Category: Environment

Toxic algae took it easy on Seneca Lake this year: Canandaigua, Cayuga, and Owasco lakes all got slammed though

Toxic algae took it easy on Seneca Lake this year: Canandaigua, Cayuga, and Owasco lakes all got slammed

On the morning of July 4, Cayuga Lake’s first suspected harmful algal bloom of the season was spotted on the shoreline near the Beacon Bay Marina at the lake’s northeastern tip. Tests showed that its water samples easily exceeded the state’s cutoff ... MORE
DEBRIEF: Montezuma Audubon Center continues to see 25% bump in visitors as fall migration unfolds (podcast)

DEBRIEF: Montezuma Audubon Center continues to see 25% bump in visitors as fall migration unfolds (podcast)

This month in our spotlight of the Montezuma Audubon Center in Savannah, Wayne County, Chris Lajewski discusses the mid-to-late fall migration patterns, the water fowl species that can be found on the thousands of acreage in Seneca and Wayne counties, as well ... MORE
WEEKEND DEBRIEF:

WEEKEND DEBRIEF: Discussing FLH/URMC partnership, NY’s evolving quarantine guidelines, COVID fines on local biz, and block party clusters (podcast)

A closer look at upcoming elections with big time local implications, a discussion about the future of medicine after an announcement by Finger Lakes Health and the University of Rochester Medical Center that they would be working together, and the controversial story ... MORE
HABs tracking season on Seneca Lake comes to an end

HABs tracking season on Seneca Lake comes to an end

The HABs monitoring season has come to an end on Seneca Lake and fewer blooms were reported. It’s good news for lake watchers, who have seen Harmful Algal Blooms, or HABs dominate environmental news in recent years. “Our volunteers have completed their ... MORE
DEC: Watch out for rabid deer, spottings

DEC: Watch out for rabid deer, which have been spotted in both Cayuga, Ontario counties

The Department Environmental Conservation is warning hunters that three rabid deer have been found in Cayuga, Cortland, and Ontario counties. They have taken place in the last two weeks. They noted that one deer was found swimming in a pond in Ontario ... MORE
Legislators in Schuyler vote 7-1 to urge DEC to probe proposed Cayuta waste site; Sen. O'Mara asks for answers on traffic

Legislators in Schuyler vote 7-1 to urge DEC to probe proposed Cayuta waste site; Sen. O’Mara asks for answers on traffic

The Schuyler County Legislature voted 7-1 last night for a resolution opposing a state permit for a proposed solid waste facility on Route 13 in Cayuta until: — The state Department of Environmental Conservation conducts a “full, fair and exhaustive environmental review, ... MORE
Plastic bag ban will be enforced beginning next week in New York

Plastic bag ban will be enforced beginning next week in New York

While New Yorkers have been given a reprieve on the plastic bag ban, which was passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier this year — it will come to an end in approximately a week. Department of Environmental ... MORE
DEC says early earth-moving was violation at proposed waste facility in Schuyler County

DEC says construction of storage building on proposed waste facility site in Schuyler wasn’t issue, but early earth-moving was violation

The 2019 construction of a green storage building on the site of a proposed waste facility in Schuyler County does not violate state rules that ban construction activity without a permit, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has ruled. “The property owner ... MORE
Plans unknown at this time, but DEC permits to discharge wastewater requested at former Bristol Harbour Resort

Plans unknown at this time, but DEC permits to discharge wastewater requested at former Bristol Harbour Resort

What’s next for Bristol Harbour? It’s not entirely clear at this point, but the property at 5410 Seneca Point Road is the subject of new Department of Environmental Conservation permit requests. The owners of the property, Todd and Laura Cook, haven’t clarified ... MORE
Schuyler County will consider resoluti

Schuyler County will consider resolution to block development of Cayuta waste facility

The Schuyler County Legislature is expected to consider on Oct. 13 efforts to modify or block development of a proposed facility in Cayuta that would handle up to 500 tons of waste a day. The legislators will consider a resolution — passed unanimously ... MORE
Canandaigua Lake water level down significantly after hot, dry summer

Canandaigua Lake water level down significantly after hot, dry summer

Officials around Canandaigua Lake say despite recent rainfall, the large body of water remains below ‘average’. Kevin Olvaney, manager of the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council, told the Finger Lakes Times that water levels continue to be lower than average. In fact, they ... MORE
Seneca County IDA approves incentive package for solar farm in Fayette

Seneca County IDA approves incentive package for solar farm in Fayette

The Seneca County Industrial Development Agency gave the green light to a package of incentives for a solar project in Fayette. While the project still needs final approval after a public hearing – the PILOT agreement clears a major hurdle. The Delaware ... MORE
Quiet week for HABs on Seneca Lake despite dry conditions

Quiet week for HABs on Seneca Lake despite dry conditions

After another week of bloom watching on Seneca Lake only one was reported, according to Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association. In their Week 7 report, just a single bloom was spotted near Glenora Point. “Most of the week saw windy conditions, which ... MORE
DEC probes building at proposed Schuyler waste facility; waste trucks won’t travel to Seneca Meadows

DEC probes building at proposed Schuyler waste facility; waste trucks won’t travel to Seneca Meadows

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is investigating a building on the site of a proposed waste facility near Alpine Junction in Schuyler County that was constructed before the facility had obtained a DEC permit to build. “DEC was first made aware ... MORE
Yates County residents encourage DEC to modify, revoke Greenidge permits over plan to expand bitcoin mining

Yates County residents encourage DEC to modify, revoke Greenidge permits over plan to expand bitcoin mining

A group of Yates County residents has asked state environmental regulators to modify, suspend or revoke Greenidge Generation’s operating permits to reflect the power plant’s rapidly developing role as an off-the-grid data center that “mines” Bitcoin, the leading cryptocurrency. The company won the ... MORE