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Archive for July, 2011

A healthy vs. an unhealthy watershed, image courtesy of http://www.dutchesswatersheds.org.
In the Northeastern United States, healthy watersheds share the same  basic characteristics:
Forested hillslopes, which are important because:

Trees shade the stream from the sun’s heat in the summer to keep water cool for fish
Fallen logs provide habitats for fish and other aquatic animals
Leaves and twigs fall into the […]

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In February 2009, the Vassar College Environmental Research Institute, the Cornell Cooperative Extension Environment Program, and the Casperkill Watershed Alliance researched and compiled a thorough report on the health of the Casperkill Creek. Students and faculty working with ERI (Vassar’s Environmental Research Instutitue) spent two years studying the creek and the watershed. This post is […]

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New archive footage unearthed for the sesquicentennial highlights Vassar students’ relationship with the Casperkill Watershed.
For Vassar’s 150th anniversary, three videos shot between 1930 and 1943 have been uploaded onto the Vassar YouTube channel. In each video from each period, students can be seen enjoying the Watershed through Sunset Lake and Vassar Lake in many ways. The […]

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The Dutchess Watershed Awareness Month Watershed Spirit
This is the first week of Dutchess Watershed Awareness Month! For the whole month of July, the Dutchess Watershed Coalition, is putting on events to raise awarness and appreciation of the watersheds of Dutchess County. There are events for the Tenmile River, Wappinger Creek, Fishkill Creek, the Northern Dutchess, […]

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