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Protecting the Kayaderosseras Creek

We are a volunteer, not-for-profit organization established to protect the Kayaderosseras Creek and its watershed in Saratoga County, New York, for purposes of conservation, education, and recreation.

Our mission is to promote awareness and appreciation of the Kayaderosseras Creek, locally known as the “Kaydeross”, and to inspire action to preserve and protect the creek, its tributaries and its watershed as habitat for fish and wildlife, and as a recreational and scenic resource for residents and visitors in surrounding communities.

Check us out on Facebook (@FriendsoftheKayaderosseras) and Twitter (@kayaderosseras).

Recap of March Annual Meeting 2021

by Julie McDonough • April 20, 2021

Friends of the Kayaderosseras 17th Annual Meeting was held on March 15, 2021 at 7:00pm via video conference, and included a growing range of subjects as we sturdily move forward with our mission to promote and protect the creek as a recreational and scenic resource in Saratoga County.

Guest Speaker:

Mark Kugler, Stream Technician | Otsego County Soil & Water Conservation District & former Fisheries Technician for NYSDEC’s Central Office

Mark is a resource scientist and obtained his degree in Fisheries & Aquaculture from SUNY Cobleskill. His pursuit of fish-related objectives began at a young age on the Kayaderosseras Creek. He is an avid catch and release fly angler who has fished all over the Northeast, and author’s industry related conservation articles. His presentation to our group was centered on the absolute importance of trout habitat improvement being the most prudent option for producing long-lasting impacts to promote sustainable fish populations. This requires dedication, patience, and an understanding of the connection between land and water. Mark respects and applauds the members of the FoK for their steady endeavors over the last 17 years, and we truly appreciate his addressing us this year.

Kay D. Ross “Cow Trophy Award” Presentation:

The 2020-2021 Cow Trophy Award was presented to Mr. Norm Bovee by last year’s recipient Boy Scout Troop 4011 in Saratoga. FoK recognized Norm for his exceptional volunteerism to the organization. We would like to thank him again for his hard work, dedication, support, and sharing of equipment!

Defenders of the Kayaderosseras Exalted Sword Recipient:

Buddy Glastetter was recognized for his dedicated efforts for many years as the Treasurer for FoK and was presented the “Defenders of the Kayaderosseras Exalted Sword” by Blue Neils. Buddy truly has kept us organized for many, many years and leaves a legacy of perfectly organized reports to pass on. The organization truly appreciates your unwavering time and support in the past, and we hope your future “waivers” include waves to us in the future. Thank you!

UPDATE: Axe Factory Preserve

With the Spring weather allowing needed access to the Axe Factory Preserve, now owned and managed by the FoK, we will continue to develop trails, and improve public access and awareness.

UPDATE: FoK Logo Design

A new logo, designed by Joe Acee, Director of Recreation for FoK, was introduced. This updated graphic of the Great Blue Heron on the waters edge allows for use in a variety of ways for signage & markers at our programs, trails, and sites (physical and online). Thank you Joe for the newly scaled version of our great-feathered friend.

2021 FoK Slate of Officers

During the Annual Meeting we elected this year’s slate of officers. We are happy to announce the following slate:

Josh Ness | President

Eric Anderson | Vice President

Kris Neddo | Secretary

Andrew Sheridan | Treasurer

Kate Gawrys | Director of Communication

Joe Acee | Director of Conservation

Rich Bashant | Director of Recreational Access

Julie McDonough | Director of Education & Outreach

We all look forward to doing everything we can to fulfill our mission during this busy upcoming year. If you ever have any questions or concerns regarding the direction of the FoK and their mission, please do not hesitate to reach out to us! We hope to see many new faces this year at our events as we continue to grow. Thank you!

Annual Meeting TONIGHT!

by FOK Members • March 15, 2021

Annual Meeting is TONIGHT!

Topic: Friends of the Kayaderosseras Annual Meeting Time: Mar 15, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/74812728807?pwd=SStkSEdwUVZSUWpYZVMwMlZrZTNMZz09

Meeting ID: 748 1272 8807 Passcode: Cr5enD

Recap of our year during Covid

Board of the Directors Ballot and Vote

The guest speaker for the 2021 annual meeting is Mark Kugler, a resource scientist who will be discussing the opportunities and challenges of fish stocking in the Kayaderosseras. As a non-traditional student, Mark studied Fisheries and Aquaculture at SUNY Cobleskill after which he was employed at DEC’s Central Office as a seasonal Fisheries Technician. Now in his third year as a Stream Technician for the Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District in Cooperstown, NY, his work primarily involves riparian restoration within New York’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, and he aspires to learn natural stream channel design. Mark is an avid catch and release fly angler who has fished extensively throughout much of the Northeast (including a lot of time in the Kayaderosseras). His preferred fish to target are trout, with brook trout being his favorite.

Winter 2020-2021 Newsletter

by FOK Members • February 24, 2021

We have highlighted events and progress from the last year, included information about our stocking program, research on stream monitoring education, and listed a few of our events coming up this year! Check out our Winter Newsletter and join us on March 15th at 7pm for our Annual Meeting.

Fish Stocking Round 2

by FOK Members • November 7, 2020

On Saturday November 7th, with the help of a small group of FOK members and families, the Kayadeross was stocked with trout before the winter. We are missing the community stocking event and cannot wait to get back to having the public assist with this event in the future! Thank you to all the members who donate every year in support of the Trout Stocking! Thank you to Avery Fish Hatchery for supplying the fish and the volunteers for assisting in the stocking!

Fall Clean Up

by FOK Members • November 7, 2020

Fall clean up was a success! We had over 35 volunteers from the community, Boy Scouts, FOK members and the BSHS Student Government Club.

We were able to divide and conquer 7 sites, collecting debris, garbage, and furniture to fill an entire dumpster in a few short hours.

Thank you to all the volunteers. There are always things to pick up so please help us by cleaning up after yourselves when visiting our local water access points!

Wading for Tires

by FoK volunteers • August 9, 2020

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out at our Wading for Tires event yesterday. The water was high and work was a little more difficult, however the group made a good sweep and cleared another pile of tires and loads of trash from the Creek. It does seem like we are finding fewer and fewer of these years-old tires in this stretch of the Creek, which is good news. And for those who have participated in this fun over the past few years, you will be happy to hear that "that tire" (you know the one) is no longer in the creek. Nice!

Thanks again to all who have helped with this project yesterday and over the years.

Spring Clean Up Part 2

by FoK Members • July 26, 2020

A second round of clean up took place on Saturday July 18th at Axe Factory Preserve. Another crew volunteered to remove a dumpster worth of garbage, debris and appliances. Always work to be done but great progress has been made this season! Thank you to all of our volunteers!

Creek Tender Paddle

by FoK volunteers • June 20, 2020

Thanks to all of the Creek Tender Paddle volunteers on Saturday June 20th. Starting at Grays Crossing and ending at Driscoll Road we opened up some partial blockages, and continue to remove tires and trash from the creek. With the low water levels there is one area just after the “rapids” that requires a portage.

Thanks for your help!

Ax Factory Preserve Trail Work

by FoK volunteers • June 14, 2020

We had a great day. We had twenty-four volunteers helping out, including Axe Factory neighbors, our friends from Troop 11 Saratoga, and we even had some early birds help out on Saturday. Employing wheelbarrows,garbage cans, and tarps, along with good-old man(woman)power the crew filled the dumpster in 3 hours. No item was too big for this crowd. Old water heaters came out, scrap metal and tires came out, old TVs came old. car doors, the kitchen sink (yes!), bathtubs, and a refrigerator (No Way...Way!) All up and Out.

Thank you to all the volunteers and the energy and enthusiasm put into this effort. Over the many years that we have been cleaning out this site, the usual comment on subsequent work days was "there is so much old trash here, it looks the same as last time we were here. Like we haven't done a thing." That changed this time. The progress we have made is so clear now, even in how far we had to travel down the trail to find trash to remove.

Thank you to all who have helped in this effort.

Fish Stocking 2020

by FoK Members • May 25, 2020

In April, 700 Rainbow Trout were stocked along the Kayadeross. Due to social distancing measures, we missed our veteran fish stockers and the help from all the kids at Kelley Park. A couple FoK Board Members met Avery's Trout Hatchery to release the fish in various locations.

Enjoy the fishing and we always love to see your photo's on the Facebook page!