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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.

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
Apr
20
2022
April Showers Bring...Billions of Gallons of Water
April 2022 was off to a rainy start, but how much water fell from the sky in the early April storm? Where did it all go?
Hydrology
Apr
14
2022
Give Invasive Species the Brush Off
Invasive species pose a threat to the Ausable River watershed and Adirondack Park as a whole. They threaten natural ecosystems, recreation, and local economies. This region is known for its beautiful landscapes and natural areas that are easily...
Invasives
Apr
06
2022
What Is Ice Out and Why Does It Matter?
Spring is an exciting time of year, and an important one for lakes. A meaningful sign of spring in the Adirondacks is ice out on our lakes.
Limnology
Mar
23
2022
What Can A River Do For You, Your Community, And Your Planet?
What are ecosystem services? What role does a healthy, functioning river have in the delivery of these services?
Ecology
Mar
16
2022
What Are Durable Surfaces?
Walking on muddy trails at higher elevations can erode trails and cause trail widening by those attempting to skirt around muddy patches. To address this concern, and the added issue of trampling fragile vegetation, the second principle of Leave No Trace is “travel and camp on durable surfaces.” But what does this mean? What are durable surfaces? And how do we know what to travel and camp on?
Recreation
Feb
16
2022
Protecting Infrastructure in Keene - Phase Two
In summer 2021, AsRA managed phase two of a restoration effort on the East Branch Ausable River that began the previous year in response to an exposed water main in the Hamlet of Keene. The project, designed in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and funded primarily through the Lake Champlain Basin Program, utilized natural channel restoration methods to improve sediment transport and restore aquatic habitat.
Restoration
Feb
10
2022
Winter Outdoor Activity Tips
Let’s say you’re sitting in your warm house or apartment, dreaming of a popular winter outdoor activity in the Adirondacks such as hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, or skating. Do you know how to plan a safe and enjoyable trip? Check out these winter outdoor activity tips to make sure!
Recreation
Feb
03
2022
What's Attacking Our Hemlock Trees?
What’s white and fluffy on hemlock trees in the winter? Hopefully, your answer is snow, but in some places the answer is hemlock woolly adelgid. While snow is covering the top of the branches, these invasive insects could be covering the underside, feeding on and damaging the hemlock tree.
Invasives

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