The Boquet River Association (BRASS) was created in 1984 to facilitate river conservation and improvement efforts on the Boquet River.
The Boquet River begins on Dix Mountain in Keene, NY, and runs 47 miles to then empty into Lake Champlain in the territory of the Town of Willsboro. The mouth of the river has been a popular recreation spot and it is now part of Noblewood Park. Learn more facts about the Boquet River through BRASS.
What does BRASS do?
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 Boquet River watershed. […]
BRASS has a long standing involvement in issues related to land use, point- and non-point source pollution, in-stream and riparian species and habitats, wetlands, water quality monitoring, recreation, and the economy. (BRASS)
So just what has BRASS done to help preserve and improve the Boquet River? Well, here are just a few feats it has completed:
- Planted more than 280,000 tree and shrub seedlings along the river for erosion and flood control
- Designed river-side public access parks totaling over 600 acres; and cleared mountain trails for hiking and cross-country skiing
- Worked with farmers to stem soil loss and increase buffer zones and wildlife habitat
- Built over 1,400 feet of low-cost log cribbing and log terrace structures for erosion control
- Partnered with local highway departments to develop runoff controls
- Implemented pilot projects for invasive plant control, and rain gardens for stormwater runoff control
- Helped re-design FEMA flood zones (BRASS)
And it has done much more! Check out their website to see more of what the Boquet River Association has accomplished.
The group also organizes volunteer events throughout the year, including river cleanups, planting projects, informal BRASS Rambles throughout the watershed, and several educational fundraising events.
- Dueling Banjos: An Adirondack Reflection (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Full and By Farm CSA in Essex, NY (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Crystal Spring Farm (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Survey: Erosion, flooding critical Boquet issues (pressrepublican.com)
- Joe Call, the Lewis Giant (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)