Posts Tagged ‘Ausable River Association’

Friday, May 3, 2024

New home, name for Ausable River Association

Woman stands on a piece of land

Ausable River Association plans move

The Ausable River Association celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and is taking steps to ensure its ambitions as a park-wide presence in the next 25 years.

The nonprofit is seeking to change its name this year to the Ausable Freshwater Center and in March submitted plans with the Adirondack Park Agency to build an office and education center of a 9-acre parcel along 1,000 feet of the river’s East Branch.

In 2021, donors gifted AsRA the property on John Fountain Road in Jay to bolster the group’s educational work.

Now, AsRA is looking for APA approval to construct a new office space and educational pavilion on the property, dubbed the Ausable Preserve.

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Friday, April 5, 2024

Volunteers Needed for Earth Day Ausable River Cleanup on April 20

People clean up the bank of Ausable River.

Keene, NY- The Ausable River Association (AsRA) will host its annual Earth Day Ausable River cleanup on Saturday, April 20. Volunteers will assist AsRA in removing garbage and debris from roadways and riverbanks in the Lake Placid, Wilmington, Jay, Upper Jay, and Keene communities. Lunch and raffle prizes will be available after the cleanup to celebrate coming together to care for the river.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Northern Forest Center to host March 19 webinar on flood planning, mitigation

Northern Forest Center logo.

The Northern Forest Center will present “Getting Ahead of the Flood Risk: How Communities can Proactively Mitigate for Floods,” the next Zoom webinar in its Building the New Forest Future series on March 19 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Many communities in the Northern Forest have already experienced devastating floods. In this webinar, leaders from around the region will discuss what communities can do before they experience flooding, through proactive work to build resilience and mitigate future disasters.


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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Adirondack-area establishments announce new hires, appointments

Several nonprofit organizations and other establishments, including the Cloudsplitter Foundation, the Ausable River Association, the Depot Theatre, and Rockwell Falls Public Library have recently announced a slew of new staff and board appointments. See below roundup for details about these developments. 

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Sunday, February 4, 2024

Adirondack Garden Club awards 1928 Founders Fund grants

People working along a riverbank

Keene, NY— The Adirondack Garden Club recently awarded seven grants from the club’s 1928 AGC Founders Fund to non-profits making a positive impact on the Adirondack environment.

The 1928 AGC Founders Fund was established in the 1980s to give grants to not-for-profit organizations, including schools, involved in programs whose purpose is to create an impact in a specific area within the Adirondacks. These requests are reviewed by the club’s Executive Committee for approval and distribution.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Ausable River Restoration

man in front of construction equipment

The Ausable River Association last month wrapped up the construction phase of work to restore a 3,000-foot-long stretch of the East Branch of the Ausable River in Jay, the nonprofit’s biggest project to date.

The restoration project aims to reinvigorate the river channel in an area where Route 9N follows the river along a gradual bend near the Ice Jam Inn. The river had become “overwidened,” reducing its ability to move sediment and rock through the river system and exacerbating flood and ice jam risks.

By building out a wider stream bank, narrowing the channel and constructing a series of rock structures across the river, AsRA hopes to restore the stream’s natural flow and function, improving trout habitat and easing flood risks. The project faced delays in July and August thanks to rainy weather and high water levels, requiring a one-month extension on AsRA’s work permit.

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Thursday, August 17, 2023

Restoring river banks

Volunteers of the Ausable River Association planted dogwoods and willows along the East Branch of Ausable River in Jay in May. Photo by Mike Lynch

Work has begun in Upper Jay on a project that will help restore the East Branch of the Ausable River to its natural state.

The Ausable River Association (AsRA) has identified 13 sites in the town of Jay where the river, distended by industry over the last century and a half — is in poor ecological health, making it more prone to flooding and ice jams, and less friendly to aquatic life.

The current site, upstream of the Route 9N bridge, is the second of the sites to be remediated. It will narrow the river channel, speeding the flow and making it less conducive to the creation of great slabs of ice that can cause considerable damage and flooding downstream.

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Saturday, July 8, 2023

Ausable River Association to host 5th year of free guided tours

Ausable River Association watershed tour

The Ausable River Association (AsRA) is launching the fifth year of their guided watershed tours in the Ausable watershed and beyond. These tours are free to the public and include paddling, hiking, and interpretive programs. Gear is available for tour participants to use when possible.

This year, ten trips will allow visitors to experience a variety of locations throughout the Ausable and its neighboring watersheds. Tours will include the return of popular programs from 2022 and some new additions based on popular requests. Birding and mushroom walks are back, along with a nature paddling trip on Lake Everest. New for 2023 are a tour of AsRA’s river restoration projects and more botany programs.
“It’s been a joy to play a role in getting so many people outside and learning. I’m looking forward to assisting with this program’s ten exciting tours this year” said Carolyn Koestner, GIS and Science Communications Fellow at AsRA.
AsRA’s free, guided watershed tours begin in mid-July with Riverwalking and will continue through the end of 2023. Tours are free, but pre-registration is required. Learn more about AsRA’s guided watershed tours program, tour dates, and registration on the Ausable River Association website, https://www.ausableriver.org/events/river-tours .

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

What’s next for Ausable River restoration

woman in a river bed

The Ausable River Association’s East Branch restoration project is coming to the town of Keene thanks to a share of a $2 million federal earmark.

Speaking at AsRA’s annual ‘friendraiser,’ Executive Director Kelley Tucker said restoration efforts to this point have been focused on the section of the river between the hamlets of Upper Jay and Au Sable Forks.

In that stretch, AsRA has identified 13 trouble spots that need repair — one has been completed, another is scheduled for this summer and two more are on the runway. But a portion of a $2 million grant earmarked by Rep. Elise Stefanik will extend the study area upriver to Keene.

Gary Henry, AsRA’s stream restoration manager said he hopes that by next summer he’ll be wading the river between Keene and Upper Jay, taking measurements and analyzing the riverbed.

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Monday, June 5, 2023

Ausable River East Branch Restoration Program Continues

ausable river restoration

This summer, the Ausable River Association will undertake the second phase of construction in its East Branch Restoration Program with Project Area 2 in Upper Jay. This comprehensive program, developed in 2019 with funding from the Governor’s Office for Storm Recovery (now the Office of Resilient Homes and Communities), identifies 13 sites in the Town of Jay in need of restoration. Completing these river restoration projects will improve flood resilience, protect communities and infrastructure, and restore habitat for the food web that supports our native brook trout. If you would like to learn more, please join us at the Town of Jay Community Center in Au Sable Forks on June 7 from 4 to 7 PM to meet with our Stream Restoration Manager, Gary Henry. He will be available to answer questions about this project and future projects in the East Branch Restoration Program.

More information here: https://www.ausableriver.org/blog/east-branch-restoration-program-continues-project-area-2-upper-jay

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Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Volunteers needed for East Branch Ausable River Tree Planting, May 5 and 12

Volunteers at an AsRa tree planting event.

Upper Jay, NY – The Ausable River Association (AsRA) and Adirondack Riverwalking will host two tree planting events this spring – May 5th and 12th. Volunteers will work alongside experienced teams planting native trees and shrubs to create a robust buffer at AsRA’s most recent stream restoration project in Upper Jay.The two groups invite the community to join them in restoring the streamside buffer on the East Branch Ausable River. “So many of our community members value the Ausable River and want to be involved in its protection,” said Carrianne Pershyn, Biodiversity Research Manager at AsRA. “Hosting events like tree plantings are a great way to get people involved and show them a tangible way to help in the community and at home.”


Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Ausable River clean up event set for Earth Day, April 22

Woman cleaning up a roadside.

The Ausable River Association (AsRA), in partnership with One Tree Planted and NRS, is hosting a cleanup along the roadside of the West Branch, East Branch, and Main Stem Ausable River in the communities of Wilmington, Lake Placid, Keene, Upper Jay, and Jay. This cleanup event is slated for Earth Day, Saturday, April 22. All are encouraged to participate in this opportunity to give back to local communities by picking up and removing trash that’s built up throughout the winter.

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Thursday, January 26, 2023

An earmark for the Ausable River

East Branch of the Ausable River.

The massive federal spending law passed by Congress last month contained a handful of earmarks directing money to North Country projects, including Ausable River restoration efforts.

The Ausable River Association garnered $2 million to continue restoration projects in Jay and to carry out a comprehensive study of the East Branch in Keene, a project the town has twice failed to get funded in state programs. The funding ball got rolling after Jay Supervisor Matt Stanley sought solutions in the wake of ice jam flooding in Ausable Forks last year.


Monday, January 23, 2023

Adirondack Lake Survey Corp Merger into Ausable River Association is Complete

Phil Snyder in boat on Hope Pond

The governing boards of the Adirondack Lake Survey Corporation (ALSC) and the Ausable River Association (AsRA) announced that on January 1, 2023, the proposed merger between the two organizations had been finalized. Former ALSC Program Manager Phil Snyder has joined AsRA full-time, bringing extensive field science and laboratory experience to AsRA’s efforts in the Ausable watershed and to watershed throughout the Adirondack Park. Snyder serves as field research manager for the pilot of SCALE – the collaborative Survey of Climate Change in Adirondack Lake Ecosystems.

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Sunday, January 8, 2023

Ausable River Association receives $2 million community flood resilience

Ausable River AssociationA request from the Ausable River Association (AsRA) for $2 million was included in the 2023 Federal Omnibus Bill, signed into law last week by President Biden. AsRA’s request was shepherded through the appropriations process, through subcommittee review and approval, by Congresswoman Elise Stefanik. These funds will help build flood resilience, protect water quality, and restore stream health in the Town of Jay. They will advance critical river restoration projects detailed in the East Branch Ausable River Restoration Plan and expand the Plan, which currently includes the Town of Jay, to include the upstream half of the East Branch in the Town of Keene. 

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