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Bottle Water A Brief History

San Francisco Baned bottled water and led the way to the end of one of the biggest marketing scams ever invented. With a few notable exceptions (like places where fracking is allowed) water in the United States is high quality and safe to drink. We in the Hudson Valley and Capitol District are especially blessed with some of the best drinking water in the world. Consider the largest scale marketing of the most abundant free resources on the planet! Great marketing hinging on our wish to be cool. In the 1970’s Perrier made it’s way to store shelves in my
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Funding for Your New Septic in the NYC Watershed

From our friends at the Catskill Watershed Corp: MARGARETVILLE, N.Y. For many folks, when you flush, shower or empty the kitchen sink, your worries about wastewater are over. Out of sight, out of mind. It either goes under the backyard, or into a municipal treatment system, where it become’s somebody else’s problem.  But in the New York City Watershed, a 1600-square-mile area of the Catskills where six big reservoirs collect precious water for nine million people in the City and its northern suburbs, wastewater is taken seriously: It’s important enough for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to allocate
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Hudson River Almanac: July 10 – 16, 2014

Compiled by Tom Lake, Hudson River Estuary Program Naturalist OVERVIEW Following the dire reports of no monarch butterfly sightings earlier this season, it was heartening to hear of what may be a resurgence, or just a tardy arrival. The American avocet continued its journey down the river, sighted in three more locations. The Hudson Valley’s immature eagles and ospreys advanced their stories as well. And those readers interested in seeing the river‘s fish at first hand should check out the schedule for the Great HudsonRiver Estuary Fish Count on August 2. HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK 7/10 – Putnam County, HRM 54: The fields at Copperhead Cut on East Mountain were
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Hudson River Almanac May 22 – 28, 2014

May 22 – 28, 2014 Compiled by Tom Lake, Hudson River Estuary Program Naturalist OVERVIEW We began to settle into a late-spring sampling of entries of flora and fauna in equal measure. The occasionally severe spring weather dropped a tornado in Schenectady County while a milder natural phenomenon showered the beach in Beacon in a blizzard of white. LATE REPORTS FROM LAST WEEK 5/20 – RamsHorn Swamp, HRM 112.5: On the fourth set of its 500-foot haul seine today, DEC’s Hudson River Fisheries Unit caught, among other species, 29 rudd – the largest number they had ever seen in a
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Hudson River Almanac May 15 – 21 2014

Compiled by Tom Lake, Hudson River Estuary Program Naturalist OVERVIEW The spring spawning run of river herring (and by association, American shad) continued. Bald eagle nests (minimally two dozen) along the watershed were busy with eaglets that were feathering out and growing larger day-by day, appetites included. The impressive spring northern migration of brant, tens of thousands of birds, began this week. HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK 5/17 – Orange County: Over the last two days, the Edgar A. Mearns Bird Club held its annual “Break 100,” a 24-hour day of birding, with a goal of merely enjoying a day with
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Public Invited to Comment on Scope of Environmental Assessment for Proposed Turbidity Control in Water Diverted From Ashokan Reservoir

Residents and environmentalists in the Hudson Valley have been concerned about turbidity in various water bodies ranging from the Ashokan to the Kensico Reservoirs. The DEC is putting together a draft scope of the Environmental Impact Statement for these water bodies and they want your input. From the DEC’s office: Comments are now being accepted on the draft scope for the Environmental Impact Statement to be prepared for methods to control turbidity in the portion of the New York City Watershed known as the Catskill Water Supply System and for the evaluation of potential impacts to both the Ashokan Reservoir,
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Hudson River Almanac March 1 – 6, 2014

Compiled by Tom Lake, Hudson River Estuary Program Naturalist OVERVIEW Ice boating was back on the Hudson River this week as a result of our extremely cold and snowy winter, and the efforts of experienced and energetic ice boaters. HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK 3/6 – Astor Point, HRM 97: In mid-afternoon we were sailing my iceboat Boreas off Astor Point where the iceboat fleet is now located. In the middle of the river we flushed a snowy owl that was sitting on the ice. It flew a few hundred feet and then landed on a snow hummock right in the middle of
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Hudson River Almanac December 5 – 12, 2013

December 5 – 12, 2013 Compiled by Tom Lake, Hudson River Estuary Program Naturalist OVERVIEW At this time of year, bird observations dominate the Almanac. Well-insulated and active, they stand out at backyard feeders and in the larger landscape. Among bird observations this week, the snowy owl irruption into the Northeast was again the major focus. In addition to those reported from the Hudson’s watershed, many reports were coming from peripheral areas such as Long Island and northern New Jersey. HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK 12/5 – Stanfordville, HRM 84: I had a female Oregon junco under my feeder today. Last
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DEC Serious About Stripers: Over $600 Worth in Fish Found in Restaurant

Fisherman Faces Misdemeanor for Having Illegal Striped Bass Over $600 Worth in Fish Found in Restaurant A Babylon pizzeria owner was served misdemeanor charges Sunday after being caught by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) with 60 pounds of striped bass that he was alegedly illegally selling through his restaurant. Captain Timothy Huss says that on October 16, State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) ECOs followed up on an anonymous tip about a village of Babylon pizzeria owner illegally selling striped bass. ECOs began surveillance at the business of Mr. Frank Genovas to determine whether the tip
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Hudson River Almanac October 8 – 14, 2013

Compiled by Tom Lake, Hudson River Estuary Program Naturalist OVERVIEW Our eleventh annual “Day in the Life of the Hudson River,” spanning the watershed, brought thousands of eager students to the estuary. HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK 10/11 – Crugers, HRM 39: A beautiful gray fox ran across the road today. At first I thought it was a red fox – the animal did have quite a bit of rusty color – but the black-tipped tail gave it away as the fox sprinted off into a neighbor’s yard. – Dianne Picciano NATURAL HISTORY NOTES 10/8 – Newcomb, HRM 302: A few
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