The Town of Webster is working on an innovative project during 2018 to restore and protect water quality in Shipbuilders Creek.
Resident and student participation is needed to make the project a success. The Shipbuilders Creek Restoration Project is being implemented by the Town of Webster in collaboration with the Water Education Collaborative (WEC), Stormwater Coalition of Monroe County, Causewave Community Partners, Rochester Institute of Technology, Webster Central School District, and Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District.
This grant funded project* will provide assistance to eligible homeowners living in Shipbuilders Creek watershed for installation of green infrastructure practices on their property, including disconnecting downspouts, installing rain barrels and rain gardens, and planting vegetation on streamside properties in order to reduce storm water pollution and protect the Creek.
For a project overview, click here to view the Project Brochure.
Participants installing rain barrels, rain gardens and/or stream protection will receive free plantings or a gift card from a local garden center based upon the green infrastructure they install. Homeowners living directly along Shipbuilders Creek have a special opportunity to help restore this community resource and are especially encouraged to participate. Non-homeowners living in the Shipbuilders Watershed can also participate in streamside restoration and cleanups and storm drain marking events planned during the Project.
Refer to the map of the Shipbuilder’s Creek Watershed shown on this page to determine if you live within the Shipbuilder’s Creek Watershed boundaries and may be eligible to participate in this program.
Residents can get more information and sign-up to participate in the Project at the public events listed below. All events are free and open to the public, except for those who wish to build a rain barrel. Rain barrels will be put together at the end of the Rain Barrels & Rain Gardens Workshop and will cost $40. For this charge, participants will receive a 55 gallon rain barrel and all the necessary parts and instructions to install it at home. Participants that reside within the Shipbuilder’s Creek watershed and sign up for a rain barrel, will receive an additional incentive of a $30 gift certificate from a local garden center.
Pre-registration and payment for the rain barrel portion of the workshops will be required, see below.
The following public events are currently scheduled for this Project:
• Saturday June 23, 2018 - Town of Webster Summer Celebration, 4:00 -10:00 pm, Webster Recreation Center. Look for the Shipbuilders Creek Restoration Project information / sign up table. Anyone stopping by will receive a free packet of rain garden seeds and can enter a drawing to win a free rain barrel for their home.
• Webster Farmers Market – Look for the Shipbuilders Creek Restoration Project information / sign up table on selected Saturdays during the 2018 Farmers Market season. Anyone stopping by will receive a free packet of rain garden seeds.
For further information on this Project or how to participate contact, Paul Sawyko (WEC) at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Sydney (Project Intern) at email@example.com.
*These materials are supported by agreement with New York Sea Grant, funds provided by the Environmental Protection Fund under the authority of the New York Ocean and Great Lakes Ecosystem Conservation Act. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Stony Brook University or New York Sea Grant