What’s happening on the Genesee River

Our friends at Genesee River Watch have a lot of upcoming events and activities that you may want to check out! Here are a couple:

Next Tuesday, on May 7th, will be the 6th Annual Genesee River Basin Summit. Find out what activities and initiatives have been happening in the Basin for improving water quality in the Genesee. The summit will have presentations from regional experts and give everyone a good opportunity for discussion. Register HERE

On Saturday, May 25th, there will be a Tree and Shrub planting event along Genesee River in the Town of Hume in Allegany County. Genesee River Watch and Edelweiss Farms have partnered to stablize a rapidly eroding riverbank along the Genesee. The first portion of the project has been completed; the banks have been graded to a more gradual slope and rock has been placed to protect the lower portion of the riverbank. Now it is time to plant 1600 trees and shrubs to complete the work. If you want more information, or would like to help, contact PETER LENT. No prior experience is necessary!

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Join Us on Sunday, April 28

Don’t Forget! This Sunday April 28th we will be picking up the Oatka Creek Park in Scottsville as part of Monroe County’s Pick Up the Parks event. We will be meeting at 8:30 AM to 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.

Though trash bags will be provided, you need to bring work gloves. Hats, boots, sunscreen and bug repellent are recommended. If you have a trash pick up tool, bring it along!

This year, lunch will be provided on site! For more information or to sign up, contact Maureen.

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Saturday, April 6, 8:30 AM Tree Check at Oatka Creek Park

Come join us this coming Saturday morning at Oatka Creek Park in Wheatland for a tree check! We will be working from 8:30 AM until Noon looking at the plantings done over the past couple of years to see what’s still alive and thriving. Where plants have died, we will be removing the tubes, stakes and mats. If the trees are alive, we will clean debris from around the them and replace the tree tube. We have quite a few to check so we would appreciate as much help as possible. If you will be new to this activity, we will pair you up with someone who is familiar with what we need to do, so you can learn the steps and what to look for. 

Where to go:

We will be meeting at 8:30 AM at the Park’s Fishing Access Parking area, off Union St. To get to there, take State Route 383 to Garbutt, just west of Scottsville, and turn south onto Union Street. After crossing the railroad tracks, take a right/west (about 200 ft. after railroad tracks) on to a dirt drive, which is the entrance to a NYS DEC Parking Area for Fishing Access to Oatka Creek Park.

General Area of Park
Location of Parking Area
Park Map

What to Bring:

Though weather predictions for Saturday indicate 55° and cloudy, we will be working if there is a light rain, or short showers. Rain is predicted for Friday, so it will be wet.

Wear clothing appropriate for the weather – waterproof boots are a necessity! Work gloves too!

A hammer or rubber mallet is also needed, as tubes are anchored with wooden or bamboo stakes and these will need to be straightened and pounded into ground.

Besides outdoor wear, boots, gloves and a hammer, some other supplies that might come in handy are:

  • utility knife
  • bottle(s) of water for you to drink
  • bug repellent and/or sun screen
  • clippers or grass shears
  • hand trowel

Be sure to label your tools!

For more information, or to tell us you’re planning on helping, please contact Pete!

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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!


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

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