A Brief History of the Mohawk River

Imagine the Mohawk River flowing with more force than Niagara Falls. Around 22,000 years ago, that’s exactly how it was. During the last ice age, the Laurentide Glacier began to melt, forming a large lake atop the glacier. As the glacier receded north, it opened access to the Mohawk River, which for thousands of years … Read more

You Could Play Basketball On A Court Floating Down The River Thames

Basketball courts aren’t the first things you’d expect to see when gazing out over the River Thames on a Saturday afternoon in June, but GUESS WHAT? London doesn’t care for your conventions (well, not always – please keep standing on the right hand side of the escalator, thanks), and this weekend you could have the … Read more

Macroinvertebrates: Indicators of River and Stream Health

I have a pre-pandemic memory of a dozen high school students – armed with dipnets and wearing chest waders – emerging from a Saint Michael’s College van. Before masks and social distancing, my collaborators and I packed vans with students from Vermont, Massachusetts, and as far afield as Puerto Rico to monitor macroinvertebrates in Vermont … Read more

Hudson River Valley Institute Announces the Creation of Student Research Fund

Each semester, the Hudson River Valley Institute (HRVI) hosts Marist College student interns from a variety of disciplines and areas of study. In order to expand the resources available to these students, HRVI is seeking support to establish an endowed fund for the purpose of providing enrichment opportunities that enable interns to undertake more impactful … Read more

Hudson River Fireboat McKean History, Restoration Talk Saturday

The Van Cortlandtville Historical Society will host a talk on the legacy of the FDNY Fireboat John D. McKean on the Hudson on Saturday, May 21st. David Rocco of Yorktown, an accomplished photographer and historic preservationist, will talk about the life and legacy of the historic Fireboat, as well as the ongoing efforts to restore … Read more

Earth Night at Mabee Farm on the Mohawk River

Mabee Farm Historic Site it Rotterdam, Schenectady County, will celebrate Earth Night on Friday, April 22nd, with an evening of music, art, and workshops that honor Earth and its natural surroundings. Featured programs include: “With and For Nature” pop-up exhibition will take place from 4 to 8 pm. These artists find inspiration in the wild … Read more

A Hike to Davis Ford, Where 22,000 Confederates Crossed the Duck River in 1864

Days before my visit to Davis Ford, a remote Duck River location near Columbia, Tenn., Where 22,000 Confederates crossed in the late fall of 1864, guide Neal Pulley shoots me an eye-opening text: “Bring some orange. Don’t want to get shot! 😊 ” No fan of becoming an inadvertent target of a deer hunter, I … Read more

Grants Now Available for Hudson River Estuary Communities

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced $ 1.14 million in competitive grant funding is now available to help communities in the Hudson River Estuary watershed increase resiliency to flooding, protect water quality, fish, and wildlife habitat, and improve recreational access and education for all, including people with disabilities and New Yorkers … Read more

Name That Bridge! Can You Identify These 7 Thames Bridges?

Image of Blackfriars rail bridge, by Londonist Did you know that there are more than 200 bridges over the River Thames? We tend to only think of the big ones in central London, but the mighty Thames has many other spans upstream. In his book, Thames Bridges, David C Ramzan explores all 200 of them, … Read more

Adirondack Lake Survey Explores Merger with Ausable River Association

The governing boards of the Adirondack Lake Survey Corporation and the Ausable River Association have announced plans for a merger. The merger is hoping to advance their shared goal of deploying critical field and laboratory science in the Adirondack Park to inform the protection of waterways, lands, and air for the benefit of all stakeholders. … Read more