Welcome to the online home of the Roe Jan Watershed Community. We’re here to protect and enhance the Roeliff Jansen Kill, an important tributary of the Hudson River, mostly in southern Columbia county.
The Roe Jan Watershed Community started as a project to sample the Roe Jan, so we would have a better idea of its condition. Using Riverkeeper for guidance, and the Bard Water lab for assistance and testing, and with strong support from Trout Unlimited, the first sampling was in May of 2016 and continued monthly for five more months. In 2016 we sampled fourteen sites along the 50+ mile length of the Roe Jan, from north of Hillsdale all the way to the mouth of the Roe Jan, in between Germantown and Livingston, including 3 sites on the banks of the Hudson. For 2017 we’ve added a couple of new sites, and we’re planning to have students do the sampling the first day, May 13th. Here is our 2017 sampling schedule.
As a young watershed group, we’re in need of just about everything. We need people to help with the sampling. We’d like to increase our outreach. We need both funds and fundraisers. We need some technical skills, like running a WordPress website, or working with a bulk email program. Know how to write a grant, you’re granted permission to get in touch. If you care about the environment in southern Columbia County (NY), please use the “Get Involved” link at the top of this page to let us know.