DEC: Oak wilt zone established in Canandaigua

Calling it the first line of defense against the spread of the invasive deadly oak wilt disease, state Department of Environmental Conservation officials have established a protective zone in Canandaigua as well as other counties downstate. DEC spokeswoman Lori Severino said the protective zones are established around areas where the disease has been detected so all of these areas have... more

Bear sighting in Wayne County: DEC releases ‘best practices’ for homeowners

Wayne County residents have been reading about reports of bear sightings on social media and in the news over the last two weeks. Now, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has stepped in issuing advice to prospective homeowners who might be concerned about a bear sighting in their backyard. To put it simply, bear sightings in New York... more

Lazzaro: ‘Compromise’ a must moving forward in Seneca Falls (video)

Supervisor Greg Lazzaro says he enjoys serving the community and people of Seneca Falls, but wants to see more cooperation and compromise. On Monday, Lazzaro was a guest on Weber this Week, where he discussed the challenges associated with governing through polarizing political times. The most-polarizing issue in Seneca Falls has revolved around the future of the Seneca Meadows Landfill.... more

Does Local Law 3 violate host agreement in Seneca Falls?

There hasn’t been a more hotly-debated issue in Seneca Falls than the operating future of Seneca Meadows. The landfill, which operates along State Rt. 414 for decades has come under fire in recent years by a growing group of concerned citizens. As with any controversial issue, each argument one side makes — it is quickly walked back or challenged by... more

Geneva Foundry case: Attorney files amended claim

The lawyer for residents of the Geneva Foundry neighborhoods has filed an amended notice of claim against the state, city and county over soil contamination from the closed foundry operation. The initial notice of claim was filed in January by attorney Steve Williams of Syracuse. A notice of claim is not a formal lawsuit, but reserves the claimants right to... more

Seneca Meadows files appeal on clay mine ruling

Seneca Meadows Landfill has decided to appeal an appellate court’s ruling that dented its hopes of opening a clay mine near its Salcman Road facility. Lawyers representing the Seneca Falls landfill have filed paperwork asking for two things in light of the Fourth Judicial Department Appellate Court’s Feb. 3 ruling denying Seneca Meadows the right to use an access road... more

Katko: Lake Ontario closer to national marine sanctuary status

Lake Ontario is a step closer to being officially designated as a national marine sanctuary. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reviewed the nomination of southeastern Lake Ontario and will include it in a collection of areas under consideration for national marine sanctuary status. Four counties — Cayuga, Jefferson, Oswego and Wayne — partnered to work on the proposal for... more

EQ Committee to discuss future of Ontario County Landfill

At current disposal rates, the Ontario County Landfill has 11 more years of capacity. What to do with the 379-acre landfill on Routes 5&20 in the town of Seneca after 2028 will be the subject of a landfill master plan now underway. One idea is to convert it to a green energy park, with an effort to locate new industries... more

Ontario County conducting recycling survey

Ontario County wants to know if you recycle, and why (or why not) you do. As part of its solid waste management plan, the county is looking to partner with the community on its efforts to expand services, and increase recycling and waste diversion across municipalities. Developed in collaboration with Causewave Community Partners, Ontario County will be conducting an anonymous,... more

Senior research scientist joins Finger Lakes Watershed Hub

The Finger Lakes Water Hub has expanded from one staff member to two. Lewis McCaffrey is the latest addition to the state Department of Environmental Conservation's new water quality task force, taking on the role of senior research scientist. He joins Watershed Coordinator Aimee Clinkhammer, who began work at the beginning of the year. McCaffrey introduced himself to members of... more

Helming: NY Senate’s $8 billion drinking water plan good for Finger Lakes region

The New York State Senate’s support for $8 billion in water quality investments would benefit the Finger Lakes region, state Sen. Pam Helming said last week. The key components of the Senate’s plan includes a $5 billion bond act to fund water infrastructure projects and support for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to provide $2 billion over five years for water... more

Latest test results: Lead levels still elevated in Ithaca City School District

According to the latest test results, lead levels are still coming back elevated in Ithaca City School District. The most recent results were from samplings taken in late 2016. It's a problem that the community has been hearing officials talk about for some time now. As those throughout the district start to raise greater concerns about the district's ability to... more

FOUNDRY FACTS: DEC announces cleanup process for Geneva residents

The cleanup process will tentatively begin this summer. That doesn’t mean property owners should expect contamination-free soil by the end of 2017, though. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released a fact sheet for neighbors of the former Geneva Foundry, which highlights the cleanup efforts that will be taken on in the coming months. It’s an extensive, years-long,... more

Cayuga County, city of Auburn call on Cuomo to invest more in water infrastructure

With the passing of New York state’s budget just around the corner, Cayuga County and the city of Auburn are reminding Gov. Andrew Cuomo about the water infrastructure challenges the area is facing. Keith Batman, chair of the Cayuga County Legislature, and Auburn City Manager Jeff Dygert, sent a letter to Cuomo on March 10, calling for the state to... more

NY Senate GOP wants $8 billion for clean water projects

State Senate Republicans are pushing for record funding to support water quality projects across New York. In the Senate's one-house budget that will be considered this week, Republicans proposed an $8 billion investment in water quality, including a $5 billion clean water bond act that would need to be approved by voters. The Senate Republicans also endorsed a plan proposed... more

More Lansing pushback on gas moratorium

Village of Lansing Mayor Donald Hartill says he will volunteer to join the Tompkins County Energy and Economic Development Task Force (EEDTF) to 'try to bring some sense' to its plan that would extend Lansing's moratorium on natural gas indefinitely in order to force developers to use sustainable energy solutions. Hartill said that a proposed plant that would have brought... more

Agencies seek to improve Sucker Brook water quality

The town of Canandaigua and the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council are seeking a state permit to improve the quality of water in Sucker Brook Tributary on the south side of Routes 5&20. The town has applied for an Article 24 Freshwater Wetlands permit from the state Department of Environmental Conservation so it can to construct a new peak-flow channel and... more

Engineers recommend powder activated carbon to treat algae toxins in Auburn’s water

Rather than commit to water system upgrades that could cost millions to treat for harmful algae toxins, engineers are pointing Auburn officials in a more conservative direction. Representatives with GHD Consulting Services Inc. offered their final recommendations to Auburn city councilors Thursday pertaining to potential treatment methods against algae toxins in water drawn from Owasco Lake. Low levels of microcystin — toxins... more
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