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.
  • 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.

Student Sampling Day 2017

The Columbia Paper published a great account of Student Sampling Day on the Roe Jan.

It was a wet and drizzly day, but students from both Hudson High, mentored by Jim Mcdarby, and from Germantown Central School, accompanied by Envirothon coach Wendy Fieser, endured the elements while learning about the Roe Jan, and also collecting samples to expand our knowledge of the creek.

Here’s the article on Student Sampling Day from the Columbia Paper.

Students test water quality of Roe Jan Creek - The Columbia Paper

2017 Sampling Schedule

DateUpstream SamplersDownstream Samplers
May 13thGL+PLWF+JM+Student Samplers
June 10thGSJH+FP
July 8thMKTT+ST
August 12thSE+TLKL & MG
Sept. 9thAP+MPKO+MO
Oct. 14thCEJO+JO
In the table I used initials for privacy.

An important part of the process is to ferry the sampling materials (bottles, gloves, meter, guidebook) from Bard to the people doing the sampling. This takes place during the week prior to sampling, and is arranged as optimally as possible to fit people’s schedules.

  • Upstream – handled by Gretchen
  • Downstream – handled by Wendy in May, August and Sept; handled by Josh in June, July, and October

2016 WAVE Results in the Upper Roe Jan

In 2016 Colleen Lutz and Mary King performed WAVE analysis in coordination with New York State Department of Environmental conservation at six locations in the upper part of the Roeliff Jansen Kill. WAVE analysis looks at the types of macroinvertebrates in the water to assess water quality. It’s an alternative assessment to the Enterococcus sampling that was also performed in 2016 by the Roe Jan Watershed Community.

Two locations, Black Grocery Road and Wiltsie Bridge/Snyder Road were assessed as “No Known Impact,” which is the highest quality category.

2016 WAVE Sample Data Summary

Organizational Meeting – 2017 Sampling

If you’re planning to help us with sampling in 2017, please save the date of April 8th, 2017, 10am at the Area E Pavillion at Lake Taghkanic State Park. The main activity will be training. If you’ve sampled before, the training will partly be a refresher, but there are new measurements and new sites so it is important to attend.

In 2017 we’re sampling on the 2nd Saturday May to October: 5/13, 6/10, 7/8, 8/12, 9/9, and 10/14.

We will try hard to keep the meeting under an hour. Bring your calendar so we can work out dates.

In any case, if you’re planning to help with sampling, write to kaare@roejanwatershed.org and let him know.