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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.

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
Jul
03
2019
5 Techniques To ID Aquatic Plants
AsRA's River Steward, Liz Kamb, is raising awareness about environmentally and economically harmful invasive species among residents of and visitors to the Ausable watershed. You can help her conduct visual surveys of the Ausable River by looking out for aquatic invasive species throughout the summer. Read on to learn about five key anatomical features that will help you know the characteristics to watch out for when identifying invasive plants. With many more eyes on the lookout, concerned citizens can make a big difference in the identification and eradication of new aquatic invasive plant populations.
Invasives
Jun
28
2019
The Stream Health Pyramid
Building Blocks of Stream HealthIs geomorphology underwater topography? What is the difference between hydrology and hydraulics? And how is all of this related to healthy fish populations? We agree, the terminology of stream health can be a bit...
Restoration
Jun
07
2019
Where does the river steward work?
She's here, she's there, she's everywhere! Get an update on Liz's plans for the summer.
Stewardship
May
08
2019
Stream Features: Riffle to Glide
There's a pattern to be learned in the features of a stream.
Restoration
Apr
25
2019
Adirondack Salamanders
The Ausable watershed is home to a diverse array of amphibians, including frogs, toads, and salamanders, and, though they may not be thought of as terrestrial animals, many spend most of their adult lives in the woods and waterway edges. Some utilize...
Ecology
Mar
21
2019
Fish of the Ausable Watershed, Part II
The Ausable watershed encompasses 512 square miles, 27 High Peaks, and includes 94 miles of river channel fed by more than 70 streams. It is home to over 20,000 human residents living primarily in settlements downstream of its protected...
Ecology

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