Hot Spot

Peekamoose Blue Hole Revisit 2019

Grahamsville, NY

We first hosted an outstandingly successful Hot Spot at the Peekamoose Blue Hole in 2017 and are returning to follow up on a few targeted objectives, as well as to gain a better understanding of the successes of our first visit. The Peekamoose Blue Hole was exponentially gaining popularity leading up to our first visit.  On a busy day, hundreds of people could be seen enjoying the cool spring water and the shade from the Catskills beautiful forests.  Crowding, litter, undesignated trails, and human waste impacts heavily degrading the landscape.  Since 2017, a limited quota system has been implemented as well as a newly developed dedicated stewardship program within the Catskill Center.  We will be working with the Catskill Center, New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK), and other local stakeholders for strategic planning and further communication training, as well as a follow up cleanup event to gauge how successful the limited quota system has been at mitigating litter impacts.

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