Environmental Bulletin

Why Did the Salamander Cross the Road?-Citizen Science Opportunity

February 26, 2010

Have you ever witnessed large numbers of salamanders and frogs crossing the road on rainy spring nights? Ever wonder where they came from and where they're going? Each spring, frogs and salamanders travel significant distances from their forest habitats to breed in woodland pools. Unfortunately, migration pathways often cross roads and long driveways, leading to mortality of slow-moving wildlife, even in low traffic areas.

Outdoor burn regs change

Andrew Amelinckx
October 27, 2009

Register-StarNEW YORK STATE — With fall in full swing many county residents are spending an afternoon or two raking the multi-colored leaves that seem to endlessly descend on their properties. But unlike in the past when they were able to burn the piles, thanks to new state regulations they’ll have to find another way of disposing of them.

These aren’t the only changes in the Department of Environmental Conservation regulations concerning outdoor burning.

Prehistoric Quarries of Dutchess County in Jeopardy

Rick Oestrike, Ph.D.
February 17, 2009

Before European settlers arrived on this continent the Native Americans manufactured and used a variety of stone tools with sharp cutting edges. Important among these were arrowheads, spear points, drill points, burins, etc. The creation of these sharp-edged tools require specific raw materials that form sharp edges when broken, including obsidian, flint, quartz or chert. In Dutchess County the raw materials needed to create these tools are rare.

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Environmental Advocates of New York Newsletter
March 31, 2008

Green the BudgetKeep RGGI Resources Clean & Green
Environmental Advocates is asking our leaders to dedicate resources generated by the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) for clean energy and energy efficiency.

The state’s first auction of climate change pollution allowances under the RGGI is likely to happen in December 2008. That’s not too far off. We want the monies generated through those auctions to help save New Yorkers money on their utility bills, clean up our air, and offset the costs to implement the regional climate change plan.

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Environmental Advocates of New York Newsletter
March 17, 2008

Something in the WaterYou probably read the Associated Press report about pharmaceuticals in the country’s drinking water supplies (New York City was not among those tested). However, the story about water that you may have missed, is that New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has released (without much fanfare) its assessment of the state’s sewage infrastructure needs.

We’ll put it this way—it’s a big number—$36.2 Billion over the next 20 years. That’s almost twice as much as the E.P.A.

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Environmental Advocates of New York Newsletter
February 18, 2008

Great Lakes, Great Compact, Great VictoryTwo weeks ago Environmental Advocates of New York let you know that the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact was on the move in the Statehouse. Now it's moving to the Governor's desk for the very first time following passage by the State Senate and Assembly over the past two weeks.
The Compact is the multi-state (and two Canadian province) measure that will protect Great Lakes water for future generations and give New York a seat at the table when the tough decisions about water use are being made.

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Environmental Advocates of New York Newsletter
January 23, 2008

The Environmental Perspective

1 Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) staffing. The agency will see a slight net increase in staff, with four new positions. This is good news as we'd heard from many sources to anticipate staff cuts at the agency.

2 Brownfields Cleanup. The Governor is proposing major reforms to the tax credits associated with the state's Brownfield Cleanup Program, in line with what we've been lobbying for the last few years. These reforms are intended to keep overly generous tax credits under control and provide larger tax credits for sites cleaned to a higher standard.

A Farmer's List of New Year's Resolutions for Supporters of Local Agriculture

Lorraine Stuart Merrill
January 14, 2008

American Farmland TrustLet us count the many ways to foster a vibrant farm economy and save farmland. As a farmer, I offer a list of New Year’s suggestions for anyone who wants to support local farmers and farmland—from new converts to the cause of local foods to seasoned advocates of farming and ranching. When it comes to supporting local farms, each individual can make a real difference. Resolve to turn over some new leaves in 2008—like trying a new variety of fresh leafy greens from your own garden or from a local grower.

Farmland Grant Recipients in the Hudson Valley

January 04, 2008

Dutchess County
The County will partner with Dutchess Land Conservancy to protect Sunset Ridge Farm, founded in 1981, a 208-acre dairy operation with 65% high quality soils. It has over 5,000ft of frontage along Webatuck Creek and adjoins two farms that are presently under contract to be protected. The farm is also listed with National Historic Register as one of the nine farms comprising the Coleman Station Historic District whose agricultural heritage dates back to the late 1700s.

Town of Crawford (Orange County)
The Town will partner with Open Space Conservancy to protect Glen Haven Farm, founded in 1999, a 112-acre livestock farm and greenhouse operation with 100% high quality soils that adjoins a 144-acre protected farm.

DEC Announces $2.75 Million in Grants

November 13, 2007

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced grants totaling $2.75 million for 20 different projects designed to help vulnerable wildlife across the state.

Turtles in the Hudson Valley, caddisflies in the Adirondacks, paddlefish in Western New York and whales in New York Harbor are among the species that will benefit.The funding is available through the New York State Wildlife Grants Program - the core program to conserve biodiversity and protect potentially threatened and endangered species. Funding was awarded to projects sponsored by universities, non-profit groups and research centers, according to a DEC press release.

"The projects that we have chosen will significantly advance our goals of understanding and improving populations of New York*s most vulnerable species of fish and wildlife," DEC Commissioner Peter Grannis was quoted as saying in the press release.