Neversink Reservoir Permit Supersized!

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From keel to kitchen sink, one of NYC’s beautiful water sources.

We’re grateful and happy to announce that the NYC Department of Environmental Protection has issued a five-year permit for HarborLAB’s education and stewardship programs on the Neversink Reservoir. This follows great success with earlier annual and event permits. The longer duration allows us to better plan seasons in advance and to explore enhancements in coordination with NYCDEP.

Our innovative “ReservoirLAB” project introduces city youth to their drinking water through canoeing and kayaking on the highest elevation Catskill Mountain reservoir, the Neversink. Before heading up to paddle and hike the surrounding forest, participants are prepped with classroom talks by our volunteers. We hope to engage Catskills youth, conservation groups, universities, and other partners as we grow, subject to approval by NYCDEP.

This extension is a testament to the wonderful volunteers who’ve made this program a wonderful part of hundreds of kids’ lives. Congratulations to Patricia Menje Erickson and her crew!

HarborLAB volunteers have been trained by the NYCDEP education department as “Watershed Docents” and earn Red Cross adult and pediatric certification in AED, CPR, First Aid, Basic Water Rescue, and Safety Around Water.  Your support pays for that vital training and safety equipment. Thanks!

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A short hike to learn how forests protect our water.

A Great Green Drinks Gathering in Flushing!

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Newtown Creek Alliance historian and Green Drinks Queens steering committee member Mitch Waxman hams it up while John Choe of the Flushing Chamber of Commerce speaks. 

Green Drinks Queens came to bustling downtown Flushing last night for a fun night of networking, sharing ideas, and gathering support to help make our borough more sustainable. Huge thanks to the Flushing Chamber of Commerce for partnering to organize the event and Leaf Lounge for providing an awesome rooftop venue and drink specials!

Guardians of Flushing Bay, Transportation Alternatives, and Green Earth Urban Gardens spoke of activism needed for clean water and soil and safe bicycling. Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum was a surprise speaker who highlighted threats to street trees and Flushing’s role as home the first colonial tree nurseries in the Americas. Dan Miner of the NYC Chapter of 350.org and a Green Drinks Queens steering committee member reminded us of the bigger picture problem of climate change that our local efforts must help resolve.

Participants had a blast playing a local environmental trivia game for material and experiential prizes ranging from special theme tours to bicycle lights and local dumplings.

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Sunset over Manhattan as seen from Leaf Lounge.