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The Skating Pond

This blog has quite thoroughly documented Vassar College’s relationship with the Casperkill Watershed,  mostly because of Vassar Lake and Sunset Lake which are part of it. But there is a little known part of the college campus that is also part of the watershed:  the skating pond. Off the beaten track of campus, the Skating […]

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One of the many reasons the Casperkill Watershed is so special is its diversity in land cover and use. The Watershed is made up of wooded, impervious, grass, fallow, and water land cover; and land use ranges from commercial to urban to farm to suburb to rural to the Vassar college campus. This diversity makes […]

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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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This winter has been one of the harshest in recent memory.  The battle to keep sidewalks, driveways, and roads cleared and safe for traveling has been raging for a few months now.
The following was adapted from Mary Ann Cunningham’s post on road salt at (http://www.dutchesswatersheds.org/research-topics/70-salting-the-earth)
Spreading salt on roads and walkways to reduce ice is a […]

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Join us this Sunday for a tour of the Casperkill watershed – the land area that drains into the Casperkill Creek.  After meeting at Vassar College, we’ll drive to several sites along the creek.  Student and faculty researchers from Vassar College will discuss the history of the watershed, results from water […]

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Check out our article, which was published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on Sunday, September 5 in the Environment section.

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In its middle reaches the Casperkill flows through about a mile of forested rolling hills on the Casperkill Golf course.  The picture above shows what this stretch of land looked like prior to the construction of the golf course.  This image was taken from Joyce C. Ghee and Joan Spence’s Poughkeepsie 1898-1998: A Century of […]

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