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Join us for a Nature Walk along the Genesee River

Description: Join your Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club for a unique stroll along the Genesee River in Rochester this Saturday, 2 - 3 pm!


Your guides will be Peter Debes, long-time naturalist and member of the Sierra Club, and Dorian and Dorothy Hall, residents and leaders of the Plymouth Exchange Neighborhood Association (PLEX). This part of the Genesee River is an area of intense interest by the City and developers now. It lies just South of the Ford St. bridge and is facing a major proposal to build multistory residences that would provide housing for students attending the University of Rochester. This is not surprising since residential space on the other side of the river is tight.

The Hitch? The area proposed is a major brownfield site, formerly an oil refinery which must be cleaned up before the site can be developed. Residents (predominantly people of color) who have been living next to this waste site here for decades (not knowing its toxicity), want the highest level of cleanup done to ensure their safety and maximum use of the area into the future. A recent development proposal calls for the lowest level cleanup, just enough to construct student housing.


The PLEX neighborhood association and supporting groups have organized a one-hour nature walk along the river here to see the brownfield site, the Genesee River and learn about the trees, shrubs, and wildlife that live in this area. The banks of the river here have a very natural look and there is a City trail along this side of the river leading up to Brooks St. You will learn about the toxic site, and the value of this area as part of a beautiful stretch of the Genesee River that has been abandoned for many years by the City.
This is an opportunity to restore this land for the enjoyment and benefit of the PLEX neighbors and Rochester area residents well into the future.

After the walk, we invite you to enjoy refreshments at the Commons where you can support the PLEX Neighborhood Association by writing your comments on the Environmental Impact Statement and your concerns about the cleanup and development of the site. This is a chance to protect and improve the beauty of our beautiful river and support the community that has lived by the brownfield for so many years to ensure their voice is taken into account in the development planning. Please join us!

WHERE: Starts at Carlson Commons: 70 Coretta Scott Crossing, Rochester NY, 14608
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 2, 2 PM

Thank you for all you do for New York's environment and hope to see you on Saturday!

Rochester Regional Group
Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter
Location: Starts at Carlson Commons: 70 Coretta Scott Crossing, Rochester NY, 14608
Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017
Time: 2:00pm EST
Priority: 5-Medium
Access: Public
Created by: Ted Wilcox
Updated: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 10:02pm GMT