DEC grants permit to Cargill for mine shaft construction

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has granted a permit to the Cargill Cayuga Salt Mine to construct a new $42 million mine shaft, one month after officials contested new permits for mining under Cayuga Lake. The DEC does not believe the construction of the new mine shaft would cause any problems. "DEC carefully reviewed and considered all comments and... more

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finds funds for second year of Cayuga Lake hydrilla treatment

Treatment of hydrilla, a highly invasive aquatic weed found near the village of Aurora on Cayuga Lake, is wrapping up this year with some optimistic signs for the future. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has found funding for additional monitoring and treatment next year, while this year's crop of hydrilla appears to be decaying, slowly but surely. That information... more

Health Department issues boil water order for Cato residents

The Cayuga County Health Department issued a boil water order for village of Cato residents Monday afternoon due to repairs on the water distribution system. The department said repairs have caused a loss of water pressure, which may allow disease-causing organisms to enter the water. The department expects the order to be in effect for a few days, and it... more

Info session set for flood victims on Lake Ontario shoreline

Property owners affected by flooding from record Lake Ontario water levels can learn how they can get help next week in a meeting hosted by state Sen. Pam Helming and Assemblyman Bob Oaks. An informational meeting on the Lake Ontario Flood Recovery Program will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23 at the Wallington Fire Department, 7863... more

Letter blasts DEC amid Seneca Meadows permit renewal consideration

In an official letter to the DEC, as part of the permit renewal process for Seneca Meadows Landfill along State Route 414 — legal representation of the Concerned Citizens and Waterloo Container blasted the state agency. The letter demands that the DEC rescind the Negative Declaration and treat the application as ‘new’ due to changed environmental conditions. The letter, authored... more

Schumer, Cuomo: Feds approve Owasco Flats restoration project

Cayuga County has received federal approval for the Owasco Flats restoration project, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved federal wetland permits for the project. The county needed the permits to advance the restoration work. A spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers said Monday that an unvalidated permit... more

Geneva transfer station could employ waste-eating worms

There could be thousands of new workers at the city’s transfer station on Doran Avenue in the future. But they won’t be people — they’ll be worms. The city is working with Seneca-based Organix Green Industries to create a vermiculture center at the transfer station. Organix operates a vermiculture center on County Road 4 in Seneca. Vermiculture is the use... more

Audit says Casella owes Ontario County $448

An independent audit shows that Casella Waste Systems underpaid Ontario County by $448.14 in 2016 under the community host benefits agreement for its operation and management of the Ontario County Landfill in the town of Seneca. The audit report will be presented at the 1:30 p.m. Monday meeting of the Planning and Environmental Quality Committee of the county Board of... more

DEC seeks permit for water chestnut herbicide

About 45 acres of the Lake Shore Marshes Wildlife Management Area off Lake Ontario may be treated with a herbicide to eliminate water chestnuts, an invasive vegetation. The state Department of Environmental Conservation has applied for a freshwater wetlands permit to apply a herbicide trademarked and sold as Weedar-64. Followup treatment would be applied in subsequent years, as needed. The... more

Learn latest on Canandaigua Lake water quality

An update on the quality of Canandaigua Lake will be presented at the annual meeting of the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association. The meeting will also include a presentation on Finger Lakes Water Hub. Watershed Program Manager Kevin Olvany will talk about lake water quality and research scientist Anthony Prestigiacomo will talk about the new organization called Finger Lakes Water Hub... more

LANDFILL: Community comes out in force to say ‘no’ to permit

Environmental attorney Douglas Zamelis’ back bowed under the weight of a stack of papers containing over 2,000 complaints about the odor coming from the Seneca Meadows landfill. Representing the grassroots group Seneca Falls Environmental Action Committee, Zamelis hefted the paper stack as he scolded Department of Environmental Conservation representatives at the public hearing for the permit renewal application to continue... more

Update: Indian Pines and Red Jacket swimming areas reopen after algae concerns

The swimming areas at Red Jacket and Indian Pines Parks in Penn Yan are reopening today (Aug. 9) at 11 a.m. Officials at Keuka Lake State Park are still awaiting test results to determine when that area will reopen. Those who live on and love to swim in Keuka Lake are becoming more watchful of their shoreline after algae that... more

Middlesex Solar farm incentives approved

At an Aug. 2 special meeting of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center (Yates County’s Economic/Industrial Development Agency) approved multiple resolutions related to two projects — one that will allow homeowners to buy power generated by a solar farm in Middlesex. SOLAR FARM: The SEQR (State Environmental Quality Review), PILOT (Payment in lieu of Taxes) Deviation, and Approving Resolution for... more

‘Don’t go in it’: Harmful algal bloom testing for Owasco Lake limited

Local and state partners are working together to monitor harmful algal blooms on Owasco Lake, but testing of potential toxins in those blooms is limited. The state Department of Environmental Conservation said Owasco Lake, along with Honeyoe, Seneca and Otisco lakes, have shoreline surveillance programs of blooms, studying where they're happening and why. Owasco Lake's is a research effort funded... more

OFFICIALS: Emergency orders, road closures extended for Sodus Point

Sodus Point Mayor Christian Tertinek reports that emergency orders, which have been standing for weeks in parts of Wayne County — have been extended. The official extension means that power driven vessels can operate at no more than idle speed on Great Sodus Bay. It also means that sand bags must remain in place, per the emergency order to protect... more

Seneca Lake beach cleared for swimming following sewage release

The waters at Seneca Lake State Park have been deemed clean enough for swimming. The state Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation reopened the beach Tuesday. Results of the testing were posted, and the beach was declared “clear after resample.” An Aug. 2 sample prior to the recent spill indicated acceptable levels of E. coli at 133 colonies per... more

IF YOU GO: DEC hearing on future of Seneca Meadows to take place Thursday

On Thursday, the controversial Seneca Meadows Landfill debate will once again be re-ignited as DEC officials hold a public hearing on the potential extension of a 10-year permit. While opponents and supporters of Seneca Meadows have sounded off regularly at monthly Town Board meetings in Seneca Falls — this will be the first opportunity for state officials to hear these... more
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