Scenic Hudson Seeks Clean-up Help this Saturday

Foundry Brook, upper right, splashes over its bank to create a new stream

Scenic Hudson wants to find some sandbaggers: Volunteers to hoist sacks into place in the West Point Foundry Preserve this coming Saturday to correct the course of Foundry Brook. The creek ran amok during Hurricane Irene and carved new streamlets through the foundry ruins, a sensitive archeological site. “While we work on long-range repairs, we need to build a sandbag wall to keep the water in [its] streambed,” a Scenic Hudson flyer explained. Volunteers will not need to enter the brook.

Scenic Hudson plans a work operation from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 10 at the preserve, located at the end of Kemble Avenue in Cold Spring. Organizers ask participants to dress warmly for the weather and wear long pants, sturdy shoes or hiking boots, and work gloves, and to bring plenty of drinking water and a lunch. Scenic Hudson will provide hot and cold beverages. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers should respond by contacting Anthony Coneski at 845-473-4440, extension 273, or via e-mail at: [email protected].

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