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Stories of the Ausable

Keep up with the work of Ausable River Association staff. Stories of the River shares information about our stewardship and monitoring work, natural stream restoration, and culvert replacement techniques by highlighting specific projects in the Ausable River watershed of northern New York. It also gives you fun facts about the plants and wildlife that life in the Ausable watershed, as well as tips for enjoying responsible, low-impact recreational opportunities.

Jan
23
2020
How Do Ice Jams Form?
Ice jams form when the amount of ice moving in the river exceeds the river channel's transport capacity – its ability to move materials downstream. The process begins when cold winters create thick bank to bank ice on streams. Bank spanning surface ice...
Ecology
Jan
09
2020
Adirondack Lake Ice Safety
As a general rule of thumb, ice is safe to walk on when there is 4 inches or more of clear ice. It is important to understand that different types of ice varying in their strength.
Recreation
Dec
05
2019
How is AsRA engaging youth?
Continued private and grant-funded support of the Ausable River Association allows us to continue to protect the clean water, healthy streams, and diverse habitats of the Ausable watershed by ensuring we can inspire responsible stewardship in our communities and among visitors – kids and adults – through a variety of educational programs.
Stewardship
Sep
26
2019
Seedlings for Healthy Streams
AsRA is planting trees and monitoring their growth for riparian restoration. Read more about our work with local botanist Steve Langdon as we plan for the success of future river restoration projects on the Ausable River.
Restoration
Sep
12
2019
2018 Annual Report Summary
Read a recap of AsRA's work and accomplishments in 2018.
Aug
08
2019
Connectivity for Stream Health
How do we ensure the health of wild streams? Restoring connectivity by replacing or retrofitting undersized, collapsing, or deteriorated road crossings is one essential step. The 4-sided concrete structure in the "before" photo below is slightly...
Restoration
Jul
31
2019
What causes parallel lines of bubbles to form on lakes?
Langmuir circulation, or Langmuir spirals, causes horizontal lines of bubbles or foam to form on the surface of lakes. Under the right wind conditions, the combination of wave action and shear stress causes spiraling horizontal currents to form near the lake surface. Adjacent cells rotate counter to one another, creating alternating areas of upwelling and downwelling. Air bubbles and other debris get caught in the downwelling areas, forming long lines that run parallel to the direction of the prevailing winds.
Limnology
Jul
24
2019
A Paddling Tour of Lake Everest
AsRA’s staff leads a paddling tour of Lake Everest in Wilmington as a part of the summer river tour series.
Stewardship
Jul
11
2019
River Tour Hike to Owen and Copperas Ponds
As part of a series of educational river tours and hikes, AsRA’s staff led members of the community on a hike of Owen and Copperas Ponds last Wednesday.
Stewardship
Jul
10
2019
How are bathymetric maps made?
Bathymetry is the measure of depth of water in ocean, seas, and lakes. Maps of these depths are referred to as bathymetric maps. They are important tools for navigation, fishing, and scientific studies. So how are these maps made?
Limnology

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