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Watershed Stories

Keep up with the work of Ausable River Association staff. These stories share information about our stewardship and monitoring work, natural stream restoration, and culvert replacement techniques by highlighting specific projects in the Ausable and Boquet River watersheds of northern New York. They also give you fun facts about the plants and wildlife that live in these watersheds, as well as tips for enjoying responsible, low-impact recreational opportunities.

Aug
11
2022
Imprints Of Time In The Ausable Watershed
The landscape of the Ausable River watershed bears the marks of events that extend far into the Earth's deep past. The rocks, structures, and sediments in the watershed represent distinct occurrences in the natural history of this area. Some of these events occurred over a billion years ago and lasted for hundreds of millions of years. Other events are much more recent and can be seen on much finer time scales. Everything in the natural landscape represents part of that story and owes its present form to one or more of the events that made this place.
Natural History
Aug
03
2022
Journey to a Lake’s Past
On a beautiful July morning, we hosted a floating watershed tour to examine the ecology and history of Lower Saint Regis Lake led by renowned local scientist and professor Dr. Curt Stager. Come along on this virtual version of the tour with us and learn more about what participants learned.
Limnology
Jul
27
2022
What's Up With the Spongy Moth?
In the Ausable River watershed, we have an invasive insect known as spongy moths. You may find their egg masses on trees, see the tattered remains of devoured leaves strewn about the ground, or notice the little brown larva that seemingly fall from the...
Invasives
Jul
20
2022
AsRA from the Eyes of the Intern
Remember Cat Wang, our Colgate University Upstate Summer Field School fellow? She's been keeping busy learning all about the Ausable Watershed. From field to forest to lake, Cat has seen it all (almost!).
Stewardship
Jun
21
2022
Nature’s Water Infrastructure
Nature's Water Infrastructure - A Foundation for Our CommunitiesThis September, half a dozen large yellow excavators converged on the East Branch Ausable River in Upper Jay. In five weeks, they completed the restoration of almost 2000' of the river...
Restoration
Jun
16
2022
The Value of Understanding Warming Waters
In the Ausable River watershed, 25 in-stream temperature loggers quietly log data year-round at 1-hour intervals. This network, established in 2015 and expanded in 2018, collects baseline data, tracks long term climate change, and helps scientists understand the effects of in-stream and riparian restoration.
Climate Change
Jun
08
2022
Meet the River Steward!
For the 2022 summer, our River Steward, Vy, will be out and about along the West Branch of the Ausable River and attending farmer's markets and other events providing outreach and education about invasive aquatic plants and how to keep them out of our beloved waters!
Stewardship
May
31
2022
Getting To Know Our Streams
Careful measurement and observation are revealing the foundational relationships that control the size and shape of stream channels in our watershed. Thanks to a grant from the Lake Champlain Basin Program, AsRA will have the opportunity to identify and study streams with stable geomorphology in an effort to inform our work on restoration projects and in the replacement of undersized culverts.
Geomorphology
May
12
2022
Mirror Lake Spring 2022 Turnover
This spring, Mirror Lake completed turnover! The first time since 2020. Turnover, also known as mixing, is an essential natural process that occurs in most lakes in the spring and fall of each year.
Limnology
May
05
2022
A Riparian Planting Primer
Thick buffers of native trees, shrubs, and grasses along streambanks are essential to water quality and to the health of small brooks, lakes, and large rivers. They shade and cool surface waters, filter runoff from developed areas, and provide shelter, forage, and food for wildlife. Their root systems hold streambanks secure, preventing excess erosion. They protect groundwater and absorb flood waters.
Stewardship

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