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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.

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 Mystery Snail in Mirror Lake
In 2018 AsRA staff and board 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
Jun
15
2018
The Songs of Frogs
There are several different frog calls in our watershed, and with a little practice, you can learn to identify which frog songs you are hearing!
Ecology
May
30
2018
Spring Riparian Restoration
AsRA partners and volunteers planted 300 trees and shrubs on Mirror Lake and the Ausable River.
Stewardship
May
04
2018
Using Science To Save Mirror Lake
The solution to Mirror Lake’s problem may seem simple: reduce salt use. On the surface, that is what we need to do, but the devil is in the details.
Road Salt
Apr
18
2018
Protecting Communities - Saving Streams
In the summer of 2017, the Ausable River Association completed the replacement of a culvert over a Rocky Branch tributary on Nugent Road in the Town of Jay -- our fifth Climate-Ready Culvert. Because of the deteriorating and undersized pipes used to move the stream under it, Nugent Road flooded frequently in storms making it impassable for residents, emergency services, and for access to Town of Jay water supply infrastructure. Read more about how corrected this safety hazard.
Restoration

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