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Upper Delaware Council Hosts “Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!” Public Presentation on Sept. 7

Leeann Bruetsch, left, Sullivan County Team Leaders, and Mary Keefe, Assistant Program Coordinator for the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership Watershed Steward Program, exhibit at the July 15 NPS Zane Grey Festival in Lackawaxen, PA.

NARROWSBURG — The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) will host a presentation on “Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!” by the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP) Watershed Steward Program on Thursday, September 7, at 7:00 p.m. at the UDC office located at 211 Bridge Street, Narrowsburg, NY, with a Zoom option available for remote participation.

Watershed Steward Program (WSP) Team Leader for Sullivan County Leeann Bruetsch and Assistant Program Coordinator Mary Keefe will offer a fun and informative session on different Aquatic Invasive Species.

In addition to showing the types of aquatic animals (mollusks, crustaceans, and fish) and plants (floating, submerged, and algae) to watch out for, they will explain why it’s important to “Clean, Drain and Treat” boats and fishing equipment before and after visiting every waterbody.

Participants will hear some funny and uplifting success stories from this campaign and receive free goody bags to take home.

Watershed Stewards are posted at various public boat and fishing launch areas throughout New York State to inform people how they can help stop the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species.

CRISP is a partnership hosted by The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development based in Arkville, NY. CRISP manages a Watercraft Inspection program that is hosted by SUNY Oneonta and funded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

The UDC business meeting that follows the presentation will include status reports from the Delaware River Basin Commission, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, National Park Service, and the UDC Executive Director; discussion of old and new business; and public comment.

All UDC meetings are open to the public. For further information on how to participate, contact Administrative Support Stephanie Driscoll at or (845) 252-3022.

Please check or UDC social media pages for any meeting updates.


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