Environment

Stefanik Introduces Common Sense Waiver Act

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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) introduced the Common Sense Waiver Act — legislation that ensures local governments have the authority they need to protect their citizens and keep their communities safe by working to make sure that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations do not hinder the removal of unsafe buildings. “Small towns across the country have…

Environmental Groups Praise DEC’s Port of Albany Decision

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Four conservation organizations from the Adirondack Park and Champlain Valley today praised a decision by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to rescind its 2014 decision not to require a full environmental impact statement from a company seeking permission to import heavy crude oil from Canada. They also praised U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional…

DEC to Rescind Port of Albany Proposed Air Permits

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After a thorough review of Global Companies application and supporting documents for a Title V air permit modification to its facilities at the Port of Albany, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today its intent to rescind the Negative Declaration and Notice of Complete Application for the project. DEC identified significant…

DEC Finalizing Plans for Meacham Lake Boat Launch

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DEC Regional Director Robert Stegemann says The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has released a draft unit management plan (UMP) amendment for the Meacham Lake Campground that would enhance lake access for fishing and boating. “Consistent with Governor Cuomo’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting initiative, DEC is working to create and…

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DEC Proposes Upgrade to Meacham Lake Boat Launch

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DEC Regional Director Robert Stegemann says The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has released a draft unit management plan (UMP) amendment for the Meacham Lake Campground that would enhance lake access for fishing and boating. “Consistent with Governor Cuomo’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting initiative, DEC is working to create and…

Proposed Location for Boat Wash gets the Brush Off

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Eric Homlund directs the Watershed Stewardship program at Paul Smith’s College. He told the Village Board recently that New York State is funding a program to provide high power hot water boat washing stations around the state and they would like to see Saranac Lake become one of the locations. The location his organization identified…

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Adirondack Council Congratulates Retiring Supervisor Randy Douglas

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The Adirondack Council today congratulated retiring Essex County Board of Supervisors Chairman Randy Douglas for his work in the wake of major storms Irene and Lee to rebuild flooded, local communities and help them become more resilient, while urging the entire board to investigate opportunities to obtain new state grants to improve drinking water and…

City Council Considers Possible Expansion of Farmers Market

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Plattsburgh’s City Council continues to look at ways to support an expanded Farmers Market in Downtown…   Councilwoman Rachelle Armstrong says she’s had a lot of feedback concerning how the farmers market might expand..  and she’s hoping to spark a discussion about the contract and some of the issues related to the market, including the limitations…

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Town of Plattsburgh Considers Solar Power

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The Town of Plattsburgh has found a new way to go green.. and According to Councilor Michael Cashman they’ve found a way to make use of renewable energy in the form of solar power right on their own property…  and if you’re driving around the town, he says, you may not actually see solar power…

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State Purchases 6,800 Acre MacIntyre East Parcel

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The State of New York has purchased 6,800 acres in the Adirondack High Peaks.. From the Nature Conservancy… The parcel, known as MacIntyre East is adjacent to the High Peaks Wilderness and conservation easements lands, and is located just west of the Boreas Ponds parcel also purchased by the Nature Conservancy. Both were part of…

K&J – Solar Energy – Wayne Davison

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In 2012 we spent some time on the air with Wayne Davison discussing solar energy in the Adirondacks and this week as our focus on energy continues, we listened in on that conversation during the K&J show on Friday..

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K&J – Clinton County Oil Train Task Force Marks Earth Day

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The Clinton County Oil Train Task Force was formed to research the current status of federal and state regulations that govern the movement of crude oil by rail across the County, to assist in the formulation of local emergency response plans in case a train accident or derailment should occur in our County, and to…

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SUNY Students Highlight Ted K Million Can Effort for Earth Day

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Today is Earth Day and in Clinton County to recognize the importance of recycling, students in Plattsburgh are pushing an effort to have residents donate one million cans to benefit the Ted K Center. Based on the Student’s research, the greater Plattsburgh region will typically return about 1.4 million cans in a month…  The real issue..…

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High Pressure Boat Wash May Come to Saranac Lake

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The Village of Saranac Lake may become a central location for one of several boat inspection and decontamination stations across the Adirondack Park.. Eric Homlund directs the Watershed Stewardship program at Paul Smith’s College. He told the Village Board on Monday that New York State is funding a program to provide high power hot water boat…

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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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City Council Adds Support to Oil Train Task Force

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The Oil Train Task Force continues to receive support from towns and villages along the rail corridor and including themselves in the support for better safety and regulation is the City of Plattsburgh. Plattsburgh Mayor Jim Calnon says even though the trains already slow down in the city, he would like to see the speed…

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Council Adopting Bass Fishing Conservation Plan for Tournaments

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The City of Plattsburgh has decided to implement a conservation plan focused on Bass fishing Tournaments on Lake Champlain. In a resolution The City says ACVB and the City annually host the largest number of professional bass tournaments on the lake all of which are catch and release tournaments..  They also acknowledge the importance of…

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Pontiac Bay to Undergo Remediation

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The Record of Decision (ROD) for the Saranac Lake Gas Co. Inc., Pontiac Bay on Lake Flower Site (NYSDEC Site #: 516008) (Saranac Lake, Essex County)has been issued by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). The ROD describes the remedy selected to address contamination associated with the site.   The site had been used…

Lake Placid Ambulance Ice Out Extended to April 15th

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The Deadline for Purchasing Tickets for the 24th annual Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service Ice Out Benefit has been extended… It was originally set for April 1st, but because of the substantial amount of ice this year they’ve extended the deadline to April 15th.. The criteria for marking the ice out on Mirror Lake is…

NYS Budget Offers Hope to Small Adirondack Communities & Clean Water

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The NYS budget for the next fiscal year includes much-needed investments in clean water, wilderness, wildlife and communities of the Adirondack Park, including a three-year, $200-million capital program to repair wastewater treatment and drinking water facilities, the Adirondack Council said today. Under the three-year capital investment plan, the state would set aside $50 million this…