Boat Brigades

Brenda Bowers, Chair (

The Boat Brigades organize public outings on the Wallkill in both Orange and Ulster Counties. Launching expeditions from May until October, the Boat Brigades monitor the river for garbage, illicit discharges, potential algae blooms and stormwater infrastructure. They file reports of their observations with local building inspectors and MS4 officers if something suspicious is found. Just as importantly, the Boat Brigades get people out on the river, deepening the public’s engagement and appreciation of the Wallkill. During the winter the group will participate in educational talks on topics relevant to river monitoring and water quality issues.

Goals of the Boat Brigades

Short Term Goals
Organize more Boat Brigades in Orange County
Continue to produce reports on each Brigade
Forward reports to the relevant MS4 officer in each municipality
Begin monitoring for algae, in consultation with the Science Working Group

Medium Term Goals
Educate the Working Group and Alliance on MS4

Long Term Goals
Explore contracting with municipalities for regular monitoring for MS4