A number of water-related issues face Putnam County residents and businesses, including drinking water quality, non-point source pollution, over-use and mis-use of fertilizers, landscaping practices and loss of water-protective ecosystems due to population growth. About one-third of Putnam County is water, much of it in the New York City Watershed, operated by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/watershed_protection/home/htm

The Great Swamp, a wetlands ecosystem that provides habitat, food and shelter to a wide variety of birds, amphibians, fish, insects and plants, is one of the most effective purifiers of underground aquifers. Putnam County is home to a number of protected species, including the Indiana Brown Bat and a small population of Blandings turtles. Invasive plants like the Common Reed, Mile-A-Minute Vine and Black Swallowwort can endanger these and other animals and change the ecosystems they depend on. Native plants, on the other hand, are hardy, low-maintenance solutions that help protect the environment and give you a beautiful garden. Our professional educators can link you to fact sheets, websites and research-based information about the natural resources in the county and the region, native plants and animals, invasive species and control methods, as well as university research in these areas.

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Caring for Storm Damaged Trees

The howling winds and heavy snows of Winter Storm Riley broke branches and uprooted trees. Now that professional crews have cleared debris from utility lines, you may need to assess the damage to your landscape.

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PC Tree & Seedling Sale Pick Up

Orders placed for the 2018 Putnam County Tree & Seedling Sale will be available for pickup on Fri, April 20 & Saturday, April 21 at the Putnam County Veterans' Memorial Park, 201 Gipsy Trail Rd., Kent.

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Invasive Earthworms

The Asian jumping earthworm is an invasive species that endangers our forests. Find out how what it does, and how to identify and help contain these worms.

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CCEPC is your resource for information on soils, site improvement, plant selection, proper plant care, eco-friendly practices, integrated pest management, composting and so much more!

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Jennifer Lerner
Resource Educator, Environmental Horticulture and Natural Resource

Last updated April 13, 2018