September 14 Storm Drain Marking Event – Village of LeRoy

Get your calendars out!

The OCWC will be having another storm drain marking event in the Village of LeRoy on Saturday, September 14th. We will meet starting at 8:30AM and work until Noon. We’ll be gathering in the parking lot behind the United Methodist Church on Trigon Park off East Main St. It’s a fun activity.

Come join us in helping keep the Oatka Clean!

Contact Pete for more information or to sign up.

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Bad Bug

This is the spotted lanternfly. This invasive insect prefers the also invasive Tree of Heaven, but also feeds on apple, plum cherry, peach and nectarine fruit trees and grape and hop vines. If you see this bug report it to DEC at

For more information, see or you can see the summer newsletter from our friends at the Genesee County Soil & Water Conservation District!

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Congratulations, Maureen!

Congratulations to OCWC’s very own Vice-Chair, Maureen Leupold, for being awarded “Conservationist of the Year 2018” by Monroe County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD)!

She has also been commended for this award by the Monroe County Legislature with a Certificate of Recognition!

We know her for her role on the OCWC’s Board of Directors, and one of the admins for our face book page, but that is only two of her many roles. After retiring from her position as the Chair of the Biology Department at Genesee Community College, Maureen was appointed Member at Large on Monroe County’s SWCD Board, and later, Director for Division II of the New York Association of Conservation Districts (NYACD) representing Monroe, Wayne, Ontario, Cayuga, Onondaga, Livingston, Yates and Seneca Counties.

She is being honored by Monroe SWCD for:

” your dedication to the Monroe County Soil & Water Conservation District’s Conservation Tree & Shrub program, as well as the Envirothon & Conservation Field Days youth education programs; your remarkable effort in promoting natural resources conservation locally particularly in the Oatka Creek watershed; and  your outstanding accomplishments in conservation & preservation of soil & water resources by assisting to implement conservation projects for riparian corridor enhancement & water quality improvement locally.”

And the Monroe County Legislature proclaims:

“Maureen has earned this award by demonstrating remarkable and enduring efforts promoting natural resource conservation locally. She has shown an outstanding use of knowledge in improving the delivery of programs that preserve and conserve local natural resources. Maureen has also made outstanding accomplishments in conservation and preservation of soil and water resources. Maureen shows a passion for the environment and for educating others on how to care for it.”

We couldn’t agree more!

To our committee, Maureen is a good friend and an amazing resource. Besides sharing her already formidable scientific, environmental and teaching knowledge, she keeps the OCWC up-to-date on the latest news and information she learns from the many meetings, workshops, conferences and events she attends. She also is a dedicated volunteer who rarely, if ever, misses an opportunity to participate in work projects, such as Trees for Tribs plantings, WAVE monitoring, storm drain markings and farmers’ market booths (to name a few). For many years she has organized OCWC sponsorship for Monroe County’s Pick Up the Parks, and American Littoral Society clean up events. – in other words, “She walks it like she talks it”!

Thanks Maureen for all you do! and it’s awesome that you have been recognized for it!

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