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Stories of the Ausable

Keep up with the work of AsRA staff. Stories of the River shares information about AsRA's stewardship and monitoring work, natural stream restoration and culvert replacement techniques by highlighting specific projects in the Ausable River watershed of northern New York.

Jan
17
2019
Road Salt Mobilizes Heavy Metals into Freshwater Ecosystems and Groundwater
Road salt plays an important role in the fate of heavy metals in roadside soils and freshwater ecosystems.
Road Salt
Jan
10
2019
Are you drinking road salt?
The short answer is maybe. Last year several scientific studies released point to widespread groundwater contamination from road salt across New York State.
Road Salt
Jan
04
2019
Lower West Branch Runs Free
After years of effort, the 125-year-old dam on the lower West Branch Ausable River has been demolished.
Restoration
Nov
15
2018
2018 River Steward Recap
River Steward Nicole recaps her 2018 education and outreach season.
Stewardship
Nov
02
2018
5 Winter Driving Safety Tips To Keep You Safe And Help Reduce Road Salt
Check out these five tips that, if we all adopted, would allow highway crews to apply less salt while maintaining safe passage on our roads during the winter.
Road Salt
Oct
04
2018
Synchronicity: Autumn Leaf Change and Brook Trout Spawning
Why and how fall leaves change color, and how the timing of brook trout spawning may be synchronized with leaf change.
Brook Trout
Sep
27
2018
Banded mysterysnail found in Mirror Lake
On September 14th, 2018 AsRA’s Science & Stewardship Director, Dr. Brendan Wiltse, and board member, Dr. Larry Master, snorkeled Mirror Lake to develop a better understanding of the density and distribution of banded mysterysnails in the lake. They found the snails prevalent in almost all near-shore environments in the lake. Estimated densities ranged from 10-20 snails per square meter.
Invasives
Sep
13
2018
How do streamgages work?
Streamgages are vitally important to understanding the flow of a river and protecting surrounding communities from flooding. The United State Geological Survey (USGS) has over 9,000 streamgages deployed across the country. Many of these feed real-time...
Limnology
Aug
17
2018
Mystery Dam
Trout Unlimited’s Champlain Chapter, in partnership with AsRA and others, is overseeing the removal of what remains of the Quarry Dam on the West Branch. AsRA takes a look at the history of the dam.
Restoration
Jul
26
2018
Leaving No Trace: Rock Stacking
The difference between rock cairns and rock stacks, and reasons why stacking rocks in rivers can be a detriment to the river ecosystem and impact the nature experiences of future visitors.
Ecology

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