2017 Year in Review: Protecting Sources of Clean Water

Photo Credit: Carlton Ward, Triple Diamond Ranch, FL
Land conservation and clean water go hand-in-hand. 

This year, OSI protected lands along rivers, lakes, and marshes — and, for the first time, the headwaters of the Everglades in Florida. Just south of Orlando’s amusement parks, OSI scored a major victory by advancing the protection of 4,000 acres of some of the world’s most biologically rich grasslands. Providing financial support and transactional expertise, OSI’s efforts were “instrumental in achieving the purchase,” according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

In several geographies, OSI continued to champion conservation of the forests that filter water. In the North Maine Woods, OSI joined in a stunning conservation win with the protection of 4,358 acres of pristine forested watershed land used for fishing, hiking, camping, paddling and hunting. And in Delaware River Watershed, source of drinking water for some 15 million people, our Delaware River Watershed Catalyst planning grant helped create a science-based open space plan that also resulted in renewed public support for open space funding.

A view of Lake Champlain from the top of Mount Trembleau.
A view of Lake Champlain from the top of Mount Trembleau.
Photo Credit: Greg Miller

In our home state of New York, OSI continued to advance a legacy of 40 years of land protection with key projects in the Adirondacks, the Catskills, and beyond. By conserving the 600-acre Trembleau Mountain-Lake Champlain shoreline property, OSI protected four rugged, recognizable peaks whose waters feed Lake Champlain; and by saving the 215-acre Watson Hollow property, in the Catskills, OSI safeguarded New York City drinking water supplies at the Ashokan Reservoir.

And along the New York City waterfront, an OSI Citizen Action Group, HarborLAB, is providing free, water-based programming to children, underprivileged youth, and underrepresented community members to learn about ecosystems, water sources, and water testing that results in shareable scientific data.

Working to address another water quality issue, OSI saved a key piece of Long Island Sound coastal property from development. The newly-protected mature maritime forest has now been transferred to the NYS Department of Conservation.

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Kayak conservation at the forefront of protecting the waterfront.
Kayak conservation at the forefront of protecting the waterfront.
Photo Credit: HarborLAB

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