Cornell Cooperative Extension links research, experience and technology to the needs of people. The mission of Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (CCEDC) is to strengthen Dutchess County through community involvement action and Education. CCEDC has four main program areas: Agriculture & Horticulture, Family & Consumer Education, 4-H Youth Development and the Environment. Through education, research and partnerships, the Environment Program empowers individuals and municipal groups to expand their knowledge and actions to protect, restore and enhance the environment of Dutchess County for future generations. The CCEDC Environment Program works to protect our county’s rich water resources by offering workshops, conferences and demonstration projects on topics that help prevent pollution of local lakes, rivers, streams and drinking water supplies. Examples include care and maintenance of septic systems, well protection, stormwater management, and landscaping for water quality. We also work to provide technical resources and support of local watershed organizations. For more information about the CCEDC Environment program, visit their website at: www.ccedutchess.org or call 845-677-8223.
The Vassar College Environmental Research Institute (ERI) is a research and public outreach wing of Vassar’s Environmental Studies Program. Its mission is to provide opportunities for faculty and students to conduct research on Earth’s environmental systems, to promote fieldwork, and to foster engagement with the local community. To meet these goals, the ERI promotes and funds multidisciplinary research and education, hosts educational events and conferences, and acts as a bridge to the larger Hudson Valley community on environmental concerns.
Since the spring of 2006, members of the ERI have been working on the Casperkill Project: a team of faculty and students from the departments of Chemistry, Biology, Earth Science and Geography, and Urban Studies have established a long-term research study on the health of the Casperkill Creek and its watershed. Student and faculty researchers have conducted water quality monitoring, assessing such parameters as the amount of road salt in the stream; dissolved oxygen, nutrient, bacteria, and heavy metal levels; stream water pH; the extent and species composition of streamside vegetation; and the state of aquatic organisms. The goal of the project has been to determine what the overall health of the stream is, to identify sources of pollution, and to work with local residents and government officials to improve water quality. For more information about Vassar College, visit their website at: www.vassar.edu or call 845-437-7000.
CCEDC and Vassar College do not discriminate on the basis of any legally prohibited discrimination involving, but not limited to, such factors as race, color, religious belief, sex, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, or age in the administration of their educational policies or programs. Both CCEDC and Vassar College are affirmative action/equal opportunity employers and educators, and are strongly and actively committed to diversity.