“The input and engagement of the people of Poughkeepsie is key to the success of not only this project, but all of Clearwater’s efforts with the Fall Kill Watershed Committee. We believe that working from the ground up starting from a grassroots level is the most effective way to ensure community ownership of the initiative, which will lead to increased stewardship, improved water quality, and ultimately the revitalization of the Fall Kill as an important economic and community resource,” said Ryan Palmer, Clearwater’s Green Cities Project Coordinator, who also serves as Coordinator for the Fall Kill Watershed Committee.
A public meeting will be held July 6, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Public Safety Building, 505 Main St., Poughkeepsie, NY, to present initial Master Plan designs, prioritize potential Pilot Sites, and gather community input. Local residents, business owners, representatives of community groups, and all other stakeholders are encouraged to attend and participate in the session. Please contact Ryan Palmer, Clearwater Green Cities Project Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 845 265 8080, extension 7114, if you plan to attend.
In addition, the Committee will create and install educational signage along the creek, and plan and implement volunteer cleanups and outreach programs as part of the Dutchess Watershed Coalition’s Watershed Awareness Month (http://dutchesswam.com). These events provide an opportunity for community volunteers and youth to participate in hands-on efforts to clean up and beautify the watershed, and enjoy family-friendly educational activities, celebration, and networking opportunities.
A final component of the initiative will be to perform a restoration opportunity assessment, which will commence in the fall with support from Marist College’s Environmental Studies Department. This assessment will utilize protocols from the Center for Watershed Protection’s Urban Subwatershed Restoration Manual Series. This includes Neighborhood Source Assessment (“NSA”) to characterize and prioritize neighborhoods in the City, and a Pervious Area Assessment (“PAA”) to identify upland areas for restoration. The goal of these assessments is to identify and prioritize future restoration sites.