Reminder! Prescription Drug Collection TODAY

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Today until 2:00PM – The federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will hold a prescription drug collection.  Properly disposing of drugs keeps them out of our lakes, streams and rivers. Collections will be held at many locations with two listed in the Oatka Watershed: Village of LeRoy Police Department, 3 W. Main, LeRoy, NY 14482 and Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, 151 North Main St., Warsaw, NY 14569.  Other collection locations in New York can be found on the DEA’s website HERE.

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Saturday, Let’s Pick up Oatka Creek Park!

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It’s That time!

Where to go!

What to bring!

What to do!

Looks like the weather is supposed to be good! We will be meeting at the at the Park Lodge off the main entrance from Union St. at 9:00AM.

From the Monroe County Parks website ‘Day of Details’:PUPDofD1 PUPDOD2 PUPDOD3

Hope you join us!

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Oatka Fisheries Habitat Project – Volunteers Needed May 21

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Photo from Democrat & Chronicle. Pictured left to right: Susan Maney, Mark Quinn, Peter Lent, Gary Koplun, Matt Sanderson, Steve Leupold, and Kim Falbo.

OCWC is partnering with the Seth Green Chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU) and several other local fly fishing groups, along with Monroe County Parks, and New York DEC on a protection and restoration effort: the “Oatka Creek Fish Habitat Assessment and Monitoring Project”.  Trout Unlimited has applied and received a grant for the project from retailer, Orvis. The project seeks to improve and monitor the portion of the Oatka trout fishery within the Oatka Park. This will include installing protective cover structures within the creek, improving and stabilizing the riparian corridor, and assessment of fish habitat, followed by long-term evaluation & monitoring.  See this article in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.

OCWC will be coordinating the “Trees for Tribs”/riparian corridor restoration portion of the effort. The Park area is within the the 10 mile corridor that has been targeted for new cover plantings to replace the projected loss of current  ash tree canopy that will come about from the now active infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer. As well as heading up that “Trees for Tribs” piece, Pete will be lending his expertise to the assessment/monitoring portion of the joint project.

We will be needing Volunteers to plant 1500 Trees on May 21st! More information will be posted here as the date approaches. If you have questions, you can contact Pete at

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News from our friends at DEC



Drug Enforcement Administration to Collect Prescription Drugs

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will conduct a nationwide prescription drug collection on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Properly disposing of drugs keeps them out of our lakes, streams and rivers. Collections will be held at many locations around New York and are the best way to dispose of unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Collection locations in New York can be found on DEA’s National Take Back Initiative webpage.

(Note from OCWC: We highly recommend checking out the above website as there are a few sites listed in and around the watershed, but many are being added daily!! Find one that’s most convenient to you!)


EPA Funding Available to Prevent Plastic Trash in New York Waters

The EPA has provided $365,000 to the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) to fund local projects that will prevent plastic trash from polluting waterbodies in New York and New Jersey. More information, including the request for proposals and how to apply, can be found on the NEIWPCC website.


Also, a reminder for the Thursday, April 14 webinar on the GIS landscape assessment tool! If you are interested in participating, please contact:

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Pick Up the Parks – Saturday, April 23

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The OCWC will again be hosting the clean-up at Oatka Creek Park in Scottsville on April 23rd.  We will meet at the Lodge off the main entrance from Union St. and get things going at 9:00AM. We’ll all meet back up around noon. Please find forms to register for the event on-line at . Forms will also be available at the Park. If you have any questions, you can drop Maureen a line at:

We suggest you:

–       Wear weather-appropriate clothing and footwear (boots, hat, dress in layers).

–       Bring your favorite pair of work gloves.

–       Bring a pick-up-stick, garbage-grabber, or even a pair of old tongs.

–       Bring Water bottle and/or coffee mug. Water jugs will be available to refill bottles.

Hope to see you there!! Keep your fingers crossed that the weather will be as beautiful as it was last year!!


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