The Schoharie River Center, a nonprofit environmental educational organization will host a two day event to showcase and promote community advocacy in the Mohawk River Basin.
On Friday, October 2nd, the SRC’s Environmental Study Team Program will host a Watershed Data Jam with students from Duanesburg, Fort Plain, Mohonasen and Middleburgh high schools. From 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, the program will introduce students to watershed and stream assessment skills through hands-on activities including macro-invertebrate sampling, water chemistry testing and Forest and Riparian area study. Students will also present their own analysis of scientific data sets provided to them by their teachers at the beginning of the school year.
Student work will be presented on Saturday’s Field Day on October 3rd. The program will be open to the public and feature additional programs and exhibits throughout the day including a variety of outdoor, stream, and forest ecology learning activities. Local community based organizations involved in a wide range of environmental, artistic and community advocacy will also be present with information, displays and exhibits.
The featured presentation of the day will be the Community Keeper Award to Dam Concerned Citizens, a local grass roots organization based in Middleburgh, whose efforts to advocate for dam safety and the emergency repair and rebuilding of the Gilboa Dam by Manhattan has demonstrated tremendous dedication and effort to improve, protect and advocate for the health and safety of the residents of the Schoharie Valley.
Later in the afternoon, Maxine Cole, a member of the Akwesasne Task Force and the co-chair for the Research Advisory Committee for the ATFE, which has advocate for environmental and health issues along the St. Lawrence Seaway, will give a presentation. Afterwards, the Akwesasne Women singers will perform at 2:00 PM.
We hope to see you this weekend!