Environment

State’s Budget Includes Logger Training at Paul Smiths

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Senator Betty Little Monday said the state budget will include funding to establish a logger training program at Paul Smith’s College.  Little proposed the new program in response to concerns from paper and pulp mills and other wood product manufacturers about a logger labor shortage in New York. “Sustainable forestry supports jobs, contributes millions of…

Environmental Coalition Calls for Larger “Oil Spill Fund”

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After four recent oil-by-rail disasters in North America in less than a month, it could not be more clear that New York’s “Oil Spill Fund” must be increased so that it is adequate to cover the response costs and damages associated with loss of life and destruction of property that have been caused by rail…

Town Considers Resolution of Support for Oil Train Task Force

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Councilors in the Town of Plattsburgh are considering the approval of three separate resolutions supporting the efforts of the Clinton County Oil Train Task Force.. One targets the Federal Department of Transportation, another targets New York State’s DOT and the third is one that would be mailed to the oil companies and to the railroads.…

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Rabideau Reflects on Approval of Lake Flower Lodge PUDD

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The Lake Flower Lodge, a proposed destination resort hotel on the shores of Lake Flower in Saranac Lake is one step closer to reality this morning… That’s because The Village Board voted unanimously on Monday evening to approve passage of the zoning changes as part of a law creating a Planned Unit Development District for…

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SUNY Plattsburgh – Queensbury Hosts “Aspects of Climate Change”

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Aspects of climate change — from areas of science and sustainability to its effect on culture and the arts — is the subject of a one-day conference This Saturday (March 21st) at the SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury Branch Campus. Adirondack Climate Reality 2015 is focused on helping people interested in discovering how they can help…

Lake Champlain Basin Program Awards $662,471 to Local Groups and Municipalities

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The Lake Champlain Basin is awarding $662,471 in grants to communities and organizations in Vermont and New York who are implementing projects to improve the future of the Lake Champlain watershed. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, whose support was essential in securing the funds for the grants, commented, “These grants to scores of communities, watershed…

Clinton County Oil Train Task Force Outlines Key Issues

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The Clinton County Oil Train Task Force is moving forward to finalize two resolutions.. One for the State of New York and one which would be delivered to the U.S. Department of Transportation. “This community decided that the least we would like to do is address and identify the problem and then to reasonably expect…

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Village Board Hears Update on Lake Flower Beach Proposal

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A report presented to the community Monday on the feasibility of returning the beach to Lake Flower in Saranac Lake says there are no major obstacles to pursuing the concept if that’s the way residents are inclined to go.. Jeremy Evans, Community Development Director in the Village of Saranac Lake says “The footprint of the…

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SUNY Students Move Toward One Million Cans in April

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Earth Day may be taking on a look and feel this April… That’s because there’s a new effort by Student’s at SUNY Plattsburgh to raise awareness about recycling while at the same time raising funds for the Ted K Center in Plattsburgh. Fred Hoefer, a Senior Public Relations Student at SUNY Plattsburgh spoke to the City…

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March 3rd is “Park Advocacy Day” in Albany

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New Yorkers from across the state are coming together at the State Capitol on March 3 for the 9th annual Park Advocacy Day to urge policymakers to protect and preserve New York’s state parks. Representatives from more than 30 park Friends groups, environmental organizations, local parks, and educational organizations will make the case for state…

DOT / DEC Commissioners Weigh in on WV Train Derailment

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NYSDOT Commissioner Joan McDonald and NYSDEC Commissioner Joseph Martens weigh in on the Crude Oil Train Derailment in West Virginia. The two Commissioners say that yesterday’s derailment of 25 rail cars carrying crude oil through West Virginia and the resulting house fire is exactly the reason why the U.S. Transportation Department should not wait any…

K&J – Lake Flower Lodge Developer Chris LeBarge

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Another Public Hearing is now just ten days away for the public to air their feelings about a proposed 93 room Destination Resort Hotel known as the Lake Flower Lodge… Chris Lebarge is one of the developers of the project and joins us today in the K&J Show here on WNBZ.. On Monday, The Village Board…

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K&J – The Adirondack Council’s Executive Director Willie Janeway

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Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget, According to the Adirondack Council, is good news for the Adirondack Park.. And while the Governor didn’t focus as much in his speech on new environmental legislation and funding…  He did include Pro-Adirondack funding among the items in his legislative agenda… Today on the K&J Show, our guest is Willie Janeway.. …

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Adirondack Council at NYS Legislative Hearing

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The Adirondack Council called on the NYS Legislature today to improve upon pro-Adirondack budget proposals made by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and to dedicate additional funding for protecting clean water, fighting invasive species and preserving open spaces in the largest park in the contiguous United States. Protecting a clean and healthy environment in the Adirondack Park…

No Word Yet From Independent Consultant on Lake Flower Lodge

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There’s no word yet from an independent consultant helping to provide an expert’s look at the proposed Lake Flower Lodge Project in Saranac Lake…  Village Trustee Barb Rice asked for this extra review to be sure the have all of the information they can before making a final decision as to whether or not to…

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DEC Proposes Lowering Imperial Dam on Saranac River

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It’s been a long time coming but if all goes well, The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has entered into a joint agreement with the other owners of the Imperial Dam to finally take action to make the dam safer for residents downstream while at the same time improving the movement of Salmon in the…

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Farm Bureau Supports EPF – Unhappy with Cuomo’s Minimuim Wage Proposal

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The New York Farm Bureau weighed in on the State of the State Speech saying  “If we want to have a growing agricultural sector in New York, it’s important for the State of New York to partner with the industry and invest in growing our farm economy. Governor Cuomo’s State of the State offered some…

Adirondack Council identifies Pro-Adirondack Agenda in State of the State

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Pro-Adirondack Park proposals that build on New York’s 123-year legacy of preserving this global treasure, its clean water, wilderness, wildlife and rural communities, were among the priorities expressed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his team in his 2015 combined State of the State address and Executive Budget summary today. “We applaud the Governor for making…

Lake Champlain Salmon Restoration Shows Continued Gains

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Officials from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation today announced that 2014 assessment results show continued gains in the Lake Champlain landlocked Atlantic salmon fishery restoration program. “It’s extremely encouraging to see the collaborative efforts of New York, Vermont and federal…

Adirondack Council Weighs in on Boy Scout Camp Development

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According to WIllie Janeway,Executive Director of The Adirondack Council, the Adirondack Development Proposal for the Boy Scout Camp in the Southern Adirondacks Highlights Need for Adirondack Park Agency Reforms; In a recent blog post on his website, Janeway says A 1,118-acre development proposal at the former Woodworth Lake Boy Scout Camp in the Adirondack Park…