Category: Environment

NO DEAL: Lakefront sale to Bunnell off in Geneva after City Council vote

NO DEAL: Lakefront sale to Bunnell off in Geneva after City Council vote

Four City Council members who previously supported a plan to sell 7 acres of undeveloped city-owned land adjacent to Seneca Lake Park to a developer who planned to put housing on the site had a change of heart Wednesday evening. A revised ... MORE
Stage is set for lawsuit over Geneva Foundry contamination

Stage is set for lawsuit over Geneva Foundry contamination

Jeff Helstrom of 12 Jackson St. couldn’t get up to the front table fast enough to sign up. He was one of about 50 people attending an informational meeting Wednesday at Hydrant Hose with two lawyers from the Smith & Sovik law ... MORE
Geneva City Council urges officials to speed up foundry contamination cleanup

Geneva City Council urges officials to speed up foundry contamination cleanup

As expected, City Council unanimously approved a resolution Wednesday night urging state officials to accelerate cleanup efforts for contaminated neighborhoods near the Geneva Foundry site on Jackson Street, where higher than acceptable levels of lead have been found. The DEC plans to ... MORE
White wine helps white deer in Seneca Co.

White wine helps white deer in Seneca Co.

In May, Heron Hill Winery on Keuka Lake in Hammondsport released 250 cases of a new Riesling-Chardonnay blend wine under the “Save the White Deer” label. The wine was 72 percent Riesling and 28 percent Chardonnay. But 100 percent of the proceeds ... MORE
Wayne supervisor: Plan 2014 will devastate Lake Ontario shoreline communities

Wayne supervisor: Plan 2014 will devastate Lake Ontario shoreline communities

The chairman of Wayne County’s Board of Supervisors blasted the decision by the U.S. and Canadian governments to adopt a plan that allows water levels on Lake Ontario to rise and fall more naturally. Chairman Steve LeRoy of Sodus said Plan 2014, ... MORE
State funding will help Cayuga County watersheds with erosion control projects

State funding will help Cayuga County watersheds with erosion control projects

Of the approximately $5 million Cayuga County received from New York State's Regional Economic Development Council awards, $125,075 will go towards streambank stabilization and erosion control projects with the county Soil and Water Conservation District. The projects are meant to improve the ... MORE
How an RIT startup could help remove thousands of pounds of nutrients from Owasco Lake

How an RIT startup could help remove thousands of pounds of nutrients from Owasco Lake

When Bill Jones looked at a map of where farm-based digesters were located in New York State, he was a bit surprised to see that Cayuga County had about one-third of them. Living on Owasco Lake, Jones said he is aware of ... MORE
Owasco Lake group collects over 1,000 signatures requesting state aid

Owasco Lake group collects over 1,000 signatures requesting state aid

More than 1,000 people signed a petition calling on the state to clean up Owasco Lake and upgrade the city of Auburn and town of Owasco's water treatment facilities. The petition, created by a new grassroots organization called Save Owasco Now, specifically ... MORE
Former Newark Floral getting new life as non-profit takes over facility

Former Newark Floral getting new life as non-profit takes over facility

It’s been closed and vacant since 2012, but the former Newark Floral is undergoing significant renovations and improvements to give it new life. The 315,000 square foot greenhouse space was originally constructed for the use of indoor growing, processing, storage, and shipping ... MORE
EPA ON FRACKING: Effects on water inconclusive

EPA ON FRACKING: Effects on water inconclusive

Hydraulic fracturing to drill for oil and natural gas poses a risk to drinking water in some circumstances, but a lack of information precludes a definitive statement on how severe the risk is, the Environmental Protection Agency says in a new report ... MORE
Hauling of landfill material from Seneca Meadows through Auburn concerns city councilors

Hauling of landfill material from Seneca Meadows through Auburn concerns city councilors

Auburn lawmakers are concerned with news that truckloads of liquid material from Seneca Meadows will be hauled through the city potentially over the next several weeks using the Finger Lakes Railway system. Tentatively starting around Nov. 15, quantities of leachate — the ... MORE
DEC and local officials clash on cause of algal blooms on Owasco Lake

DEC and local officials clash on cause of algal blooms on Owasco Lake

Discussions came to a boiling point at Thursday morning's Cayuga County Water Quality Management Agency meeting — and at the center of the debate was phosphorous. The Auburn Citizen – News: Read More ... MORE
VIDEO: 'Trash Free' rally held in Seneca Falls less than 72 hours before Election Day

VIDEO: ‘Trash Free’ rally held in Seneca Falls less than 72 hours before Election Day

A little more than one hundred area residents gathered in Seneca Falls on Saturday to once again rally against solid municipal waste facilities like Seneca Meadows. The rally featured Seneca Falls Central School District students, a professor from Hobart & William Smith ... MORE
Owasco Lake's blue-green algae visible from space; satellite helps with monitoring efforts

Owasco Lake’s blue-green algae visible from space; satellite helps with monitoring efforts

Cold weather has brought some relief as water tests for the city of Auburn and town of Owasco continue to return with no detectable levels of blue-green algae toxins. The public water supply, which serves approximately 45,000 Cayuga County residents, has not ... MORE
Public Hearing on 'Waste Disposal Law' scheduled after contentious night in Seneca Falls

Public Hearing on ‘Waste Disposal Law’ scheduled after contentious night in Seneca Falls

It was a fiery, contentious debate few expected to see take place in Seneca Falls on Thursday. As Seneca Falls Supervisor Greg Lazzaro attempted to close the session, which was introduced and advertised by local media – three board members made a ... MORE
Lakefront deal goes back to Geneva City Council

Lakefront deal goes back to Geneva City Council

A controversial deal to sell seven acres of land adjacent to Seneca Lake State Park in Waterloo will go back before City Council. Wording in the resolution passed at Council’s Nov. 2 meeting needs refining, City Manager Matt Horn said Wednesday. “The ... MORE
New group to host meeting, talk on Owasco Lake health, blue-green algae

New group to host meeting, talk on Owasco Lake health, blue-green algae

The Auburn Citizen reports that a new environmental group called “Save Owasco Now” will hold a meeting on Monday at 6 pm at the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Regional Education Center located at 1870 West Genesee Street. The group will be showing a video, ... MORE
FLX Politics: Local lame duck lessons after Election Day

FLX Politics: Local lame duck lessons after Election Day

The election season is officially over. Since Tuesday, there has been a lot of debate around this concept called “transition of power.” President Barack Obama praised its importance and said that he would do everything in his power to ensure that President-elect ... MORE