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Casperkill – Fall Kill Creek Week to take place in Poughkeepsie, July 12-17, 2010.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY - The Fall Kill Watershed Committee (with support from Hudson River Sloop Clearwater) and the Casperkill Watershed Alliance (coordinated by the Vassar College Environmental Research Institute) announce the third annual Creek Week, which will take place on July 12-17, 2010. 

Events planned for the week will raise awareness of our creeks and the Hudson River, as well as the land that drains into our streams, wetlands, and groundwater. This year's Casperkill - Fall Kill Creek Week is once again a part of the larger Dutchess Watershed Awareness Month (WAM) being organized by the Dutchess Watershed Coalition, of which both watershed organizations are members.

"Creek Week is the perfect time for residents to learn about the water resources in their communities through a diversity of family-friendly, free events that focus on education and awareness," said Jennifer Rubbo, Clearwater's Fall Kill Watershed coordinator. "Families can learn about the impacts of stormwater, the history of the Creeks, or get more hands-on and clean up a spot in their community."

Highlights of the week include a walk along the creek in the City of Poughkeepsie to the Walkway Over the Hudson on Tuesday, July 13 at 4:00pm.  The walk will be led by the city's assistant engineer Joe Chenier and local author, historian, and Vassar professor emeritus Harvey Flad, who will discuss the impact the city currently has on the creek and the very important role the creek played in the establishment of the city of Poughkeepsie. 

On Thursday, July 15 at 7:30pm a film screening will take place at Café Bocca in the City of Poughkeepsie.  The event will be a free showing of the film FLOW and selections from A Journey in the History of Water.  The screening is part of a series of film screenings taking place across the county during the month.

On Saturday, July 17 at 1:00pm, a "build-your-own" rain barrel workshop will take place at the newly opened Fall Kill Partnership Gardens, located in the back of the Family Partnership Center, 29 N. Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie.  Rain barrels capture runoff from rooftops during storms to use later to water one's lawn, garden, or potted plants. Participants of the workshop will have the opportunity to build their own rain barrel that they will then take home, ready to install, at the end of the workshop. Three other Rain Barrel Building Workshops will take place throughout the month of July in Rhinebeck, Pawling, and Beacon. The registration fee for the workshops is $15. Spaces are limited. To register, contact Vicky at vcb4@cornell.edu or (845) 677-8223, ext. 153.

Hudson River Housing's Middle Main Revitalization will also be participating in the week with an opening reception for their two-week art and cultural exposition titled Open House Poughkeepsie.  The reception will take place at Clinton House on Friday, July 16 from 5:00-7:00pm.  Art exhibits created using inspiration from the June 5th clean up of the Fall Kill will be on display in Main Street storefronts during the two-week period.  As part of Open House Poughkeepsie, on Saturday, July 17 at Barrett Clay Works there will be an opening reception for a water-inspired art exhibit by Kirsten Olsten at 6:00pm and a welding demonstration by Humberto Rodriguez Maya using salvaged material from the Fall Kill at 7:00pm.

Several guided walks are also planned for the week to encourage people to get out and explore the creek and watershed while learning some new information at the same time. On Friday, July 16, archeologist and Vassar College professor Lucy Johnson will lead a history walk at Maple Grove in the Town of Poughkeepsie and discuss the Native American presence in the region. On Saturday, July 17, members of the Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club will lead a walk at the Vassar College Farm and Ecological Preserve and provide information about resident bird species. 

"The actions we take on our land-the watershed-directly impact the quantity and quality of water in our groundwater, lakes, and streams," said Carolyn Klocker, environmental educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County. "With concern over flooding and water quality increasing throughout the county, educational programs and hands-on events such as those occurring during Watershed Awareness Month are necessary to forge a connection between residents and give them an opportunity to understand the impacts they have on the land and estuaries in their community."

About Watershed Awareness Month

Organized by the Dutchess Watershed Coalition, Watershed Awareness Month (WAM) will offer 40 family-friendly events to improve the understanding and awareness of local watershed issues. The majority of Dutchess WAM activities events are free and all are open to the public. This year, the Dutchess Watershed Coalition is challenging residents to look at our local watersheds in new and different ways with the theme: Windows on Your Watershed. Going on a bird walk or paddle, building your own rain barrel to help manage stormwater, or learning about the science and biodiversity of streams are only a few examples of ways to view our local watersheds from a different perspective. For a complete list of Dutchess WAM events, visithttp://dutchesswam.com.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County provides equal program and employment opportunities. The programs provided by this agency are partially funded by monies received from the County of Dutchess.

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Posted by Office of Communications Friday, July 2, 2010