July Update – Sampling has resumed with COVID protocols in place. Sampling must be done by pairs of volunteers belonging to the same household, they must be experienced samplers, and they must follow the new safety protocols developed by the Bard Water Lab.
May 7 Update – Letter to members with more info on working towards resuming sampling.
April 2020 Update – Letter to members, due to the ongoing pandemic the sampling program and all meetings are suspended.
Welcome to the online home of the Roe Jan Watershed Community. We’re here to monitor and enhance the Roeliff Jansen Kill, an important tributary of the Hudson River, mostly in southern Columbia county. The Roe Jan flows through the Columbia County towns of Hillsdale, Copake, Ancram, Gallatin, Clermont, Livingston, and Germantown, and one of the Roe Jan’s larger tribs flows through Pine Plains in Dutchess County.
The Roe Jan Watershed Community started as a citizen-science 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 the Columbia Greene chapter of 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. In 2017 we added several new sites, and initiated Student Sampling Day in May.
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.
The Roe Jan Watershed Community is a New York State not-for-profit corporation and was granted 501(C)(3) status in October of 2019.