what agencies can be of assistance in reaching goals.


WHAT:      Municipal Workshop – Introduction to the Watershed Management Plans for Black & Oatka Creeks

WHEN:      October 30, 2017 – 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

WHERE:    Town of Stafford Town Hall – 8903 Morganville Rd (State Route 237), Stafford, NY 14143

This workshop was made possible with funding from our friends at the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Genesee, Monroe, and Wyoming counties, as well as the Finger Lakes-Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance  (FL-LOWPA).

Registration requested. Questions?  You can contact Pete or George!

*Please note: This workshop is geared toward information specific to the Black Creek & Oatka Creek Watershed Municipalities. There is limited admission and preference will be given to municipalities located in the two watersheds as well as representatives from County, state, and local  agencies that are specifically listed as partners in the  Watershed Management Plans for the two watersheds.

We will be keeping you updated on this program!

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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grant Received by Monroe SWCD!

Thanks to the hard work of Josh LaFountain back in March, the Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District has been selected for funding by the EPA for a project that will provide supplemental planting of about 20,000+ new trees to replace ash trees in EAB affected areas of Monroe County parks & public land and New York State parks throughout Monroe County.

Be sure to check back for updates this project. We’ll keep you posted!


Congrats, Josh!




Josh at Balonek tree planting spring 2016
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Goodbye, Jack

We were so sorry to hear about the death of the wonderful Jack Bradbury. Pete told us the news a few weeks ago:

Hello Everyone:


It is with a heavy heart that I notify you of the recent passing of the first Chair of the Oatka Creek Watershed Committee, Jack Bradbury.  

His obituary can be viewed at .


I met Jack several times, most were brief meetings, usually when he and Lana stopped by the Committee’s display booth at the Village of LeRoy’s Oatka Festival.  Overtime these meetings became less frequent as Jack battled health concerns.  But I did have one opportunity a couple of years ago to spend over an hour with Jack and Lana on the patio outside of their Stone House. I think I was very fortunate to have been able to catch glimpses of Jack’s passion and concern for Oatka Creek as well as for environmental well-being of the community he lived in. He played a very important role in establishing the Committee  and his  dedication was critical in achieving early milestones for the Committee, including our incorporation as a not for profit organization, our approval for tax exempt status, and in 2003, the first comprehensive report on the Oatka Creek Watershed, the “The State of the Basin Report” by Tim Tatakis.  Jack will certainly be missed by the entire Committee. Thank You Jack for showing us the way.


We will indeed miss him. He was a primary force behind the creation of the OCWC, and guided us wisely through those early years. He continued to be a source of support after his retirement from active committee work. Our vision statement came from Jack’s words at an early meeting: “To preserve the pristine character and water quality now present in Oatka Creek for future generations” and a photo he took of the creek bank in LeRoy adorns the cover of our “Oatka Guide”.

He will be sorely missed.

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Visit OCWC this weekend at the LeRoy Oatka Festival




Stop by our booth at the 29th annual LeRoy Oatka Festival, July 15th & 16! We will have our ever popular macro-invertebrate display, and you can see what projects we have been up to lately.

You can find us along the walk in front of the Woodward Memorial Library. Village of LeRoy residents (and others!) who come with pictures of storm drains they have ‘adopted’ and cleaned up, can claim a thank you prize from us!

We look forward to a fun weekend – Hope to see you there!

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Another Storm Drain Marking Event in LeRoy!

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iMapInvasives Training Workshop – July 12

Pete received this information on a summer workshop to learn about some technology in the fight against invasive species in New York State. Come hangout at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge to learn what you can do. It’s FREE and the cool tool also works on your smartphone!


Training Workshop

In support of New York State Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW), join us to enhance your capacity to identify, document, and control invasives in your community while exploring your local Refuge!

Wednesday, July 12 , 2017 ● 10:00 am to ~4:00 pm


Pre-registration is required (by June 30, 2017)

Hosted at: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

1101 Casey Road, Basom, NY 14013 (map below)


General Itinerary: 

  • 10:00 ● Welcome & Introduction to Iroquois NWR & NYISAW
  • 10:30 to ~12 noon ● Invasive Species 101 + iMapInvasives 101
  • 12 noon to 12:30 ● Lunch (lunch is not provided)
  • 12:30 ● Review iMapInvasives 
  • 1:00 to ~4:00 ● Invasive Species Removal Project


Topics will include:

  • Why invasive species are a threat,
  • WNY target species,
  • Basic invasive plant identification,
  • Management techniques,
  • Emerging invasives,
  • What you can do to STOP THE INVASION!

For more information and to register, please contact: 

Eli Polzer at; (585)948-5445 x7056

Regional Partners: 



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More info for Saturday Tree Planting at GCV&M

Melissa gave us the specifics for Saturday’s event:

Hello All,

Thank you for your interest in joining Genesee Country Village & Museum for our Trees for Tributaries tree planting event on Saturday, May 6.  Here are some additional details for the day.

  • We will meet at 9 AM on the museum’s Oatka Property (entrance directly across from main museum entrance).  There will be signs that say Trees for Tributaries Parking to help direct you.  Please follow the signs to park.
  • Bring a shovel, work gloves and water/lunch.
  • Dress for the weather and be prepared with rain gear.  It calls for on and off rain on Saturday so dress accordingly and think sunshine! I’m optimistic, the weather meteorologists are wrong quite often.  Maybe it will be nice out!
  • We may encounter poison ivy, mosquitoes, stinging nettles and ticks.  Please wear long pants and if you normally apply insect repellent, that might be a good thing to have on hand.  We will lead a tick check at the end of the planting.  Something we have become accustomed to doing at the museum’s nature center in recent years.  Not to scare anyone off just want you spread awareness and do the best we can to keep everyone safe.

Thank you for your help.  We all look forward to getting our young trees and shrubs in the ground.
See you soon,

“Inspiring excitement and curiosity about the past and an appreciation for its relevance today.”

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Get Ready!

Come help plant trees along the Oatka Creek this Saturday. Join us at the Genesee Country Village & Museum where we’re restoring an area where trees had to be taken down due to damage by Emerald Ash Borer.


Genesee Country Village & Museum Property on the north side of Flint Hill Road, Mumford NY – More information on parking will be available soon.


This Saturday, May 6 at 9:00 AM until we are done!

What to bring:

Tools to bring with you if you have them:

  • shovel and/or spade
  • planting bar
  • Pick axe and/or mattock tool
  • Hard rubber hammer, claw hammer and/or medium size ballpeen hammer
  • utility knife
  • empty 5-gallon buckets with handles
  • rake

Don’t forget to label your tools for easy identification.

And for yourself:

  • boots
  • work gloves
  • insect repellent
  • sunscreen
  • water & lunch

You might want to wear some rain gear, as according to the NOAA, there is a 90% chance of “occasional rain or drizzle” in Mumford on Saturday.  And don’t forget that bug repellent – the ticks are especially bad this year!

To volunteer or for more information, contact Melissa at




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