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This logo was designed to convey a feeling of growth through the natural environment.

The tree is used to symbolize growth and learning. The colors used are earth-tone. The center shape is an abstract representation of a tree with two branches reaching out to the right and left to create colored quadrants. The upper left quadrant is orange to represent the sun and energy. Left of it, is blue, which represents the sky. The two lower quadrants are green and blue to represent land and water.

The tree grows (learns) when provided land, water, air, and energy. The tree represents the community members, students, and participants in the Finger Lakes Learning program who grow through exposure to the knowledge of their environment. Logo designed by Kevin Hurley.

SENECA LAKE EARTHDAY

APRIL 21 , 2016

For Earthday 2016 the  SCA (Student Conservation Association)  did  chemical and biological testing at four points on Seneca Lake.  This experience  provided the participant a hands- on experience of doing severtal chemical tests and macroinvertebrate identification.  The data collected will be made public on our website  and sent in to NYSDEC with our annual report.

REPORT:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByxdvJ_aCqraS1JfMF85bm5Lcnc/view?ths=true

River Fest 2015

CHEMUNG RIVER AQUATIC STUDY

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RIVER FEST

ELMIRA, New York

June 6, 2015

FINAL REPORT

NEW YORK STATE FISH AND WILDLIFE

LICENSE # 51

submitted to:

Special Licenses Unit

For New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation

625 Broadway

Albany, New York 12233-4752

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Ms. Beth Farr/ Near Westside Neighborhood Association

Chemung County, New York

Submitted by:

River Fest Volunteers

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Finger Lakes Learning Inc.

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The individuals and organizations who were involved in the project: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources-Special Licenses Unit; Ms. Beth Farr/ Near Westside Neighborhood Assoc. , Mr. Pete Frei and Mrs. Jacqueline Stonier/ Finger Lakes learning Inc., Kelly Gampel for media coverage (The Elmira Star Gazette) and the twenty one volunteers who help collect and identify specimens.

PREFACE

This was another successful year for our group at the Elmira River Fest program. We are planning to expand our program to area schools and groups this coming year. Our group feels that programs, such as the River Fest Aquatic program helps to build positive educational relationships between residents and local community groups.

Learning about our aquatic ecosystems helps to foster attitudes of protecting the environment. Our Turtle-Amphibian education display helped to answer many questions folks had about our native species found in the region.

Many people have come to realize that our water system is important. As responsible humans, we must take steps to protect all ecosystems. No one will dispute that clean water and a healthy ecosystem is important. Habitat protection is also important in the Finger Lakes of New York. Education will influence how people impact their environment.

Discussion

Our aquatic study was not only to determine the health of the Chemung River, but at the same time to raise environmental awareness and ultimately, habitat protection. Our biotic tests included collecting invertebrates to determine the biotic index.

We do not have abiotic data to report at this event.

LOCATION: Chemung River/Elmira, NY Grove St. site

NYS DEC Aquatic Macro-invertebrate Reporting form  
Licensee Name R. Hurley License # 51 06/06/15
Waterbody Collection Date Site Coordinate Order Name Number Collected Biotic Value Total Biotic Value
Chemung River/Grove Street Boat Launch 06/06/15 Lat 420 09′ 47”N,Long 76049′ 05”W Gerris marginatus water strider 6 10 60
Chemung River/Grove Street Boat Launch 06/06/15 Lat 420 09′ 47”N,Long 76049′ 05”W Gastropoda snail/slug 92 4 368
Chemung River/Grove Street Boat Launch 06/06/15 Lat 420 09′ 47”N,Long 76049′ 05”W Oligochaeta aquatic worm 35 0 0
Chemung River/Grove Street Boat Launch 06/06/15 Lat 420 09′ 47”N,Long 76049′ 05”W Coleoptera beetle 24 8 192
Chemung River/Grove Street Boat Launch 06/06/15 Lat 420 09′ 47”N,Long 76049′ 05”W Ephemeroptera mayfly 1 10 10
Chemung River/Grove Street Boat Launch 06/06/15 Lat 420 09′ 47”N,Long 76049′ 05”W Amphipoda scud 52 6 312
Chemung River/Grove Street Boat Launch 06/06/15 Lat 420 09′ 47”N,Long 76049′ 05”W Cambarus bartoni Crayfish 6 6 36
Chemung River/Grove Street Boat Launch 06/06/15 Lat 420 09′ 47”N,Long 76049′ 05”W Anisoptera Dragon Fly 3 6 18
Chemung River/Grove Street Boat Launch 06/06/15 Lat 420 09′ 47”N,Long 76049′ 05”W Trichoptera caddisfly 7 10 70
Chemung River/Grove Street Boat Launch 06/06/15 Lat 420 09′ 47”N,Long 76049′ 05”W Bivalvia clam 18 6 108
Chemung River/Grove Street Boat Launch 06/06/15 Lat 420 09′ 47”N,Long 76049′ 05”W Hirudinea leech 3 2 6
   
       
total 247 1180
biotic index 47.7
  fair

Write your biotic value index here: 47.7 level fair

Excellent > 80

Good 60-79

Fair 40-59

Poor < 40

*Biotic values and scores are based on NYSDEC publication Biological Stream Testing by Robert Bode.

The Chemung River Aquatic Program was successful again in bringing some education to folks about our freshwater ecosystem . Our Reptile Amphibian display was well attended. Some of the specimens at display included: Painted turtles (Eastern and Midland), Red spotted Newt, Green frog, and several other specimens. We emphasized the importance that these organisms are part of an ecosystem and would be returned where they were found.

Our biotic index, as outlined in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation publication Biological Stream Testing by Robert Bode, indicated a value of . This year the CHEMUNG RIVER tested at a fair level (47.7).

It should be noted that our study is one survey only, and the conditions of a river change throughout the year. Therefore, ongoing water tests would provide more reliable data. More testing should be done throughout the year. There were several participants who commented that the aquatic program was enjoyable and they would do it again. It was educational and interesting for the community folks who participated. We had good media coverage for our part in the event (June 7,2015,Star Gazette article ).

At approximately 4:00 PM we concluded our survey. Approximately people 21 sign in and who worked with the aquatic project.

Many thanks to all those who helped.

Rich Hurley

Environmental Educator

Finger Lakes Learning Inc.

Chemung River Fest Collectors

Date: 6/06/15

Finger Lakes Learning Inc.

Rich Hurley

Jacqueline Stonier

Pete Frei

Community

Sara Looney

Raionna Brewer

Rylan Brewer

Austin Timerman

Ian Hassell

Rebecca Edson

Isabella Collins

Jauanta Andrews

Shane Haskins

Taylor Lamont

Quinn Roberts

Cameron Perry

James Van Houton

Christina Jones

Lora Timonin

Mae Timonin

Helen Timonin

Justin Fuchs

Olivia Blye

Kaylee Leopold

Naomi Scarbourgh