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 http://www.thedailynewsonline.com/bdn03/john-neal-bradbury-20170821 .


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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