The Saw Kill is a “direct drainage” tributary to the Hudson River, a source of drinking water, and also a place where treated water is released. The stream and its watershed contain a variety of ecological communities—aquatic, wetland, woodland, field—that support diverse populations of plants, fish, and wildlife.
The Saw Kill Watershed Community (SKWC) unites area residents who are interested in protecting their water by maintaining the health of the Saw Kill and its watershed. Through our partnership with SKWC, Bard faculty and students have been able to collaborate with community members to do research with a real impact on campus and in the local area. Ongoing projects include amphibian and eel monitoring, and a comprehensive water quality monitoring program powered by citizen scientists.