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Studying, protecting, and sharing our local watershed

EUS is a participant in grants promoting community science, sustainable trail design, and dam assessment

Studying, protecting, and sharing our local watershed
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently awarded Bard two Hudson River Estuary Program grants, in addition to one awarded in 2015 to support the development of a science-based community stewardship group called the Saw Kill Watershed Community (SKWC). The two new grants are both feasibility studies, one to plan for improvements to trails along the water, and one to determine next steps for a dam along the Saw Kill. Bard was also awarded a one-million-dollar NYSERDA grant to study the feasibility of micro-hydroelectric power generation on the Saw Kill and similar waterways. EUS faculty, staff, students and partners are part of all of these projects.

SKWC brings together Bard faculty and staff and local community members. EUS professor Eli Dueker led the grant-writing team, and Dr. Dueker, EUS Executive Administrator Tom O’Dowd form the interim leadership team, and together with Carolyn Klocker of Dutchess County Cornell Cooperative Extentsion and Red Hook community members Karen Schneller-McDonald and Sheila Buff. SKWC's mission is “building community through hands-on science, education, advocacy, to protect the Saw Kill watershed and its ecological, recreational, and historical resources." This project uses and connects scientific research to inform and raise community stewardship of the watershed. In January 2016 the group began holding monthly “community conversations” to focus on local watershed issues and take actions.

For more information on the Saw Kill Watershed Community:

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EUS Program Updates
EUS Focus Areas change
As of moderation Spring 2017, EUS has reduced its focus areas from 9 to 6. EUS students moderating before Spring 2017 may continue with the focus area they were assigned at moderation. EUS students moderating Spring 2017 and onward will moderate into one of the following focus areas: 
Agriculture and Food Systems
Environmental Humanities and the Arts
Environmental Science – Ecology, Conservation, and Health
Environment, Society, and Culture
Environmental Economics, Policy, and Development
Urban and Regional Studies
More info: http://eus.bard.edu/focusareas/

Featured Internships:
Summer Internship at Blithewood Gardens
● Creating a site plan of the architecture and gardens at Blithewood
● Photographic documentation of the site
● May also digitize historic documents (plans, blueprints)
● Formal reflection on and self-evaluation of the work
● Presentation of findings and experiences to fellow students, faculty, and staff
● Schedule and Compensation: 15-17 hours / week for 6-8 weeks to total 100 hours ($10/hr)

Livestock Internship at Gansvoort Farm
● Assist with fall livestock activities at a 100% grass-fed sheep farm
● Farm run by Bard Center for Environmental Policy faculty person, Jennifer Phillips.
● Hands-on experience on a livestock farm
● Introduction to basic principles of sustainable farming systems.
● Activities such as sheep health condition scoring, working with portable electric sheep netting and managing a working border collie
● Read and discuss peer-reviewed papers. Readings can be tailored for interns’ interests.