Environmental Stewardship

Join us in restoring the health of the waterways!

VIDEO: Strawtown Making a Difference: Children and Community Water Advocacy

Make a Difference!

We encourage students and their family members to take part in environmental stewardship.

Over many years of working outdoors along the waterways with children, we have come to see both the beauty and the harmful impacts in our streams and rivers.  Our active concern has led us to research and learn what we can do to help.

Through training with regional environmental organizations we have gained skills for leading citizen science aquatic monitoring projects.

As educators, we bring what we learn back to Strawtown’s students and our community:

  • state-of-the-art science
  • sustainability practices
  • environmental stewardship
  • community leadership
  • government policy

 

Learning To Be a Voice for the Environment

We have become water advocacy leaders and advisors, working with regional and state officials, municipal leaders, policy makers, and environmental experts.  In 2007, Director, Laurie Seeman, became a co-leader of the Rockland Water Coalition, which ran a 9 year effort and prevailed in protecting the Hudson River from an unnecessary desalination plant.  In 2013 she was appointed to the Rockland County Task Force on Water Resources Management.  In 2010 the Strawtown directors founded the Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance (see below).

We are learning to live in ways that keep the big picture in mind.  Together we learn where to look to take actions.

Below are links to some of our local environmental stewardship projects.

Aquatic migration monitoring in our local stream


CITIZEN SCIENCE

Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance

Join our citizen action group for the Sparkill Creek: stream monitoring, creek cleanups, tree plantings, storm water management, and community education.

American Eel Migration Study

Take part in monitoring baby eels in this annual spring citizen science project (a NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program).

 

OUR LOCAL WATER ADVOCACY

Strawtown Director, Laurie Seeman, holds EPA Environmental Champion Award for the work of the Rockland Water Coalition, 2015, Read the Sierra Club Article “Desalination Opponents Win Top EPA Award”

A few ways to take part in the effort to protect our local drinking water

Rockland Water Coalition

Join this citizen action group.  Sign up for notices about about our water and when to take public action.

Rockland County Task Force on Water Resources Management

Join a committee.  Attend monthly public meetings.  Join the public effort on water conservation.

 

LEARN WHAT YOU CAN DO FROM HOME OR WORK

 

 

“How local activists stopped a dubious desalination plant…” Read More in this Food and Water Watch article Photo: Laurie Seeman

Cornell Cooperative Extension
  Preserving Water Quality
  Environmental Fact Sheets

US Environmental Protection Agency
  Water Research, Data, Tools, Practices

 

 

 

 


READ THE SUSTAINABILITY COLUMN “EARTH MATTERS

Susan Hellauer, columnist Nyack News & Views 
Weekly Sustainability Column sponsored by Strawtown Studio
 
 


Join us in restoring the health of the waterways!

VIDEO: Strawtown Making a Difference: Children and Community Water Advocacy

Make a Difference!

We encourage students and their family members to take part in environmental stewardship.

Over many years of working outdoors along the waterways with children, we have come to see both the beauty and the harmful impacts in our streams and rivers.  Our active concern has led us to research and learn what we can do to help.
Through training with regional environmental organizations we have gained skills for leading citizen science aquatic monitoring projects.

As educators, we bring what we learn back to Strawtown’s students and our community:

  • state-of-the-art science
  • sustainability practices
  • environmental stewardship
  • community leadership
  • government policy

Learning To Be a Voice for the Environment

We have become water advocacy leaders and advisors, working with regional and state officials, municipal leaders, policy makers, and environmental experts.  In 2007, Director, Laurie Seeman, became a co-leader of the Rockland Water Coalition, which ran a 9 year effort and prevailed in protecting the Hudson River from an unnecessary desalination plant.  In 2013 she was appointed to the Rockland County Task Force on Water Resources Management.  In 2010 the Strawtown directors founded the Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance (see below).

We are learning to live in ways that keep the big picture in mind.  Together we learn where to look to take actions.

Below are links to some of our local environmental stewardship projects.

Aquatic migration monitoring in our local stream


CITIZEN SCIENCE

Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance

Join our citizen action group for the Sparkill Creek: stream monitoring, creek cleanups, tree plantings, storm water management, and community education.

American Eel Migration Study

Take part in monitoring baby eels in this annual spring citizen science project (a NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program).

Strawtown Director, Laurie Seeman, holds EPA Environmental Champion Award for the work of the Rockland Water Coalition, 2015, Read the Sierra Club Article “Desalination Opponents Win Top EPA Award”

OUR LOCAL WATER ADVOCACY

A few ways to take part in the effort to protect our local drinking water

Rockland Water Coalition

Join this citizen action group.  Sign up for notices about about our water and when to take public action.

Rockland County Task Force on Water Resources Management

Join a committee.  Attend monthly public meetings.  Join the public effort on water conservation.

“How local activists stopped a dubious desalination plant…” Read More in this Food and Water Watch article Photo: Laurie Seeman

LEARN WHAT YOU CAN DO FROM HOME OR WORK

Cornell Cooperative Extension
  Preserving Water Quality
  Environmental Fact Sheets

US Environmental Protection Agency
  Water Research, Data, Tools, Practices

READ THE SUSTAINABILITY COLUMN “EARTH MATTERS”

Susan Hellauer, columnist Nyack News & Views 
Weekly Sustainability Column sponsored by Strawtown Studio
 
 
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