Join the New York Upstate Chapter of ASLA for an educational and social event focused on FInger Lakes water and wine featuring local experts, local food and wine, and lively conversation.
Online Registration is now closed but if you wish to join us please call 585-586-6906 to register!
Contact Michele Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Water Quality and Quality Wine
9:30 to 10:00 Check-in/ Coffee
10:00 to 11:00 Andy Zepp, Director, Fingerlakes Land Trust, Land Preservation & Water Quality in the Fingerlakes
11:00 to 12:00 Chelsea Bajek and Ram Shrivastava, Larsen Engineers,
Green Alternative Waste Water Treatment Processes for Wineries
12:00 to 1:00 Picnic Lunch, Smokin’ Bones BBQ
1:00 to 2:30 Josh Teeter, Environmental Educator for the Finger Lakes Region of the New York State Parks, Walking Tour Watkins Glen State Park
2:30 to 3:30 Justine E. Vanden Heuvel Cornell University, Sustainable Vineyard Practices and Water Quality, including a tasting of NYS white wines.
3:30 to 4:00 Travel to Winery (approx. 15 minute drive)
4:00 to 6:00 Hermann Weimer Winery, Sustainable Vineyard and Winery Tour, Wine Tasting with light fare (charcuterie and cheese)
$125 for the entire day, parking $8 per car not included.
$65 for (5) CEU’s, members,
$130 non-members (optional)
ASLA members from any chapter can register at the member rate.
Andy Zepp is the Executive Director of the Finger Lakes Land Trust which was founded in 1989 to protect forests, farmlands, gorges, and shorelines in the Finger Lakes region of New York. He will be speaking about recent projects undertaken by the land trust, including the Queen Catharine Marsh at the southern end of Seneca Lake. The marsh is part of a wetland complex that spans more than 1,000 acres and has been recognized by the National Audubon Society as one of New York State’s Important Bird Areas. The area provides habitat for a diversity of birds including migratory waterfowl, songbirds, and the Bald Eagle and is recognized as a priority for protection in New York State’s Open Space Plan. Over the course of the next year, the Land Trust intends to work in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to enhance the property’s wildlife habitats. Efforts will be made to diversify wetland habitats that will be visible from the Catharine Valley Trail. In the future, the organization intends to work with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and a locally-based, non-profit Wetland Trust to provide for long-term management of the site.
Chelsea Bajek from Larsen Engineers will be speaking about environmentally friendly green wastewater treatment systems for wineries. Three New York wineries, Fox Run Vineyards in Yates County, Three Brothers Winery, and Anthony Road Winery have been awarded $300,000 dollars through the New York State Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) to implement three alternative treatment processes to treat and reuse water for irrigation and non-potable needs. Efficient treatment systems will reduce costs for wineries and allow for further expansion, increased wine production, and job creation. An emphasis on green technologies will also serve to promote sustainability and eco-tourism in the Region.
Josh Teeter is the environmental educator of the New York State Parks Finger Lakes region. During a walking tour of the Watkins Glen State Park, he will speak about the unique combination of geologic events that led ultimately set the stage for the formation of Watkins Glen as well as the natural history and cultural history of the park.
Justine Vanden Heuvel is an Associate Professor in Cornell University’s School of Integrative Plant Science. Dr. Vanden Heuvel is widely published in the field, with some of her most recent work appearing in the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, HortTechnology and the Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research. She is currently writing a textbook intended for college-level introductory courses in Viticulture and Enology. Her research focuses on optimizing flavors and aromas in wine grapes, and improving both the environmental and economic sustainability of wine grape production systems in cool climates. The rapidly growing grape industry in the Northeastern U.S. is concentrated near major bodies of water, raising concerns of runoff and leaching of nutrients and agrochemicals. Judicious use of fertilizers such as nitrogen and phosphorous, appropriate management of vineyard runoff, and use of cover crops all reduce off-site pollution. Using examples from New York and California, this presentation will demonstrate how vineyard design and management decisions impact the local ecosystem.
The Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard is considered one of the finest in the Finger Lakes. Current partner, Oskar Bynke, will be leading a private, behind the scenes, tour of the vineyard with a focus on sustainable practices. The winery has a history of being very agriculturally driven focusing on the quality of the fruit, with low input in the grape production. They continue to review the potential of their sites with better management practices though they already use an organic spray program with no herbicides and no pesticides. The tour will be followed by a tasting. http://wiemer.com/