Kingston, NY – Building upon its previous success, Ulster County Mike Hein is pleased to announce that Creek Week will be held from September 15 through September 23rd this year. “The array and abundance of water resources that are found across the County are worthy of a celebration, and our annual Creek Week is the perfect way for residents and visitors alike to enjoy and learn about these waterways that the County is so privileged to have,” stated County Executive Mike Hein.

This year’s impressive line up offers a variety of events organized by various municipal, environmental, and community groups. According to Amanda LaValle, Coordinator of the County Department for the Environment, “events such as those occurring throughout Creek Week better connect people to places that are right outside their door. These activities provide residents with opportunities to not only learn something new, but also encourages people to become actively involved, enjoy time outside with friends and family, or simply just to have some fun.”  All of the events can be seen on the Ulster County Environmental Management Council website, http://ucenvironment.org.

In addition to the new roster of events that is being offered, a new component has been added to the County’s interactive online mapping tool, Ulster County REConnect (wwwUlsterAlive.com/REConnect), specifically for Creek Week. County Executive Hein explained, “Each event has been added to the REConnect site, allowing for visitors to see not only the exact location and specific details of each event, but also to zoom in to each area and learn about other recreational opportunities that exist nearby.”

Events during the week include nature walks, family-friendly fishing, kayak tours, rain garden and green infrastructure tours, aquatic critter hunts, movie screenings, local history talks, forums on environmental issues, and more.

“We’re excited about the variety of events being offered this year. We’ve encouraged many of the local environmental groups to sponsor events in their communities. The result is we have events across the county and hopefully something for everyone.” states Steve Noble, Chairman of the Ulster County Environmental Management Council, a major supporter for Creek Week.

Other organizers this year include the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program, Riverkeeper, and the Lower Esopus Watershed Partnership. Kate Hudson, Riverkeeper Watershed Program director and Ulster County resident, will lead a kayaking tour on the tidal Lower Esopus, Saturday, Sept. 22, in collaboration with the Lower Esopus Watershed Partnership as well as TrailCross.com and Kenco. She said:

“The Hudson River's health is dependent on the health of the creeks that feed it. Riverkeeper has been working with dedicated community partners in some of Ulster County's most important waterways, to restore the Lower Esopus, and to monitor water quality on the Rondout and Wallkill. Creek Week will bring needed attention to these beautiful waterways, and the actions needed to protect and restore them.”

According to Brent Gotsch of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County’s Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program, whose organization is hosting a “Creek Speak” on September 16, “The Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program sees Ulster County Creek Week as a great opportunity for residents and visitors alike to learn about and enjoy the creeks, streams, and waters in their very own backyard. These events encourage stewardship of the areas many water resources and relay the importance that these streams play in our everyday lives.”

Ulster County REConnect, complete with all of the locations for all Creek Week events can be found online at www.UlsterAlive.com/REConnect.  For a roster of Creek Week events, including full details on each, visit: http://ucenvironment.org.