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IJC report: Weather, not Plan 2014, cause for flooding along Lake Ontario

A newly-released report blames the weather – and not a controversial lake level plan – for devastating flooding along Lake Ontario last year. Some property owners whom 13WHAM spoke with Thursday say they’re not surprised by the findings of the International Joint Commission, the group which came up with the controversial Plan 2014 to regulate lake levels. But they worry... more

Soil scientist reviews farm tile drainage impact at Cayuga County watershed event

Soil scientist reviews farm tile drainage impact at Cayuga County watershed event
Partners For Healthy Watersheds, a collection of regional and local agricultural groups, hosted a soil science expert Thursday evening at Cayuga Community College for a public session on the impacts of tile drainage on watersheds. Dr. Eric Young, an agronomist with the Miner Institute of Chazy, a research group that conducts a variety of farming-related field research, gave an overview... more

DEC: Raw sewage leaking into canal in Seneca Falls

The DEC says that 10 gallons of raw sewage per minute have been spilling into the Cayuga-Seneca Canal throughout the day on Thursday. According to an alert issued by the state, it’s not clear how long the sewage has been leaking into the Cayuga and Seneca Canal, but crews were working Thursday morning to dig up and repair the break.... more

MANTIUS: Legislature adjourns before NYS Assembly can vote on incinerator bill

The New York State Legislature adjourned before 10 p.m. Wednesday without voting on a bill aimed at derailing a proposed garbage incinerator in Romulus. The bill was a top priority among dozens of local officials and businesses in the Finger Lakes, and it had passed the Senate unanimously. Supporters of the measure had expected it to breeze through the state... more

Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council to look for executive director

The Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council is hoping to create an executive director position in order to have one person dedicated to coordinating the variety of efforts and programs aimed at managing the lake. Management council chair and Owasco Town Supervisor Ed Wagner presented a preliminary draft of a job description for an executive director position at Tuesday’s council meeting.... more

Only two systems are allowed to discharge into Keuka Lake

The June 22 deadline to submit public comments to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation regarding a new septic system at the Switzerland Inn is near. Some of those comments are likely to include concerns about state oversight to ensure a new system is functioning properly. State officials say as long as a permit holder meets the requirements... more

State announces action plans to combat algal blooms on Owasco, Cayuga, Skaneateles lakes

Owasco, Cayuga and Skaneateles lakes are among 12 “priority waterbodies” across New York that received tailored action plans to address harmful algal blooms and protect water quality, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday. Developed in part through regional summits that connected local stakeholders and nationwide experts, the action plans contain a variety of recommendations and proposals on how to use $65... more

Helming’s anti-incinerator legislation gets through Senate

The New York State Senate passed the bill to block a proposed garbage incinerator project from moving forward at the former Seneca Army Depot in the Town of Romulus. Circular EnerG is seeking to build a garbage incinerator that would require the daily delivery of more than 2,500 tons of trash to operate. “This is a tremendous victory for the... more

Trail group files action over SF eminent domain decision

A non-profit group has taken legal action against the town of Seneca Falls to prevent the municipality from using eminent domain to build a larger sewer line through the Ludovico Sculpture Trail. Pittsford-based attorney Sheila Chalifoux has filed a petition in Appellate Court in Rochester on behalf of The Frank J. Ludovico Sculpture Trail Corp. against the town of Seneca... more

THE DEBRIEF: Unpacking Geneva contracts, new DRI money, and mental health data (podcast)

The hosts of the Debrief Podcast are tackling the biggest stories in the Finger Lakes over the last two weeks. Hosts Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso break down the latest in the search for Geneva’s next city manager, city contracts that could impact one elected official’s future, as well as new data released by the Centers for Disease Control regarding... more

Legislation will protect small businesses throughout rural, Upstate NY

Both houses of the New York State Legislature this week approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara to create jobs and encourage small business growth throughout rural, upstate New York. The legislation now goes to Governor Andrew Cuomo to be signed into law. “Many communities across rural, upstate New York remain in dire need of private-sector investment to help create... more

Cayuga County officials seek source of power surges at Public Safety Building

Cayuga County officials are attempting to locate the source of power fluctuations after a surge adversely affected the 911 Center’s radio systems approximately three weeks ago. County E-911 Emergency Communications Department Administrator Denise Spingler told the Legislature’s Judicial and Public Safety committee Wednesday that the department had observed a series of power surges at its operations center in the Public... more

Family funds water filter for West Africa with spare change

The Martin family of Waterloo, collected and saved $120.00 in change for the purchase of a Hydraid BioSand Water Filter. Jason and Katie Martin’s children: Maria, Anneka, Julia and Justus were spurred to action (including doing chores for their Grandma) when they heard about the immense impact one filter can have on a family of five for ten years. “Children... more

Supervisors call on Albany to leave home rule to communities as incinerator looms (video)

Seneca County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bob Shipley tackled a familiar item at Tuesday’s meeting during his remarks. The proposed Circular enerG incinerator was condemned again – this time receiving open criticism during open session, two consecutive nights – in Seneca and Schuyler counties. While he recognized and thanked U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer for his support in attending a press... more

USGS: Tiny earthquake reported in Lake Ontario

An earthquake so small that it registered just barely on the United States Geological Survey monitor was reported Tuesday morning. The 1.1 magnitude earthquake was reported approximately two miles northwest of Bear Creek in Ontario, Wayne County. It happened just after 9 a.m. The earthquake was 3.1 miles below the Earth's surface. No one reported feeling the tremor, as it... more

Senate passes legislation focused on Lyme, tick-borne diseases

The New York State Senate recently passed a package of legislation to strengthen efforts to combat Lyme and tick-borne diseases. During this time of year, ticks are becoming active once again. In particular, Senator Helming – a member of the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases – co-sponsored measures that would establish a pilot program for Lyme and... more

Schuyler County joins chorus of opposition to Romulus incinerator

Schuyler County is the latest local government to oppose the proposed “Circular enerG” garbage incinerator project at the former Seneca Army Depot in Romulus, Seneca County, New York. Citing environmental concerns, negative effects on agriculture and tourism, and local opposition from the Town of Romulus and County of Seneca, the Schuyler County Legislature voted Monday against the project, which would... more

Army Corps of Engineers resumes fight against hydrilla in Cayuga Lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week began the season's treatment process for the invasive aquatic plant hydrilla in Cayuga Lake, hoping to build upon significant reductions from last year. On Tuesday, Corps staff began preliminary field work to monitor the growth and development of vegetation in Cayuga Lake, keeping an eye out specifically for hydrilla on the lakeshore... more
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