Ausable River Association


Mission Statement

Mission: Helping communities protect our streams and lakes.
Vision: We envision a community of watershed residents and visitors enjoying the Ausable River, its lakes and tributaries and working to protect its clean waters, healthy free-flowing streams, and the diverse habitats that sustain its native plants and wildlife. This community supports and works in partnership with AsRA to inspire future generations to cherish and protect our watershed.


The Ausable River Association (AsRA) is a community-supported organization that formed as a result of the first watershed-wide scientific study of the Ausable River, conducted in 1994 by the National Park Service. Since 1998, AsRA has been working cooperatively with landowners, municipalities, and government agencies to conserve the valued resources of the Ausable watershed. Originally, AsRA comprised representatives from each of the seven watershed towns and its work was largely funded by county and state agencies. AsRA has since evolved into a non-profit organization of concerned citizens who live, work, and play in the watershed. It is supported primarily by public and private project-based grants and by private donations from members and supporters.
Our goals are:
Clean Water: Streams, lakes, wetlands, and aquifers capable of supporting a full complement of human and ecosystem needs.
Healthy Streams: Shaded, cool waters, with ample floodplains and self-regulating flows sustaining ecological diversity and thriving communities.
Biodiverse Habitats: Habitats and ecosystems fostering native plant and animal species in and alongside streams, lakes, and wetlands.
Public Enjoyment: Responsible, low-impact recreational opportunities protective of Ausable waterways and adjacent lands.
Engaged Communities: Informed residents and visitors caring for the health of the watershed where they live, work, and play.
A Voice for the River: A strong, sustainable Ausable River Association working in partnership to achieve shared goals.

Program Details

The Ausable River Association (AsRA) works broadly to protect the Ausable River for its ecological value and its value to the human communities that care for and enjoy its many benefits. We organize our work into three broad program areas:
  • Identify and Understand Watershed Resources - AsRA supports and implements science, data collection, and information sharing projects. Our goal is to understand and document current problems and measure the effectiveness of solutions to manage, protect, and restore the Ausable River watershed;
  • Conserve and Steward Watershed Resources - AsRA works to create an ethic of river stewardship - a sense of common purpose and shared goals for protecting the river among private landowners, residents, business owners, municipalities, and others;
  • Restore the Ausable River - AsRA integrates natural stream restoration planning and techniques into public storm response, infrastructure development, road maintenance, and private projects that will improve the ecology, morphology and hydrology of the river.
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1181 Haselton Road
Wilmington, NY 12997
United States
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