2019 Sampling Schedule

DateDownstream SamplersUpstream Samplers
May 11thJH+ BHDO + PO
June 15thKK + WFJM + JM
July 13thACHF + JF
August 10thMO + KOJD
Sept. 14thJO + JOMK + CL
Oct. 12thJB + FACE and JP
In the table we used initials for privacy.

Seven to ten days prior to the sampling date, we’ll start organizing the equipment drop off. Details vary slightly between downstream and upstream, but in both cases everyone involved will get connected on an email thread, and we’ll work out the details of a convenient time/place for the gear to be dropped off.

Last year we changed the routine so that the upstream and downstream teams meet at 11 am at the Elizaville Diner, and then upstream hands off their gear and samples to downstream, for delivery to Bard Water Lab. This has worked well, so we are continuing this year. Also new last year was dippers, to make it easier to sample from shore without waders, and buckets (upstream only) to sample from bridges. On the day of sampling, you will need to get ice for the supplied cooler.

The sampling kit includes a sampling book (downstream book; upstream book), which contains detailed instructions, a form to place your observations, plus maps and information about each sampling location. It would be good to get familiar with that book prior to the sampling day. Also before you go, look at the online sampling map, which lets you zoom into each sampling location, to help you see how you would drive there.

Spring 2019 Meeting Announcement

The Roe Jan Watershed Community Spring Meeting will be Sunday, April 28 at 1pm at the Old Klaverack Brewery (150 Thielman Rd Hudson). The brewery opens to the public immediately after our meeting. The 2019 sampling dates are

  • May 11
  • June 15
  • July 13
  • Aug 10
  • Sept 14
  • Oct 12

We’ll briefly go over 2018 sampling results for both the Entero sampling and WAVE sampling, and have signups and training for 2019 Roe Jan sampling.

The main speaker at the meeting will be Conrad Vispo of the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology program. His presentation is titled  “Waterways through some Insect Eyes” and it promises to be a beautiful and interesting talk about dragonflies and how they relate to waterways.

We’ll also have the latest on counting eels, and signups for several opportunities to help plant trees as part of Trees for Tribs

  • The Empire Rd Trees for Tribs, June 1, 10am, organized by Columbia Greene Trout Unlimited (Use the Comment Form to register)
  • Roeliff Jansen Park in Hillsdale , NY 12529 May 11th and 12th
    10-1. We are planting 80 shrubs along Roeliff Jansen Creek with Hillsdale Conservation Advisory Committee and citizens concerned  about water health and keeping it public. Please call Mary King at 518-380-4681 for details and bring boots, shovel, water to drink. 

Roe Jan 2018

Riverkeeper just put together their summary of the Roe Jan in 2018, based on the sampling done by RJWC citizen science volunteers monthly May through October at 14 sites. And again, the Roe Jan has some of the lowest Entero counts in the Hudson Valley. In wet weather, sites sometimes exceed the EPA criteria, but in dry weather, the Roe Jan shows that a major Hudson trib can meet the EPA criteria for safe water contact. Pay close attention to the fourth page, which summarizes our three years of sampling on the Roe Jan.

2018 Data Charts - ROE JAN DRAFT v3

New Board, Officers and Bylaws

On Oct 27 bylaws for the Roe Jan Watershed Community were adopted, followed by the election of a board of directors and officers. The board members are

  • Colleen Lutz
  • Conrad Vispo
  • Dan Odell
  • Ellen Jouret-Epstein
  • Jamie Purinton
  • Kaare Christian
  • M. Elias Dueker
  • Michael Hamilton

And the new officers are

  • President: Kaare Christian
  • Vice President: Michael Hamilton
  • Secretary; Dan Odell
  • Treasurer: Jaia Orient

Later on the 27th the RJWC had a general meeting at Sloop Brewery, featuring Keith Pilgrim talking about “Why monitor: designing monitoring to protect riverine ecosystems.”

2018 Sampling Schedule

DateDownstream SamplersUpstream Samplers
May 12thJH and KKMK and DF
June 9thJO + JODO + PO
July 14thKO + MOFR + ER
August 11thJM and JDPL + GL
Sept. 15thAC and JBCL and JM
Oct. 13thTentative: WF and StudentsCE and JP
In the table we used initials for privacy.

Seven to ten days prior to the sampling date, we’ll start organizing the equipment drop off. Details vary slightly between downstream and upstream, but in both cases everyone involved will get connected on an email thread, and we’ll work out the details of a convenient time/place for the gear to be dropped off.

On the day of sampling, you will need to supply a cooler with ice. Either a hard frame cooler or a styrofoam (limited reuse) is ok, but if styrofoam, you’ll need to line it with a heavy black garbage bag, to prevent light leakage. The two people sampling will need to work out who supplies the cooler, and also who drives.

The sampling kit includes a sampling book, which contains details of the actual sampling, plus maps and information about each sampling location. It would be good to get familiar with that info prior to the sampling day.

2018 Spring Meeting – Suarez Family Brewery – Noon, Sunday April 29

Suarez Family Brewery, 2278 U.S. 9. Suarez Family Brewery on Google Maps. NOTE: the best way to find the brewery is to enter “Suarez Family Brewery” into your GPS. Many GPS devices will take you to the wrong place if you enter the street address.

Suarez opens to the public at 1pm, so we won’t keep you too long, and you are encouraged to stay for refreshments.

Two main topics:
  • RJWC is changing its structure. We are gaining a board, and specific officers. If you want to take a leadership role, get in touch. Now is a really good time to step up. We are also looking for input on, well, everything. Comments and suggestions encouraged.
  • We’ll sign up for 2018 sampling dates, and we’ll go over tweaks to our sampling methods and locations. Even if you have sampled before, it would be good to go over things.
2018 SAMPLING DATES
  • Sat May 12, 2018
  • Sat Jun 9, 2018
  • Sat Jul 14, 2018
  • Sat Aug 11, 2018
  • Sat Sep 15, 2018
  • Sat Oct 13, 2018

Sampling is divided into upstream and downstream segments: upstream is Hillsdale down to Gallatin and then Academy Hill Rd.; downstream starts in Elizaville, continues to the RJ’s mouth on the Hudson, and then two Hudson waterfront sites. Sampling is a full morning 2-3 hour commitment downstream, 3+ hours upstream. We need two people for each date and for each segment.

If you want to sample but can’t attend, write to me with availability on the above dates.

I know schedules are tight, but this one counts. Please try to attend.

We recently posted our own summary of 2017 work and sampling and Riverkeeper produced two brief reports on the Roe Jan based on our citizen science.

For last year’s Roe Jan sampling results on the Riverkeeper site, visit https://www.riverkeeper.org/water-quality/citizen-data/roeliff-jansen-kill/

2017 Annual Meeting

Save the Date – Oct 21 at 4pm.

Our second Annual Meeting will be held at the Rec Center at Lake Taghkanic State park. We’ll talk about 2017 sampling results, preview some changes for next year, get your feedback, and hear from our partners. If you’re a supporter or an actual water-dipper, please come. We only have one major meeting each year, and this is it. (We also have training in the spring, but that’s specifically for those who are volunteering to sample.)

The Columbia County Environmental Management Council Good Earthkeeping Awards 2017

On May 22 the Columbia County Environmental Management Council presented its Good Earthkeeping Award 2017 to two close friends of the Roe Jan Watershed Community.

Colleen Lutz and Vince DuBois, President, Columbia Greene chapter of Trout Unlimited

In the individual category the award went to Colleen Lutz. She was cited for her work on the Ancram Conservation Advisory Council, and also for her work on the Ancram planning board. As one of the key members of the RJWC, Colleen organizes our WAVE sampling. Her 2016 WAVE report can be found here.  Colleen was one of the key players in the RJWC’s 2017’s Student Sampling day, showing the students how to collect and identify macroinvertebrates in the Roe Jan.  In the Ancram CAC’s nomination, they noted “Colleen is a quiet, patient and gentle force of nature for natural resource protection in our community.” We couldn’t agree more. Congratulations Colleen.

The EMC’s Earthkeeping award for a group went to the Columbia Greene chapter of Trout Unlimited, one of our close partners and an early strong supporter. At the national level TU is an unwavering voice for the Clean Water Act, and locally that has translated into work on fish stocking, culvert replacement, stream restoration, and more. Their on-the-ground knowledge helps channel state funds to the most pressing local needs. And of course, TU is interested in fishing, and they are deeply involved in helping the next generation to be both good anglers and good stewards of the environment. The award was accepted on behalf of the chapter by president Vince Dubois and Wendover (Wendy) Neefus.