Tour and learn about watersheds
A watershed is a basin, and all water falling within that basin makes its way downhill and into streams, creeks and rivers, which eventually enter the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s oceans.
Watersheds can extend for miles beyond a riverÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s actual course and, like the river, also face threats from pollution and development.
Local watershed organizations work to highlight the problems and the solutions.
Take the Hackensack Riverkeeper, for example.
The Hackensack is a town down in Ã¢â‚¬Å“Jersey,Ã¢â‚¬? but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s also a river that starts in Rockland, near the Clarkstown/Ramapo border. It provides drinking water to the county by filling the Lake Deforest reservoir, while also supplying many New Jersey communities. So what happens to the river in Rockland also has consequences for the Garden State.
The Hackensck Riverkeeper, a citizen-steward organization, continues to educate the public about the watershed and has just released its 2007 Eco-Program schedule of tours.
Forget about Hoffa and The Sopranos, a tour of the Meadowlands is perfectly safe, the Hackensack Riverkeeper assures us. You can float in a boat, or paddle a canoe or kayak. You can also opt for guided birding tours.
Log onto <a href=”http://www.hackensackriverkeeper.org” target=”_blank”>Hackensack Riverkeeper</a> for more information.