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Invasive species like spotted lanternfly pose major risk to New York’s environment and agriculture

Spotted Lanternfly: Is climate change spreading the pest to more states? Vineyards aren’t hit as hard as expected in New York
Invasive species are causing significant harm to New York's environment and agriculture, according to state officials. With National Invasive Species Awareness Week underway, the spotlight is on pests like the spotted lanternfly, European starlings, purple ... more
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New York State awards $1.2M to protect Owasco Lake’s water quality

Auburn officials keeping an eye on Owasco Lake level
In an effort to safeguard the water quality of Owasco Lake, the state of New York has allocated a $1.2 million grant to the Finger Lakes Land Trust. This funding, part of the Water Quality ... more
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Firm planning drilling spree in Southern Tier goes silent as lawmakers seek to ban use of CO2 in quest for gas

Firm planning drilling spree in Southern Tier goes silent as lawmakers seek to ban use of CO2 in quest for gas
The scientists and activists that pushed New York State to ban high-volume hydrofracking are working overtime against a speculative plan to inject CO2 rather than water into Southern Tier shale formations to extract natural gas ... more
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Neighbors of High Acres Landfill renew odor complaints in Green Amendment case rebutting DEC

Neighbors of High Acres Landfill renew odor complaints in Green Amendment case rebutting DEC
Do courts have authority to rule on whether the state’s failure to abate air pollution around the High Acres Landfill violates the constitutional rights of the facility’s neighbors? High Acres is located 14 miles southeast ... more
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Ontario, Yates counties join forces to host soil health workshop

Seneca/Cayuga County Soil & Water Conservation Districts and Partners host Soil Health Workshop for Area Farmers
The Ontario and Yates County Soil and Water Conservation Districts, in partnership with the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association, recently announced the 2024 Soil Health Workshop. Set to take place on February 27th, from 9:30 AM ... more
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Seggos quitting as DEC commissioner after 8-year tenure, leaving mixed environmental legacy in Finger Lakes

Seggos quitting as DEC commissioner after 8-year tenure, leaving mixed environmental legacy in Finger Lakes
Basil Seggos confirmed late yesterday that he’s stepping down as Commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation after an eight-year term. He plans to continue working in Gov. Kathy Hochul’s administration through state budget ... more
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DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos announces resignation

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos announces resignation
New York Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos has announced his resignation, marking the end of his tenure since October 2015. Known for being the longest-serving commissioner in the department's history, Seggos cited the ... more
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Ontario County advances environmental efforts with soil & water conservation

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At a recent Ontario County Board of Supervisors meeting, Megan Webster, the District Manager, presented an overview of the Soil & Water Conservation District's achievements in 2023 and outlined its objectives for 2024. Established in ... more
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DEC doesn’t require truck traffic analysis for gravel mine expansion despite dangerous curve

DEC doesn’t require truck traffic analysis for gravel mine expansion despite dangerous curve
What does a 1948 Bugatti 35A race car have in common with a dump truck loaded with sand and gravel? Both have wrecked at Milliken’s Corner in Watkins Glen. The near-90-degree turn at the bottom ... more
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Lodi faces criticism over support for landfill expansion

Mayor resigns in Lodi unexpectedly
In a recent move that has sparked widespread concern, the Lodi Town Board voted in favor of supporting the expansion of Seneca Meadows, New York's largest landfill. This decision could see the landfill accepting 6,000 ... more
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DEC’s Feb. 28 cutoff for comments on gravel mine seen as part of 16-year pattern of obstruction

DEC’s Feb. 28 cutoff for comments on gravel mine seen as part of 16-year pattern of obstruction
(UPDATED at 12:45 p.m. Feb. 19 with letter from Schuyler County’s state Legislators demanding a 90-day extension of the DEC’s Feb. 28 deadline for public comment on the proposed Padua Ridge gravel mine expansion.) The state’s tight ... more
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FL Land Trust acquires 1,000-acre property known as ‘Bad Bear Hill’

FL Land Trust acquires 1,000-acre property known as 'Bad Bear Hill'
The Finger Lakes Land Trust announced the completion of its most significant conservation effort to date, acquiring nearly 1,000 acres along the Canisteo River in Steuben County. This landmark project, marking the Trust's 35-year history, ... more
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Final cleanup phase for Geneva foundry site set for this year

Final cleanup phase for Geneva foundry site set for this year
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced the completion of the cleanup process for neighborhoods around the former Geneva Foundry Site at 23 Jackson Street in Geneva by 2024. This effort marks ... more
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Finger Lakes Land Trust gets over $1M for Owasco Lake protection

Owasco Lake groups ready to take algal bloom project requests to Albany
Governor Kathy Hochul announced a significant financial boost for water quality and conservation efforts in New York State, with over $1 million allocated to the Finger Lakes Land Trust (FLLT) to aid in the protection ... more
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New System for Reporting Unreasonably Offensive Odors in Town of Seneca Falls

New System for Reporting Unreasonably Offensive Odors in Town of Seneca Falls
Town Supervisor Frank Schmitter has instituted new procedures effective immediately for residents and businesses to report any unreasonably offensive odors in the Town. A Town resident or business may now report any unreasonably offensive odors ... more
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DEC kept local officials in the dark for 16 years as it weighed plans to expand Watkins Glen gravel mine

DEC kept local officials in the dark for 16 years as it weighed plans to expand Watkins Glen gravel mine
On the eve of two state-sponsored public hearings on a plan to quintuple the size of the Padua Ridge sand and gravel mine, the Schuyler County Legislature is set to vote today on a resolution ... more
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Finger Lakes solar eclipse: What happens if it’s cloudy?

Finger Lakes solar eclipse: What happens if it's cloudy?
The Finger Lakes region is gearing up for a spectacular astronomical event on April 8, 2024 — a total solar eclipse, the area's most significant celestial event in nearly a century. While the area has ... more
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Seneca Meadows Landfill odors delay permit renewal again

Seneca Meadows Landfill odors delay permit renewal again
The Seneca Falls Town Board has once again postponed the decision on renewing a zoning permit for Seneca Meadows Inc.'s landfill, citing pervasive odor issues as the primary concern. In a recent meeting, the board ... more
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600+ acre Tyre solar project draws more criticism: Will NYS listen?

600+ acre Tyre solar project draws more criticism: Will NYS listen?
A proposed solar energy project in Seneca County has drawn scrutiny from state officials and local residents, including state Sen. Tom O'Mara, who voiced significant concerns about its impact on prime farmland. The project, spearheaded ... more
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