Split Rock Falls, New Russia

Split Rock Falls, New Russia


The Boquet River Association (BRASS) is a small, membership-based, volunteer-oriented non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of water and life in the 280-square mile Boquet River watershed.  BRASS uses a collaborative, non-regulatory approach to watershed management, and works with individuals, organizations, local governments and state and federal agencies to solve problems affecting the river.  (Read more)




BRASS Watershed Management Plan Progress

By Ann Ruzow Holland, Ph.D., AICP, WBE, Consultant.

Why should we care about Water Quality in the Boquet River Watershed?

What happens to and within the Boquet River watershed affects the people, economy, and environment of our towns, Essex County, the Lake Champlain Basin, and the Adirondack Park.  It is in everyone’s best interest to improve water quality, and for the river to be fishable, swimmable, and drinkable (with treatment).

The devastating effects of recent high water events, including those of 2011, harshly reminded people of the damage floodwaters can cause.  Yet the river is not a monster to be tamed, if such is even possible, it is also a source of joy and inspiration. For these reasons and more, the Boquet River watershed plays a central role in the economic and cultural vitality of our communities.   Watershed management planning is one way Boquet River citizens can work together to help protect habitat, as well as the roads, bridges, businesses, and homes in our communities.  By working together to write a plan that reflects our needs, we can achieve the goals of sustainable economic development, community enhancement, government efficiency, improving recreational opportunities, and restoring the environment.

Read more in the recent Summer-2016-BRASSnews

BRASS Annual Meeting Held

The Boquet River Association held the 2015-16 annual meeting on Monday, May 2, 2016 at the Hand House, in Elizabethtown, NY.  The meeting was open to the public and began with a meet and greet at 6:30 pm.   At 7 pm, Danielle Garneau Ph. D., Associate Professor in Earth & Environmental Science at SUNY Plattsburgh gave a presentation on microplastics pollution in Lake Champlain.  Dr. Garneau presented current research that identifies possible  sources and the impacts on the ecosystems in and surrounding the lake.  The annual business meeting followed, chaired by Anita Deming, BRASS President, who provided an update on BRASS projects.

For more information please email anitademing@gmail.com.

Read more in the recent Summer-2016-BRASSnews


Join Friends of BRASS to get regular updates on events and volunteer opportunities. Contact  Kathy at sneezebeez@yahoo.com.


Mailing Address:  PO Box 374, Elizabethtown, NY  12932

Email Address:  info@boquetriver.org

Phone:  518-873-2178 (Anita Deming, President)

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