Environment
Saugerties village seeks to update waterfront plan for climate change

Saugerties village seeks to update waterfront plan for climate change

The Village of Saugerties is applying for a $20,000 matching grant from the state to update its waterfront plan. Trustee Patrick Landewe, lighthouse keeper and member of the Waterfront Revitalization Committee, recently said it was the state that suggested the plan be updated and that the plan should concern issues such as how the village...
Hudson River’s underwater vegetation still recovering from hurricanes

Hudson River’s underwater vegetation still recovering from hurricanes

A few weeks ago, during the night, a high tide deposited fistfuls of water celery upon the Lighthouse dock. The plant grows underwater with long, narrow leaves like slender green ribbons, looking nothing like the celery we eat. It’s often called eelgrass, but it’s not the same as saltwater eelgrass, which is a different plant. This...
Getting around without cars

Getting around without cars

Have you been surprised to learn of the large numbers of incidents in which pedestrians and motorized vehicles have collided over the past few years? The state is now installing new lights, detectors, and walk/don’t walk signals at the dangerous intersection of Main and Partition. It may be necessary, but it’s also a little jarring...
Bug hunt at the library tomorrow

Bug hunt at the library tomorrow

The shrubbery, flowers and grass surrounding the Saugerties Public Library is a hotbed of life if you know where to look. On July 8, starting at 6:30 p.m., Barbara Hammerstone, a supervisor in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will show young people where to look and how to identify the creatures they find. Hammerstone will...
Keeping the Hudson clean

Keeping the Hudson clean

Summer is heating up and the water is beckoning. A typical afternoon might see a group of kayakers cruising out of the mouth of the creek, a couple of people upright on stand-up paddle boards gliding across the surface of the water, a dog fetching a stick along the shore and children splashing in the...
Saugerties pipeline meeting cancelled

Saugerties pipeline meeting cancelled

An informational meeting on the Pilgrim Pipeline scheduled for Thursday, June 18 has been cancelled. The town did not say if the meeting would be rescheduled. The meeting concerned a proposed oil pipeline from Albany to New Jersey which would pass through Saugerties. Many other towns have taken a position already. The Saugerties Town Board...
Water chestnut eradication effort continues

Water chestnut eradication effort continues

With summer approaching, Esopus Creek Conservancy once again begins its program to control invasive water chestnut plants in the Saugerties Cove. The challenge is ongoing and our methods are ever-changing as we continue to understand more about how this plant grows and spreads. Over the years, hardy volunteers in kayaks and rowboats pulled and cut...
Your friendly neighborhood spider

Your friendly neighborhood spider

Late in the day, the slant of the sun casts a sidelight on the house. In this magic hour before sunset, a scarcely visible presence is revealed: spider webs by the hundreds shimmering in the golden light, strung among fence posts, draped from window lintels, and adorning the underside of the eaves. The spiders themselves...
The lion's tooth

The lion’s tooth

This is the year of the dandelion, in case you hadn’t noticed. These tenacious bright yellow blossoms, which in almost every culture represent sunshine, happiness and warmth, are more prevalent than they have been in a number of years. The National Dandelion Watchers of America, a nonprofit organization devoted to saving this persistent flower, has...
Repair Cafe gives broken items new life and saves landfill space

Repair Cafe gives broken items new life and saves landfill space

The three famous Rs — Reduce/Reuse/Recycle — have expanded to include a fourth — Repair. Ulster County now hosts several Repair Cafés. Anyone can show up with a “broken but beloved” item and an expert tinkerer will fix it (or at least give it a shot). It’s an idea that appeals to people who don’t...
What lies beneath the waves

What lies beneath the waves

The month of May started with a characteristic “striper wind” — a warm southerly breeze coinciding with striped bass spawning migration up the Hudson River. When striper season gets underway, the mouth of the creek experiences an obvious uptick in boat traffic. Powerboats motor their way from marinas and launch ramps to the Hudson River,...
Geology of Saugerties

Geology of Saugerties

Saugerties is a town divided into two halves by one mountain. That’s Mt. Marion, and it runs, north to south, right down the middle of the town. East of Mt. Marion is the most densely populated part of town. This part of Saugerties once lay at the bottom of a great ice age lake: Glacial...