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Paddle Outing Cancelled Owing to “Unhealthy” Water
Mid Hudson ADK paddle leader Don Urmston has cancelled the May 7 outing planned for the Wallkill River owing to warnings from the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation that the water quality is unhealthy.
Don writes: “The Wallkill has been declared unfit for recreational activities due to high levels of toxic algae and dangerous bacteria which are being fed by raw sewage being released into the river. I would advise all paddlers to avoid this river this season.”
You can sign up for water alerts from DEC by visiting this page on their website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/101187.html
Mid-Hudson ADKers enjoyed another New Year’s Day with mild temperatures and blue skies, which got folks out for First Day excursions at Vassar College and Mount Taurus in the Hudson Highlands.
A group of 16, led by Sue Mackson, walked the edge of the Vassar College campus over to Vassar Farms, where the sun warmed the group as it trod along. Another group–5 hikers plus leader Jean-Claude Fouere, hiked up Mount Taurus and couldn’t believe the absence of snow or ice. This group enjoyed unobstructed views north to the Catskills and south to the NYC skyline, with bends and turns of the Hudson River glistening in the brilliant sun.
A good number returned to Sue’s house for soup, bread and conviviality. It’s become a nice way to start the year.
Reports submitted by Sue Mackson and Jean-Claude Fouere; photo by J-C Fouere.
Look for Mid Hudson ADK September 25th at the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve!
We will be tabling at the URBAN WILDERNESS FESTIVAL & ENVIRONMENTAL FAIR, 1-4pm–part of an afternoon of activities for people of all ages.
Come out and enjoy:
~ Guided hikes on the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve ~ Tour the newly renovated dairy barn
~ Learn about environmental efforts in Dutchess County
~ Kids’ activities and more! Hosted by the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns and the Dutchess County Environmental Management Council
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