Environment

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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Climate Change

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges faced by our generation, and Cornell researchers are involved with many aspects of addressing this challenge regionally and globally.

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Small Farms

CCE-Putnam is unique among local organizations in offering a continuum of education and resources that enable it to address a food systems issues in a holistic way

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Japanese Stiltgrass

Thought to have been introduced as packing material in crates from China, Japanese stiltgrass can grow in a variety of habitats.

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Food Gardening

Growing your own food can be a very satisfying effort that pays off in a number of ways: your fruits and vegetables are fresher and you can choose the exact varieties that you and your family enjoy.

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Contact

Jennifer Stengle
Resource Educator, Environmental Horticulture and Natural Resource
jjs95@cornell.edu
845-278-6738

Last updated February 23, 2017