Environment

Environmental Coalition Opposes ATV Bill

BROAD COALITION CALLS ON ASSEMBLY SPEAKER SILVER TO HALT BILL THAT WOULD O.K. MUCH LARGER ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES Coalition Warns of Damage to Water, Trails, Wildlife, Air Quality, Tourism, Public Safety A coalition of environmental organizations and police officers today called on NYS Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to stop a bill that would allow the owners of all-terrain…

DEC / ADK celebrate National Trails Day at Northvill Trailhead

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) celebrated National Trails Day* and the 90th anniversary of the Northville-Placid Trail on Saturday by dedicating the relocation of the Northville Trailhead to Waterfront Park in Fulton County. DEC Commissioner Joe Martens says “DEC, the Adirondack Mountain Club and others…

BETA at Mt Pisgah for National Trails Day

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On Saturday, June 7th The Barkeater Trails Alliance celebrates National Trails Day at Mount Pisgah.  How exactly does one celebrate National Trails Day you ask?  Well…it’s easy, you get out there and you build some trail!!  The Alliance says they’ve been making “Some really great progress with a flow trail over at Mt. Pisgah and…

Saranac River Trail Cleanup – June 9th, 2014

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Organizers have picked a perfectly georgeous day to invite residents to get together to help with cleanup of the Saranac River Trail. Participants will meet at Pine Street and the Saranac Street Bridge from 9 am – noon to help with a cleanup of Saranac River Trail. In addition to the cleanup, get together with…

Adirondack Council Praises New EPA Pollution Controls

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The Adirondack Council is offering praise for the EPA’s new rules requiring cuts in carbon pollution from electric power plants Announced by President Obama recently.. The Goal is to curb the nation’s emissions that lead to global climate change. Wllie Janeway is The Adirondack Council’s Executive Director he says “They are very pleased to see…

Adirondack Council Joins Coalition to Fight Spread of Invasives

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Adirondack Council: “The State Needs New Laws, Money to Protect Water in the Adirondack Park and Statewide” ALBANY, N.Y. – As the summer boating and tourism season begins, a coalition of environmental organizations today called on state lawmakers to make a major, new commitment to fighting the spread of invasive species that are already harming…

Cleaning Up Nuisance Properties

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Removing Detroit’s blighted residential properties, and small businesses, would cost an estimated $850-million dollars. And another $1-billion to tackle the city’s larger commercial and industrial property. That according to a 330-page task force report on the problem in Detroit.  In Saranac Lake the village board has approved a resolution to declare accumulation of rubbish, garbage,…

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Remediation Begins

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Contractors are on site at the former Wilson Farms in Saranac Lake and Community Development Director Jeremy Evans says they’ve been hired to complete a DEC approved environmental remediation plan…  It includes removing all of the gasoline pump fixtures, The Concrete Slab, the canopy, underground tanks and associated piping and any contaminated soil..  As for…

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Plattsburgh Council Says “$30,000 is Too Much”

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Plattsburgh’s City Council sends City Engineer Kevin Farrington back to the drawing board, literally, to look for a lower cost alternative to designing and planning for mold abatement and new bathrooms on the city’s waterfront…   The proposal by AES Consulting to just create the plans for Mold removal and the construction of Bathrooms is $30,000.00.…

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Cleaning Up Plattsburgh

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The Plattsburgh Beautification Committee is sponsoring a cleanup on the rails this weekend… Councilor Becky Kasper says cleaning up the rails is really about giving travelers a better view of the city from the train..”It will get underway tomorrow morning at 8:30 at the Smithweed Bridge.. If you go from Weed Street and follow the…

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It’s Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week

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The DEC has named this week Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week..  and they’re asking residents to become familiar with this intrusive little bug so that they can keep better track of where this tree killer’s path of destruction may lead next…   The emerald ash borer, first discovered in New York in 2009, is an invasive…

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The Lake Placid Volunteer Week Committee has named Dean Dietrich as this year’s Volunteer of the Year..   Both the Adult and Youth Distinguished Volunteers of the Year have been chosen in fact for 2014. The two youth volunteer honorees are Julianna Matos and Tony Miller… They’re both seniors at Lake PlacidCentralSchool.  Dean recently retired from…

K&J – Cornell Uihlein Maple Research – Dr Michael Farrell

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Today on the K&J Show, we’re considering the possibilities when it comes to more efficient maple syrup production in the Northeast.. Join us for a look at new technology and additional streams of revenue in the maple industry, including Birch, and Walnut.. We’re speaking today with Congressman Bill Owens and The Director of the Cornell…

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Adirondack Park Population Declining

A newly published report identifies four dominant trends shaping life inside the Adirondack Park: • The Park’s population is declining at a steadily increasing pace; • The median age in the Park is eight years older than in the rest of New York State and, more strikingly, five years older than in the communities outside…

Holding Back Invasive Species in the Adirondacks

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A new report—Boat Inspection and Decontamination for Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention: Recommendations for the Adirondack Region—is now available to help guide decisions on where to prioritize actions to prevent the spread of harmful aquatic invasive species (AIS). This first-time analysis for the Adirondack region summarizes the best available science, analyzes current AIS distribution and boater…

Plattsburgh Approves Engineering Study for Saranac River Walk Project

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The City of Plattsburgh is moving forward with phase two of the Saranac River Trail… Plattsburgh’s Mayor Jim Calnon says they have funds available as part of a grant which they’re going to use to build a bridge from Saranac Street to Durkee Street…  The 1.6 Million Dollar Grant will fund the construction of a bridge…

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Sea Lamprey Barrier – Grand Opening Thursday

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On Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 11:00AM representatives of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the municipality of Notre-Dame-de-Stanbridge, Quebec will officially open the new and state-of-the-art sea lamprey barrier. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service will present information on the construction, operation, and importance of the new barrier.. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife…

Lake Placid’s Village Cleanup

Lake Placid’s Village Cleanup Day is Saturday.. We caught up with some of the organizers of the event setting up for the volunteer lunch which traditionally follows the work of the morning..   AUDIO – 051214 – Lake Placid Village Cleanup Day

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DOT-111 Rail Cars No Longer Labeled as Safe for Crude Oil

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand praised U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx’s announcement of a new safety alert that energy companies and oil shippers should no longer use DOT-111 rail cars, and that those companies will be required to make public the routes that Bakken crude is being shipped on, and alert first responders…

Owens Pushes Keystone Pipeline

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Congressman Bill Owens is again throwing his weight behind efforts to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project.. In a statement, Owens says “he is fully supportive of efforts in the Senate to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and he continued by saying “he has long called for the approval of the pipeline arguing…