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Local Stewardship Lecture

  • Platte Clove Neighborhood Center 1915 Platte Clove Road Elka Park, NY, 12427 United States (map)

Event Description

Join us at the Platte Clove Neighborhood Center (1915 Platte Clove Road, Elka Park, NY) on Saturday, May 14th from 10:30am-2:00pm for a Local Stewardship Lecture event. Light refreshments will be served.


"Our rivers on drugs" - AJ Reisinger, a freshwater ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, will discuss ongoing research of how pharmaceuticals and personal care products are polluting rivers and streams - and the consequences for aquatic life and drinking water supplies. Pharmaceutical and personal care product pollution includes a variety of contaminants, from prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs to cosmetics and microbeads. These compounds enter streams and rivers from our households, and are often not removed by wastewater treatment plants. Dr. Reisinger will discuss the sources and pathways of pharmaceutical and personal care product contamination, and how these contaminants impact the health of our nation’s freshwaters. He will also outline the difficulties involved with various ways of combating the problem of pharmaceutical and personal care product contamination.

"Guide to Creating a Natural Resource Inventory" - Ingrid Haeckel, from NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, will be speaking on how municipalities and communities can benefit from having a natural resources inventory (NRI) and why it is important to strategize for our world climate changes. Natural areas including forests, wetlands, and floodplains provide numerous benefits to communities, from wildlife habitat and clean water to flood mitigation. A natural resources inventory (NRI) provides an essential foundation for communities to proactively consider local land and water resources and guide land-use decisions. Ingrid will describe some of the unique biological resources of Platte Clove and discuss how communities can benefit from having an NRI to inform planning, conserve natural assets, and build climate resilience.

"Microbeads Affecting Lakes, Tributaries, and You" - Ron Urban, from NY Trout Unlimited, will be speaking about the issue of microbeads. For years, there have been concerns about the environmental impacts from plastics left behind in the oceans and Great Lakes. Recently, attention has turned to the Great Lakes and small plastic particles and microbeads that have been found there. Some plastic particles result from the breakdown of larger plastic items, but others are small plastic spheres known as microbeads. These tiny plastic beads are typically used as scrubbing agents or exfoliants in personal care products. They are often brightly colored and can be seen suspended in the body washes, facial scrubs, and toothpastes that contain them. As these products are used by consumers, microbeads are rinsed off and go directly down the drain with water that eventually makes its way to wastewater treatment plants. Although harmless in appearance, microbeads have the potential to cause environmental damage. Due to the small size of microbeads, they can be mistaken for certain fish eggs and ingested by fish and other aquatic organisms.

**Space is limited, registration required. Register early to reserve a seat.** 

Photo of prescription bottle near a Baltimore, MD stream is courtesy of AJ Reisinger.

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**This is a Schoharie Watershed Month event. For more information about events throughout May 2016, click here.**

Local Stewardship Lecture event made possible by our sponsors/partners: Greene County Soil & Water Conservation District Schoharie Watershed Program (SWP) and New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP).



Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. We will have a guest list and a sign-in sheet at the beginning of the program.


Should I include kids in my registration?

Yes. Anyone who will be taking up a seat during the lectures must be included in the quantity of tickets you register.


Can I just bring my kids for the kids' activity at 2:00pm?

If you are not registering for the lectures and you would like to see if there is space for the kids' activity, contact Samantha Root at or 518-622-3620 x104.


Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For questions, contact Samantha Root at or 518-622-3620 x104.


Can I register for the event by phone?

Yes, you may register by phone at 518-622-3620. Be sure to include the event title, your name, the number of people in your party, your e-mail address, and your phone number in your message.


Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT) - Add to Calendar
Platte Clove Neighborhood Center - 1915 Platte Clove Road, Elka Park, NY 12427 

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