Recent Environmental Impacts on the Hudson: Sloop Club Talk on Feb. 17

Casting the seining nets for fish in the Hudson River off Little Stony Point

Lecture touches upon sewage, run-off, clean water

The Beacon Sloop Club presents the second environmental winter series lecture Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Beacon Sloop Clubhouse. Featured guest speakers: Emily Vail (Watershed Outreach Specialist for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program) and Andrew Meyer (Shoreline Conservation Specialist for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program) will discuss recent impacts to the Hudson River and its watershed and how they can be mitigated.

2011 was notable for the variety and intensity of impacts to the Hudson River:  from the massive sewage spill in Harlem to the epic runoff from the storm waters of Irene and Lee to ongoing problems with municipal wastewater treatment. Vail and Meyer will discuss ways to manage runoff from urban areas using “green infrastructure,” such as rain gardens or rain barrels. Green infrastructure practices maintain or restore storm waters’ natural flow pattern by allowing water to slowly permeate the ground and be used by plants, instead of flowing directly into our streams or water treatment facilities. There will also be discussion of what local municipalities can do to promote clean water.

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information please call 914-879-1082, 845-463-4660, 845-242-7822 or visit the Beacon Sloop Club website The Clubhouse is located across from Beacon Metro- North Station (on the river side).


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