Algae summits battle the blooms in region

Will summer 2018 bring another scourge of algae to the Finger Lakes? A $65 million project to combat harmful algae blooms at select water bodies in the state is bringing in national experts to work with state and local leaders in battling the blooms that pose a hazard to health and drinking water — not to mention an economic blow... more

New York State charts future of Canandaigua Highlands

The state wants the public to weigh in on the future of more than 8,700 acres of state forest and wildlife management area called the Canandaigua Highlands. The property includes the Italy Hill State Forest and High Tor Wildlife Management Area in the towns of Italy, Jerusalem, Naples, Middlesex, South Bristol and Naples in Yates and Ontario counties. The state... more

Coalition of residents call on Gov. Cuomo to ‘reject’ Circular enerG proposal in Romulus

Finger Lakes business and vineyard owners, local elected officials, lake property owners and residents gathered in Albany to call on Governor Cuomo to reject Circular enerG, LLC’s trash incinerator proposal that would allow thousands of tons of trash to be transported and burned in the Finger Lakes region. The proposal would allow the daily transportation of nearly 3,000 tons of... more

Cayuga County Water and Sewer Authority board seeks more northern representation

More than half of the Cayuga County Water and Sewer Authority's nine-member Board of Directors are from the city of Auburn, causing some county legislators to ask — where is the representation for the north and south? Legislator Tucker Whitman, who represents the towns of Sterling and Victory, has brought that concern before his fellow lawmakers multiple times. Now chair... more

Cayuga County will get some federal aid, but no disaster declaration for summer storms

The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied New York's appeal for a major disaster declaration, but some federal aid will be available for Cayuga County and other counties affected by flooding and severe storms last summer. The state requested a major disaster declaration for Cayuga and 14 other counties due to severe storms in July. The state's application was denied in... more

DEC proposes environmental cleanup plan for former Sylvania plant in Seneca Falls

Thousands of television sets were manufactured at the former Sylvania Electric and Phillips Electronic Component Group plant at 50 Johnston St. from the late 1940s until the 1980s. The TV manufacturing process also left behind some contamination of the 64-acre property and the state Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing a remedy to clean up the site. The public is... more

Geneva finishes Geneva Foundry cleanup

While the state Department of Environmental Conservation gears up for another year cleaning contaminated properties near the former Geneva Foundry site, one remediation project is complete. That’s the foundry site itself. Acting City Manager Sage Gerling said at last week’s City Council meeting that the city has completed its $250,000 remediation of Geneva Foundry land, which consists of 2.5 acres... more

Town of Skaneateles leads watershed plan

The town of Skaneateles became the sponsor of a state grant application to map the Skaneateles Lake watershed and its sources of nutrient loading at a town board meeting Monday night. Called a Nine Element Watershed Plan, or a 9E Plan, it will model what kinds of pollutants are in the watershed, where they are coming from and where practices... more

For the bird nerds: Montezuma Audubon Center to hold owl dissection workshop

Not everyone gets shipped a cooler full of dead owls, but Alyssa Johnson isn’t everyone. An environmental educator at the Montezuma Audubon Center, Johnson is bringing a whole new level of programming to the local bird branch — dissection. With about 30 dead barred owls at her disposal, Johnson will be offering a workshop in March for people to participate... more

How do you like your organic in the Finger Lakes?

Can a tomato grown in a nutrient solution instead of dirt be called “organic?” Is organic farming about more than eschewing synthetic pesticides? Those questions are at the root of debate raging in the organic produce industry. The debate recently heated up when the National Organic Standards Board (a group that advises the U.S. Department of Agriculture) voted this fall... more

Aurora considering activated carbon to combat threat of toxins in water

The village of Aurora held a public meeting Saturday to discuss solutions to the threat of harmful algal blooms in Cayuga Lake. Stephen Waldvogel of GHD Consulting Services Inc. was present to discuss results of a feasibility study that is being done at the Wells College water plant to see what is needed to retrofit the plant to handle algal... more

Residents question sewer expansion along Cayuga-Seneca Canal in Seneca Falls

The Seneca Falls Town Board may not have taken any action in terms of Eminent Domain and the Ludovico Sculpture Trail after cancelling the public hearing scheduled on the topic — but that didn’t stop it from coming up at the session. Town Attorney David Foster outlined the reason — pointing to a period of time that would allow legal... more

Low lake levels reveal a messy Owasco Inlet and bay

Low winter lake levels have revealed more side effects of summer flooding events — a very muddy, debris- and foam-filled inlet at the southern end of Owasco Lake. Owasco Lake Watershed Specialist Andrew Snell took drone photos of the inlet on Jan. 29, showing a sediment plume billowing into the lake surrounded by a soupy white foam. Parts of trees... more

DEC cites High Acres Landfill for ongoing odor issues

Officials at High Acres Landfill in Perinton and Macedon are working to correct an ongoing odor issue that prompted a notice of violation from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the Feb. 2 Notice of Violation to Waste Management of New York LLC, operator of High Acres Western Expansion Landfill on the Monroe-Wayne County border... more

Finger Lakes Land Trust acquires Niles property on Owasco Lake

The Finger Lakes Land Trust has purchased about 74 acres on the eastern side of Owasco Lake to be used for a public conservation area, according to a Monday release. The land on Sam Adams Lane in Niles was purchased for $750,000 from Joseph F. Karpinski as trustee of the Joseph F. Karpinski Revocable Trust at the end of January,... more

Consultant wants more time to finish landfill master plan

A master plan being developed for the Ontario County Landfill following its 2028 closure is taking longer than anticipated to complete. For that reason, the county Board of Supervisors’ Planning and Environmental Quality Committee may approve a no-cost time extension for Barton & Loguidice to finish the job. The county hired the Liverpool engineering firm Sept. 5, 2016. That contract... more

Cuomo to feds: Help protect NY communities from Lake Ontario flooding

With spring approaching and concerns about Lake Ontario water levels, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging the federal government to implement emergency measures to protect communities from flooding. Cuomo sent a letter to Col. Adam Czekanski, Buffalo district commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, requesting protections for 90 sites that are primarily along Lake Ontario or the St. Lawrence... more

Simple Strategies to Protect Seneca Lake

NonPoint Source (NPS) pollution is the BIGGEST threat to Seneca Lake water. It is the result of human activity on land and the effects of water runoff when it rains. Humans have changed the landscape dramatically as land is cleared, driveways paved, and trees are removed to make way for grass lawns. The cumulative effects from such drastic changes to... more
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