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.
The NYS Dept. of Agriculture & Markets recently confirmed that the invasive spotted lanternfly has been found in Delaware County, New York. The pest targets ailanthus trees and attacks a variety of crops (grapes, hops apples and forest products).
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.
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.
Learn how you can better prepare yourself for the bitter winters of New York State.
Last updated November 15, 2018