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Use of landfill permit payments discussed by Ontario BOS committee

Use of landfill permit payments discussed by Ontario BOS committee
In 2014, Ontario County’s Solid Waste Management Plan was approved by the state. In 2015, both the county and Casella Waste Services, operator of the county landfill in the town of Seneca, received approval from the state DEC to expand the landfill within the existing footprint by 43.5 acres, extending its life to 2028. Upon getting the expansion approved, Casella... more

Fello joins Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association team

joins Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association team
Seneca Lake Pure Waters has welcomed a new face to their local environmental team. Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association announced on Monday that Kaitlin Fello has been hired as its part-time Administrative Coordinator. She will work with Pure Waters Officers and Board members to expand efforts to preserve, promote and protect Seneca Lake Water Quality. Fello is a Geneva HS... more

New York State DEC files lawsuit against IJC

New York State DEC files
The New York State DEC has filed a lawsuit against the International Joint Commission, claiming negligence stemming from high water levels on Lake Ontario. The lawsuit alleges the IJC’s “Plan 2014” resulted in devastating flooding for communities and residents along the lake’s shoreline in 2017 and 2019. “The persistent high water levels – and the devastation they have caused to... more

DEC allowing public comment on Naples surface discharge permit

DEC allowing public comment on Naples surface discharge permit
The state Department of Environmental Conservation has made a tentative decision to issue a new permit for the discharge of treated wastewater at the Naples Central School District bus garage at 8 Academy St. The facility houses and washes buses on site. The permit would allow the discharge to an onsite stormwater retaining pond and then to groundwater from an... more

Algae bloom appears near FLX Welcome Center in Geneva; busy HAB season on Seneca Lake

Even more HABs spotted along Seneca Lake over las
Bill Roege, who recently took over as HABs Director for Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association, says the last seven days have proven to be busy for volunteers working around Seneca Lake to identify harmful algal blooms. Last week, Frank DiOrio was a guest on FingerLakes1.com’s Sunday Conversation, outlining some of the things that SLPWA had seen throughout the season. The... more

NY money available for homes damaged by Lake Ontario floods

NY money available for homes damaged by Lake Ontario floods
Homeowners with property damage from flooding along Lake Ontario this year can apply for financial assistance from the state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says up to $20 million is available for homeowners in Cayuga, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence and Wayne counties. Homeowners can get up to $50,000 for flood damage to their primary residence. Aid to repair secondary... more

Gov. Cuomo directs DEC to sue IJC over Lake Ontario flooding

Cuomo directs DEC to sue IJC over Lake Ontario flooding
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is filing a lawsuit against the International Joint Commission for its mismanagement of Lake Ontario water levels that caused catastrophic damage to shoreline communities. As a direct result of the IJC’s mismanagement, extremely high water levels exacerbated damage to residences and businesses, swept away large swaths of... more

Lake Ontario flood survey by IJC up now for shoreline residents

Lake Ontario flood survey by IJC up now for shoreline residents
Property owners along Lake Ontario will now have an opportunity to share their input to the International Joint Commission, which is in charge of regulating the water levels. Homeowners along the shoreline are being encouraged to share details of the flood damage they experienced through a survey. The IJC and the Lake Ontario-Saint Lawrence River Control Board will use the... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Discussing HAB season with Frank DiOrio of Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (podcast)

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Discussing HAB season with Frank DiOrio of Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (podcast)
What’s up with all the algae? While experts and scientists battle with the ‘what’ is causing dozens of blooms each summer in lakes around the region – spotters with one volunteer organization are putting in the work to alert residents about harmful algae blooms; and where they pop up. Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association is that organization, and Frank DiOrio... more

Greenidge offers up change of plans to $80M data farm planned in Torrey

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Call it a change of plans. The $80 million data farm planned for the grounds of the Greenidge power plant in Torrey is being revamped due to noise ordinances, according to The Chronicle-Express. Representatives from Greenidge addressed the Torrey Planning Board and Finger Lakes Economic Development Center to discuss changes. The goal is to use some of the power plant’s... more

DEC issued violation notice to Cargill after Cayuga Lake spill in February

DEC issued violation notice to Cargill after Cayuga Lake spill in February
A broken pipe carrying sodium ferrocyanide at the Cargill Salt Mine in Lansing discharged a green liquid into Cayuga Lake last February, according to a notice of violation the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued to Cargill on Feb. 12 as revealed for the first time earlier this month through documents released by a local activist last week.  “We immediately... more

Homeowners along Lake Ontario will have to act quickly if they want piece of $20M recovery funds

Millions in funds available for Lake Ontario homeowners
Up to $20 million is now available for home owners along the Lake Ontario shoreline who suffered flooding damages in 2019. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the Homeowner Recovery Program this week. Primary residences can get up to $50,000 in state funding, if eligible, to help rebuild and reconstruct. “A lot of people are looking forward to this,” says Wayne Knox, President of... more

Local researchers find link between pollution and weaker immune systems

Local researchers find link between pollution and weaker immune systems
University of Rochester researchers have made a connection between pollution and your immune system. The study, led by Dr. Paige Lawrence, found that maternal exposure to pollution can harm the immune system of children. It says passing it on through generations weakens your body’s defense against infections like the influenza virus. Continue reading from WHEC-TV more

REDI initiative grants continues to take shape, local match lowered from 15 to 5 percent

REDI initiative grants continues to take shape, local match lowered from 15 to 5 percent
Albany has announced several updates regarding the Regional Economic Development Initiative. That initiative is aimed at providing assistance to municipalities along the Lake Ontario shoreline after another year of flooding and damaging waves. In a letter released Tuesday, initiative co-chairs Basil Seggos and Eric Gertler said the state will now only require local or county governments to match five percent... more

Seneca Lake-area water systems promise new data on PFAS, while state keeps tight lid on information

Seneca Lake-area water systems promise new data on PFAS, while state keeps tight lid on information
Blindsided a month ago by intense public alarm over reports that their public drinking water showed traces of PFAS-class chemicals, officials in Watkins Glen and Montour Falls and Waterloo confirmed last week that they are in the process of checking it out. No new tests results are in yet, but they’re said to be in the pipeline.  In early September,... more

Lake Ontario homeowner recovery plan now accepting applications

Lake Ontario homeowner recovery plan now accepting applications
Homeowners affected by this year’s Lake Ontario flooding can now apply for state funding to offset damage. The 2019 Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Flood Relief and Recovery Program is open to primary residences throughout October, says a press release from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office. Homeowners in counties including Monroe, Orleans, and Wayne are eligible to receive up to $50,000 in funding... more

Supervisors make progress on draft sewer use law in Seneca County

Supervisors make progress on draft sewer use law in Seneca County
Seneca County might finally be getting somewhere with one of its most-complex issues. The Board of Supervisors met in a special committee session Monday night to discuss the future of a sewer use law, which will be introduced to the full-board after successful passage through committee. “This has been one of the biggest issues in Seneca County for the last... more

DEC seeks comment on Ontario landfill de-packaging project

DEC seeks comment on Ontario landfill de-packaging project
The state Department of Environmental Conservation is allowing written public comment on an application submitted by Casella Waste Systems and the Ontario County Landfill. The requested permit would be for construction of a de-packaging operation to remove food and beverage waste from products taken to the landfill that are unsuitable for resale. The equipment and storage tanks will be housed... more
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