Environment
Village asks for help planting shade trees

Village asks for help planting shade trees

An inventory of all the street trees in the village of Saugerties was initiated last year by the Saugerties Village Tree Commission, paid for by a grant written by commission chair Rosemarie Brackett. The survey, now complete, maps out each tree in the village with its location, species and condition. Many of the trees are...
Signs of Spring nature walk

Signs of Spring nature walk

The Esopus Creek Conservancy and John Burroughs Natural History Society are co-sponsoring a free guided nature walk to observe early signs of spring on Saturday, March 22. Depending on available time, conditions and participant interest, locations will include the Great Vly Wildlife Management Area, Esopus Bend Nature Preserve, Falling Waters Preserve and/or the Saugerties Lighthouse...
Bald eagles a common sight at Saugerties Lighthouse

Bald eagles a common sight at Saugerties Lighthouse

It was another arctic day on March 1, with temperatures in the low 20s, but that did not deter a dozen people from meeting at the Saugerties Lighthouse parking lot for a chance to view bald eagles. Sponsored by the Woodstock Land Conservancy, the walk, led by local naturalist Steve Chorvas, was proof of the...
See bald eagles on the Hudson tomorrow

See bald eagles on the Hudson tomorrow

Join the Woodstock Land Conservancy and birding guide Steve Chorvas for a memorable morning walk along the Lighthouse Trail Saturday, March 1 at 10 a.m. Currently the best place to view eagles in Ulster County is along the Hudson River, including the nesting pair of eagles at the Saugerties Lighthouse. These once endangered birds-of-prey are...
Alternative energy panel discussion at SPAF on 10/24

Alternative energy panel discussion at SPAF on 10/24

Advocates of the use of alternative energy cite the benefits: a reduction or elimination of global warming, an improved environment, a vast and inexhaustible energy supply, jobs and other economic benefits, stable energy prices and a more resilient energy system—what’s not to like? When you look at it that way, the big picture looks good....
Art to see in the village

Art to see in the village

  Opening receptions were held this past week for three new art exhibits in the village. The Saugerties Public Library hosts Polly M. Law, who plays with words in “The Word Project: Odd & Obscure Words Illustrated.” New-in-town Intima Gallery waxes poetic with “The Poetic Print,” a group show featuring letterpress and photographic prints in...
Environmentalists not pleased with Lower Esopus consent order

Environmentalists not pleased with Lower Esopus consent order

The good news: Under pressure from lower Esopus Creek stakeholder groups, the consent order on Ashokan Reservoir water releases was made public on Friday, Oct. 4, instead of waiting until after the Filtration Avoidance Determination (FAD) comment period had ended. The bad news: Stakeholders say that the document falls dismally short of their hopes for...
City, DEC agree to address Lower Esopus turbidity

City, DEC agree to address Lower Esopus turbidity

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced Sept. 26 an agreement with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on a draft consent order for modifying releases of water from the Ashokan Reservoir into the lower Esopus Creek. Local reactions varied from cautious optimism and a promise of vigilance, on...
Saugerties wants to dredge Esopus and reservoir

Saugerties wants to dredge Esopus and reservoir

Storms have caused silt buildup in the village reservoir and at the mouth of the Esopus Creek, and village officials would like to use some of the local share of the state’s $750 million for storm repairs to dredge the two bodies of water. However, this could be hampered by the way the funds are...
Saugerties gets $6 million to deal with flood damage

Saugerties gets $6 million to deal with flood damage

Saugerties is eligible for $6 million in state funds to repair damage from 2012 storms, the state announced last week. The funds are part of the $750 million New York State Rising Community Construction Program. The town and village of Saugerties are each eligible for $3 million of that funding, according to Town Supervisor Kelly...
Volunteers uproot first water chestnut shoots

Volunteers uproot first water chestnut shoots

The key to eradicating water chestnuts in the Esopus Creek is catching them early, said Susan Bolitzer of Esopus Creek Conservancy, displaying some of the weeds she had pulled a week earlier and comparing them to last week’s crop. The leaves in the later harvest were nearly twice the size of the earlier ones, and...
Town holds off on increased water regulations

Town holds off on increased water regulations

A proposed local law on water resources in the town of Saugerties has been tabled following questions raised at a public hearing on April 25. Councilwoman Leeanne Thornton said the number of questions and criticisms of the proposed law raised at the hearing led the Conservation Advisory Committee to table it for further revision. At...