Environment

Studying Effects of Climate Change

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Mountain Lake PBS and Bright Blue EcoMedia have teamed up to look at the effects of climate change in the Adirondacks, and the next generation of visionaries working to make a difference. Now they’re turning to you, and the internet, to help fund the project. In the aftermath of the storm, three high school students…

State’s Budget On Time 4 Years in a Row

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After several weeks of negotiations to reconcile budget proposals from Governor Cuomo, the Senate, and the Assembly, The Legislature has passed another on time budget for New York State…  On Education Spending, Assemblywoman Janet Duprey says she would have preferred a larger sum for State Education Funding… Senator Betty Little says her push was for…

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Basin Program Seeks Boat Launch Stewards

The Lake Champlain Basin program is going into their 8th year of the boat launch steward program and Meg Modley, Aquatic Species Management Coordinator says she is looking for help. Modely says last year they had ten stewards working boat launch sites around Lake Champlain between Memorial Day and Labor Day. They collect survey information about…

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Environmental Advocates Applaud NY State Budget

Advocates for New York’s clean water, clean air and open space applauded today as an agreement on the next New York State Budget was announced including $162 million in appropriations for the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). This is a $9 million increase over the current funding level. The EPF, which once stood at $255 million,…

Plattsburgh Votes to Restrict Hydraulic Fracturing

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The City of Plattsburgh Votes Unanimously Thursday Night to ban Hydrofracking within the City Limits and to prohibit activities associated with Hydraulic Fracturing such as the use of the City of Plattsburgh’s Wastewater Collection system for the disposal of waste-water from Hydraulic Fracturing.. Mary Dufore lives in Plattsburgh.. She commended the board for their actions.. …

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Hotels Going Green at Paul Smith’s College

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The Paul Smith’s College Hospitality Club is hosting a panel discussion, with four hotel and resort operators who will talk about green and sustainable practices in the hospitality field. Each of the panelists’ properties is certified by Audubon International’s Green Lodging Program, which accredits green hotels and resorts.  “Audubon International has been invaluable to them…

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Councilor Mike Kelly Proposes a Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing in Plattsburgh

The City of Plattsburgh is on it’s way to a vote on banning Hydraulic Fracturing.. The resolution is the brainchild of Councilor Mike Kelly who says he’s observed that approximately 210 municipalities in the State of New York have passed similar resolutions.. Kelly says the first goal of his resolution is to prohibit Hydraulic Fracturing from…

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North Elba’s Food Waste Recycling Plan – First in NY

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The Town of North Elba is embarking on a project to develop a source separated organics recycling program for the region….  Tammy Morgan teaches Environmental Science and Biology at Lake Placid High School.. She says they’ve received a grant to develop a source separated organics recycling program for the North Elba Region. The Project highlights…

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New York State Adds 69,000 Finch Pruyn Acres to Forest Preserve

New York State is adding 69,000 acres to the State Forest Preserve formerly owned by Finch Pruyn & Company.. Governor Cuomo says there are also now $875,000 in available grants for projects to develop sites within the AdirondackPark and further position the region as a world-class tourism and recreation destination. Governor Cuomo says “Expanding the…

Gillibrand; DOT Must Update Guidelines for Hazardous Liquid Transport

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After another derailment of tankers carrying crude oil, this time in the Capital Region, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand renewed her call for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to urgently update and implement guidelines for safer transport of hazardous liquids. According to the Association of American Railroads, oil shipments have increased from 9,500 carloads in…

The Adirondack Winter Challenge – A Focus on the North Country

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Governor Cuomo is Touring the North Country on a snowmobile on Sunday..  and for the second time this year he’s working to highlight the region as a destination for tourism and winter activity..  Today in the K&J show, we’re going to look into the value of a visit by the Governor to the Adirondacks and…

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K&J – Lake Champlain Basin Program Manager Bill Harlow

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Today on the K&J show, we’re speaking with the manager of the Lake Champlain Basin Program… Bill Harlow..  The organization works in partnership with Government Agencies from New York, Vermont and Quebec as well as private organizations, local communities and individuals to coordinate and fund efforts which benefit the Lake Champlain Basin’s water quality, fisheries,…

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Comments Extended for Kshaqua Tract Draft RMP

The DEC is extending The public comment period for Kushaqua Tract Conservation Easement Lands… The deadline for comments on the Draft Recreation Management Plan is now March 28th….   DEC extended the comment period in response to stakeholders seeking additional time to review the plan and provide comments. The Draft RMP includes proposals to construct campsites,…

Clarkson Studying Residential Wood Pellet Heat in Saranac Lake

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$3 million has been awarded to 18 research institutions, technology developers and biomass-fuel businesses to encourage the growth of high-efficiency, low-emission wood-fired heating equipment. These projects support…..

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New Recommendations from Lake Champlain Research Institute

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Researchers from SUNY Plattsburgh’s Lake Champlain Research Institute have recommendations for bass fishing tournament participants to help save the fish caught and released. The recommendations, derived from a two-year study of several thousand bass during the course of nine Plattsburgh-area fishing tournaments, are designed to eliminate or reduce fish stress; manage trauma in bass that…

Adirondack Council Weighs in on Executive Budget

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More Reaction this morning on the Governor’s Executive Budget Proposal…  The Adirondack Council’s Executive Director is William C. Janeway.. “The Adirondack Council is pleased that Governor Cuomo has devoted so much time and energy to Adirondack issues over the past year.  We hope that his enthusiasm translates into additional funding in his upcoming State Budget,”…

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Governor Cuomo – $1.6M for Saranac River Trail

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Governor Cuomo is focusing on healthy and active outdoor activity this year.. That’s becoming more and more clear as he continues to support the region with tax incentives for business as well as for property owners…  One of the bigger announcements of grant funding for the North Country from the Governor is a 1.6 million…

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Dewey Ski Lodge Becoming a Reality

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Dewey Mountain Cross Country Ski Center is one step closer to their goal of building a brand new ski lodge.. That’s because the Town of Harrietstown has agreed to move forward with their support of the project.. Harrietstown Councilman Ron Keough Says the town is ultimately responsible for the property and wanted to move forward on…

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New Report Confirms Support for Adirondack Club and Resort

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The ADK Works campaign has released the results of its public opinion survey gauging the attitudes and opinions of Adirondack residents on the people and issues affecting their local communities, including the development of the Adirondack Club and Resort (ACR) project. Two key findings from the survey reveal: > 71 percent of Adirondack residents with a…

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NYSEG Responds to Ice Storm

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The Ice storm affected more than 48,0000 across northern portions of the United States. In Plattsburgh, close to one hundred emergency planners are on duty at New York State Electric and Gas…  Dick Marion is the Public Liason Officer for the storm event in NYSEG’s Plattsburgh Division.. We spoke with Marion just outside NYSEG’s Storm Command…

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