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Cuomo touts aggressive climate control plan

Cuomo touts aggressive climate control plan
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday touted a climate change meant to reduce carbon emissions and shift the state renewable energy sources within the next several decades. The measure includes the requirement that the Department of Environmental Conservation publish regulations aimed at achieving a 85 percent decline in greenhouse gas levels from 1990 levels by 2050. Cuomo called the measure “the... more

Schumer says it’s time to fix the infrastructure along Lake Ontario

Schumer says it’s time to fix the infrastructure along Lake Ontario
New York Senator Chuck Schumer plans to call on the Army Corps of Engineers to provide funding for repairs to flood-ravaged infrastructure at Little Sodus Bay Harbor on Lake Ontario. Schumer plans to tour the area Monday morning to survey damage from the winter. A pier and a barrier bar began to collapse in February, putting the village of Fair... more

High water levels on the lake bring new challenges for boaters

High water levels on the lake bring new challenges for boaters
Summer begins Friday and State Park Police are expecting more boaters on the water. They’re urging boaters to use caution as they could face new dangers related with the higher lake levels. State Park Police Officers Deliane Lessard and Travis Praller spent Sunday patrolling Braddock Bay in Greece. The water above the surface near Westpoint Marina was calm but Praller... more

Garlock proposes discharge permit modifications, comment sought

Garlock proposes discharge permit modifications, comment sought
The state Department of Environmental Conservation will accept written public comments until July 12 on proposed modifications to the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit for Garlock Sealing Technologies. The company at 1666 Division St. manufactures a range of rubber-sealing products. It discharges treated industrial wastewater, stormwater, non-contact cooling water and boiler blowdown into Red Creek, a Class C water... more

Seneca Supervisors reaffirm support for Cayuga Lake monitoring

Seneca Supervisors reaffirm support for Cayuga Lake monitoring
Cayuga Lake, which borders Seneca County on the east, is the source of drinking water for the town of Seneca Falls and the Cayuga County villages of Cayuga, Union Springs and Aurora. Like other Finger Lakes, it faces challenges from hydrilla and harmful algal blooms in an effort to maintain a high level of water quality. The Cayuga Lake Watershed... more

IJC on Plan 2014: Changing or suspending the plan will be part of ‘a longer-term process’

IJC on Plan 2014: Changing or suspending the plan will be part of ‘a longer-term process’
It’s the best news homeowners along Lake Ontario have heard in a long time. According to the Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich, the International Joint Commission is considering suspending the three-year-old plan Lake Ontario homeowners blame for their flooding. In a statement Wednesday, the IJC said it’s going to meet to look at the “performance of Plan 2014.” It says... more

Ovid, Lodi villages oppose central sewer plant, may go on own

Ovid, Lodi villages oppose central sewer plant, may go on own
The mayors of two south Seneca County villages voiced strong opposition Tuesday to the current Seneca County Board of Supervisors’ plan to have a single, central wastewater treatment plant in Willard serve the south end of the county. Ovid Mayor Leon Kelly and Lodi Mayor Kyle Barnhart said the centralized plan advocated by the county board would be far too... more

Rising waters and assessments? Property owners frustrated along Lake Ontario

Rising waters and assessments? Property owners frustrated along Lake Ontario
Michael Godden says if he knew his lakefront house on Edgemere Drive would be ravaged by high waters twice in three years, he would’ve never purchased a home on the lake. “Don’t think I would’ve bought – and I don’t expect anybody today to do the same,” said Godden, who says his property’s assessment has risen $88,000 in the last... more

New IJC chair will ask to suspend Plan 2014 amid flooding

New IJC chair will ask to suspect Plan 2014 amid flooding
The incoming International Joint Commission chairwoman, Jane Corwin, and her two fellow incoming IJC members are calling for a meeting to propose the suspension of the group’s current plan that manages Lake Ontario’s water level, according to Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich. Reilich said on Facebook Tuesday night that he confirmed with Congressman Chris Collins that Corwin will seek to... more

Cuomo pledges $300M for Lake Ontario REDI plan to address shoreline flooding

Governor Andrew Cuomo kicked off the Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative, or REDI Commission on Monday in Rochester – promising upwards of $300 million to improve infrastructure along Lake Ontario. @NYGovCuomo kicking off the multi-agency Resiliency & Economic Development Initiative (REDI) in Rochester taking a proactive investment approach to the environmental challenge at Lake Ontario pic.twitter.com/DJINZfM7EE — Matthew... more

Schumer pushes for study to prevent future flooding along Lake Ontario

Schumer pushes for study to prevent future flooding along Lake Ontario
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer arrived in the Rochester area Monday afternoon to tour the Lake Ontario shoreline and get a first-hand look at the damage caused by rising waters. Schumer is pushing for the funding of The Great Lakes Coastal Resiliency Study, which aims to create new protections for land and properties along the shoreline. He is calling on the... more

Ontario Co. committee to hear final landfill odor reports

Ontario Co. committee to hear final landfill odor reports
The two consulting firms hired to study the odor problem at the Ontario County Landfill will make their final reports Monday to the Board of Supervisors Planning and Environmental Quality Committee. Casella Waste Services, operator of the 389-acre landfill, has hired a consultant to examine the sources of the odor, what Casella has been doing to mitigate the odor and... more

Lake Ontario Flooding: A look at what was before Plan 2014

Lake Ontario Flooding: A look at what was before Plan 2014
A large focus on Lake Ontario water levels has been on outflow. Some have criticized the new plan to regulate water levels that went into effect in 2016. One professor told News 8 that the problems experienced on the lake would have been just as bad with the old plan in place. Doug Wilcox, Ph.D., SUNY Brockport Empire Innovation Professor... more

DEC plans High Tor trail improvements

DEC plans High Tor trail improvements
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is planning improvements to the Naples-Lehigh Valley Rail Trail, a 6.5-mile trail of abandoned railroad within High Tor Wildlife Management Area in the town of Italy. The trail parallels the West River. The DEC has applied for freshwater permits that are subject to a public comment period. According to the filing on... more

20 acres of Caroline land bought by Finger Lakes Land Trust

20 acres of Caroline land bought by Finger Lakes Land Trust
There are 215 state parks in the state of New York, taking up 350,000 acres of land. Get out of the Big Apple, and find yourself among some of the finest natural scenery that North America has to offer. In a bid to protect and preserve the countryside, the Finger Lakes Land Trust has been buying up plots. The latest purchase... more

State lawmakers continue to blame Plan 2014 for flooding

State lawmakers continue to blame Plan 2014 for flooding
With Lake Ontario’s water levels still on the rise, many state lawmakers are taking aim at the International Joint Commission’s Plan 2014. The plan was meant to mimic the natural cycle of the lake waters. Meaning the rise would be somewhat higher and drop lower than the old plan allowed. Monday state lawmakers met to discuss the plan and say... more

New harmful algal notification system includes interactive map, daily updates

New harmful algal notification system includes interactive map, daily updates
As temperatures rise and harmful algal bloom season moves closer, the state Tuesday launched a new notification and reporting system for the potentially toxic problem that’s plagued Owasco, Cayuga, Skaneateles and other lakes throughout New York. The new NYHABS system features an interactive map showing specifically where a HAB is reported, compared to the general area listed weekly by the... more

Landfill expansion app calls for limits on screening for radionuclides and radon

Landfill expansion app calls for limits on screening for radionuclides and radon
Hakes C&D Landfill Inc. plans to quit screening for two key markers of radioactivity in its leachate, according to documents filed this month in connection with its proposed expansion. Health and radiological experts have decried the decision and called for more — not less — radiological testing of liquids that have percolated through the landfill about five miles northwest of Corning. State-required... more
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