Adirondack Water Week kicks off this Friday and runs through Sunday, Aug. 14. The third annual event celebrates the 50th anniversary of the historic Clean Water Act.
Adirondack Water Week is a collaboration between several organizations and businesses and features more than two dozen programs across the Adirondack region. The program is coordinated by the Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute and is funded in part by a 2022 Special Programs Grant from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership.
One of this year’s highlights is the Adirondack Watershed Challenge, a family event encouraging people to get outside and celebrate time spent on Adirondack waters.
“The challenge lets families work through a list of fun activities that they can do in their own town”, said Tom Collins, AWI’s education and outreach program specialist and the Water Week coordinator. “Visit a local lake or pond, take a picture of wildlife, pick up litter from the shoreline and eat local ice cream.”
Other 2022 Water Week highlights include:
¯ “Water: An Incredible Journey” — Dr. Neil Murphy, past president of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, speaks about the history of Adirondack waters on Aug. 8.
¯ Sips and science: Meet the AWI scientists working on the issues facing local waterways at the Hotel Saranac on Aug. 10.
¯ Clean Water Act at 50: The executive director of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Susan Evans McClure, will present a historic perspective of the founding, impact and legacy of the Clean Water Act in the Adirondacks on Aug. 11. Virtual event.
¯ Water Hub: Families can find interactive play stations at the Innovation Hub on Main Street in Lake Placid on Friday, Aug. 12, including a virtual reality experience, a self-guided watershed walk, and water-based games.
¯ Wool and water: This unique project is led by AWI’s director of science and fiber artist Michale Glennon. The project visualizes changing water conditions through knitting and crocheting. Glennon’s work will be displayed in multiple communities and she will be presenting her work and hosting a public workshop at the Innovation Hub in Lake Placid on Aug. 12 and Aug. 13.
¯ Family activities: Family activities are offered all week online and at multiple locations during water week including in Inlet, Lake Placid, the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, Lake George, Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center and Saratoga Lake.
All events are open to the general public and a full schedule can be found on the Water Week calendar at adkwatershed.org/adirondack-water-week.