Ausable River Porta-John Program Fund

By Ausable River Association

  • $4,170.00

    Pledged of $5,000.00 Goal

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  • 20

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All pledges will be collected automatically until September 7, 2017.

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Stretch Goal: E. coli and total coliform testing of backcountry waters.

We reached our goal of $4,000 to keep the PortA-John Program running! Thank you to the over 100 people that have supported this campaign. There is a need to better understand the degree of contamination of backcountry waters due to improper waste disposal. We’ve added a stretch goal of an additional $1,000 to help pay for an initial round of E. coli and total coliform testing at several sites this summer and fall. The results of this test will be used to inform further testing next year. Please help us reach our stretch goal which will allow us to better protect our rivers, streams, and lakes.

For many years, the Ausable River Association (AsRA) has managed a Porta-John Program to place portable restroom facilities at high traffic areas throughout the Ausable River watershed. This program helps maintain the health of the river and ensures visitors have an enjoyable experience. Last year, AsRA piloted the expansion of this program to popular trailhead locations. This includes the Cascade Mountain, Roaring Brook Falls, Chapel Pond, and Giant Ridge trailheads. The expansion was a resounding success and clearly benefited users and the surrounding environment. This year, DEC asked us to provide handicap accessible facilities at these locations. These facilities provide accessible road side facilities to all visitors of the park. It also comes with a significant increase in cost to run the program. In the past, the program has been run entirely by securing sponsorships from local businesses. With the added cost, we cannot rely on local businesses to entirely fund this program. We are asking you to join us in our efforts to provide accessible restroom facilities at popular destinations throughout the Ausable River watershed.

Your support will secure the placement of Porta-Johns at The Flume, Hungry Trout Fly Shop, Copperas Pond Trailhead, Monument Falls, along River Rd, Cascade Mountain trailhead, Roaring Brook Falls trailhead, Chapel Pond, Giant Ridge trailhead, and a pull off along Route 9N in Upper Jay.

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