Category: Environment

INSIDE THE FLX: Peter Mantius gives update on environmental headlines (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Peter Mantius gives update on environmental headlines (podcast)

Today on Inside the FLX a conversation with Peter Mantius. He founded The Water Front Online, which is dedicated to reporting on environmental issues in the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, Western New York, and Upstate New York at-large. This week, Mantius gives ... MORE
DEC welcomes input on cleanup proposal for city of Auburn site

DEC welcomes input on cleanup proposal for city of Auburn site

The Department of Environmental Conservation is looking to garner public input not he proposed cleanup of the former Green Street Manufactured Gas Plant in Auburn. Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an executive order suspending in-person public meetings, but it’s not entirely clear ... MORE
Dredging efforts along Lake Ontario underway in Wolcott

Dredging efforts along Lake Ontario underway in Wolcott

Dredging efforts are underway at Blind Sodus Bay in Wayne County. The work is part of a multi-million-dollar state effort as part of New York’s REDI initiative. That was the legislative and economic relief effort adopted in 2019 to combat widespread, devastating ... MORE
EARTH DAY PRESENT: Amid pandemic, Wheeler launches assault on EPA’s rules to protect air and water

EARTH DAY PRESENT: Amid pandemic, Wheeler launches assault on EPA’s rules to protect air and water

– By Peter Mantius During the coronavirus-marred weeks leading up to Earth Day 50 — today — the Trump Administration has been busy gutting major clean air and water regulations and rolling back enforcement of environmental rules. In the past week alone, ... MORE
DAILY DEBRIEF: Greenidge power plant quietly shifts to bi

DAILY DEBRIEF: Greenidge power plant quietly shifts to bitcoin, leaving questions about tax incentives (podcast)

How did a power plant along the shores of Seneca Lake in rural Upstate New York dramatically change its course of operation? And how has that shift managed to go almost completely unnoticed? Water Front Online Reporter Peter Mantius dug into that ... MORE
Waterloo village board joins class action suit over Seneca Lake contamination

Waterloo village board joins class action suit over Seneca Lake contamination

The Waterloo Village Board has joined a lawsuit. It’s a class action suit against the manufacturer of aqueous film-forming foam. Also known as AFFF, the foam has been identified as a contaminant in Seneca Lake, the source of the village’s public water ... MORE
DEC cites Ontario County Landfill for odors again

DEC cites Ontario County Landfill for odors again

The landfill in Ontario County has been cited again. The state Department of Environmental Conservation issued the notice of violation April 10, citing excessive hydrogen sulfide emissions at the landfill off Routes 5&20 during the first quarter of this year, according to ... MORE
NYSEG pledges $50K to food bank in CNY

NYSEG pledges $50K to food bank in CNY

NYSEG, an AVANGRID company, announced this week that it had donated $50,000 – the equivalent of 150,000 meals – to Food Bank of Central NY to support the Food Bank’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 situation. The donation is part of a ... MORE
Gloves, masks are not recyclable so put them in the trash

Gloves, masks are not recyclable so put them in the trash

If you’ve taken a walk outdoors on a nice day – you probably noticed a pair, or stray rubber glove on the ground. However, people have also been attempting to recycle gloves, which is not a good idea, according to experts. Public ... MORE
Tick season arrives in the Finger Lakes

Tick season arrives in the Finger Lakes

It is tick season in the Finger Lakes and Western New York. The state Department of Health notes that adult ticks are most active now through mid-May and then again in early fall. Not all of them are carriers of the bacteria ... MORE
Small business owners along Lake Ontario worry about flood risk

Small business owners along Lake Ontario worry about flood risk

As if small business owners and employees didn’t have enough to worry about amid a global health crisis and pandemic — some are looking at nearby waters with concern. One of those concerns is that of high water levels along Lake Ontario ... MORE
Officials see Lake Ontario forecast are hopeful that this year won’t be as bad as 2019

Officials see Lake Ontario forecast are hopeful that this year won’t be as bad as 2019

Maybe there is some good news on the horizon for lakeshore owners in Wayne, Monroe, and Cayuga counties, which have been hard hit by annual flooding. Lake Ontario was approximately 18.5 inches above the long-term average for this time of year, according ... MORE
Researchers at Cornell University help with hand sanitizer fight

Researchers at Cornell University help with hand sanitizer fight

Researchers at Cornell University are helping to create a new recipe for success in the world of hand sanitizer. “Hand sanitizer is actually not that different from vodka or maybe from gin, so for distillers to make the switch isn’t too difficult,” ... MORE
Tops Markets bringing back plastic bags temporarily

Tops Markets bringing back plastic bags temporarily

Plastic bags are making a temporary comeback. Tops Friendly Markets confirmed its allowing customers to use single-use plastic bags amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The company said it won’t enforce the ban until May 15th. The main concern is sanitation connected to reusable ... MORE
Solar projects

Solar projects put on hold amid COVID-19 pandemic

Ten industrial-scale solar energy farms proposed for the Finger Lakes region are stuck in regulatory limbo as the coronavirus crisis complicates an already clogged state permitting process. If approved, the Finger Lakes projects would produce more than 1800 megawatts of power, theoretically ... MORE
Webinar will be held by IJC to address Lake Ontario levels

Webinar will be held by IJC to address Lake Ontario levels

The International Joint Commission is hosting a webinar on Lake Ontario’s water levels. While that might have been one of the top-issues covered thus far in 2020 along Lake Ontario – it recently took a backseat – as the Novel Coronavirus ripped ... MORE
DEC establishes oak wilt quarantine district in Middlesex

DEC establishes oak wilt quarantine district in Middlesex

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced that an oak wilt quarantine district has been established for the town of Middlesex in Yates County. The confirmation of two oak wilt infection centers last year led to the need for a ... MORE
Finger Lakes Land Trust acquires 5.5 acres in Hector

Finger Lakes Land Trust acquires 5.5 acres in Hector

The Finger Lakes Land Trust announced that it acquired a 5.5 wooded acre parcel in the town of Hector on Tuesday. The property includes more than 1,300 feet of shared boundary with the Finger Lakes National Forest (FLNF) and approximately 1,000 feet ... MORE