This weekend: One Cubic Foot Street Team at the Public Market & Park Ave Fest

In August, the Seneca Park Zoo Society is partnering with photographer David Liittschwager and many local and regional organizations to assess the biodiversity and health of the Genesee River through an initiative called One Cubic Foot.

Photo courtesy of David Liittschwager

Photo courtesy of David Liittschwager

Once declared one of the United States’ most polluted rivers, the Genesee is making a comeback. By providing invaluable scientific information and baseline data regarding the plant and animal species now living the in the Genesee, One Cubic Foot heightens awareness of water quality and other environmental issues in the river.

David Liittschwager and his team will photograph every species that enters a one cubic foot frame placed in the river during the equivalent of a 24-hour period, creating individual portraits of the plant life and creatures that inhabit one tiny piece of the world.

Photo courtesy of David Liittschwager

Photo courtesy of David Liittschwager

The Zoo has gathered a group of energetic volunteers who are eager to spread the word about this important initiative to form a Street Team that informs the public about One Cubic Foot. This weekend, they will be out in full force at two of the Rochester community’s biggest attractions: the Rochester Public Market on Saturday, August 1 and Park Avenue Summer Art Fest Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2.

Photo by Ceci Menchetti

Photo by Ceci Menchetti

The One Cubic Foot Street Team is easy to spot: they’ll be the ones near the giant neon-green cube! Stop by to say hello and learn more about this project and why it is so important to protect the biodiversity of the Genesee River.

And don’t miss all of the One Cubic Foot events happening throughout August as this exciting project gets underway. Join us for David Liittschwager’s lecture at the George Eastman House on August 20 and other engaging programs during open late Tuesdays on August 18 & 25.