Columbia County Soil & Water Conservation District
1024 State Route 66
Ghent, NY 12075 Phone: (518) 828-4386 option 5
Fax: (518) 822-02197
Office hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Summertime in the bird and butterfly garden behind our District office. Please come and enjoy this little piece of paradise.
In the News
Bare Root Tree & Shrub Sale
Thank you to all of our 2015 Bare Root Tree and Shrub Sale customers - both returning and first-timers. This years sale was another success because of you. We look forward to seeing you at the 2016 sale.
State Releases Funds for Flood Repairs
New York State and the Department of Environmental Conservation recently released grant money to restore and rehabilitate waterways damaged from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Columbia County received a portion of the $9 million state Flood Mitigation and Flood Control Grant. Ten local projects received funding from the state with Columbia County being awarded a grant of $302,500. Columbia County Soil & Water Conservation District is the sponsoring organization and is administering the grant throughout the county. Towns that have received funding include: Copake, Livingston, New Lebanon, Taghkanic, Austerlitz, and Claverack.
CCSWCD Awarded State Grant for Farm Water Quality
Columbia County Soil & Water Conservation District is the recipient of a grant awarded by the New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee. The grant will assist Dutch Hollow Farm (Stuyvesant) with a water quality improvement project. According to Soil & Water Executive Director, Laura Sager, the funding will be used to purchase and install an improved filter system to prevent nutrient pollution from entering the Muitzes Kill Creek, a tributary of the Hudson River. The improvement project is being conducted as part of new conservation standards recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Grant Highlights Green Infrastructure at Roe Jan Library
The District, in partnership with the Lower Hudson Coalition of Conservation Districts, was able to secure a grant from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. The grant was utilized to make a video highlighting green infrastructure at the Roe Jan Library in Hillsdale. The Roe Jan Library installed a porous parking area that allows rainwater to permeate through the concrete thereby reducing flooding. Additionally, the library installed a rain garden and bioswale that filter rainwater from roof runoff and the parking area. The gardens and porous concrete help to slow down, soak up, and filter rainwater that drains into the adjacent Roe Jan Kill. The porous concrete is the first of its kind in our region. To view the green infrastructure project, please watch the video: