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Event will celebrate Genesee River and environmental leadership

genesee_riverwatch_logo_color_miniGenesee RiverWatch will celebrate the Genesee River with its annual Genesee River Bash next week.

The Sept. 29 event will feature the annual Elizabeth Thorndike Environmental Leadership Awards and exhibits from river-focused organizations, in addition to a silent auction, live music by Danielle Ponder and the Tomorrow People and a live raptor demonstration by Wild Wings. The celebration will be held at the Port of Rochester Terminal Building.

“With this event we come to celebrate the Genesee River as a community asset and thank our supporters as we build the visibility of Genesee RiverWatch and its mission,” said Mike Haugh, the organization’s president.

Last year’s event attracted more than 160 attendees and featured 32 sponsors and 11 exhibitors.

Genesee RiverWatch is an initiative of the Center for Environmental Initiatives that improves the water quality of the Genesee River and its tributaries to create environmental, recreational and economic assets for its communities.

Genesee RiverWatch in 2017 completed a record number of activities. Its grant-funded projects, completed or in progress, total more than $490,000. The group continues to work on streambank restoration, improving the number and quality of access points on the river and work with the state and local governments to develop the Genesee River as a regional economic asset.

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