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For the bird nerds: Montezuma Audubon Center to hold owl dissection workshop

For the bird nerds: Montezuma Audubon Center to hold owl dissection workshop
Not everyone gets shipped a cooler full of dead owls, but Alyssa Johnson isn't everyone. An environmental educator at the Montezuma Audubon Center, Johnson is bringing a whole new level of programming to the local ... more
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Town of Skaneateles leads watershed plan

Town of Skaneateles leads watershed plan
The town of Skaneateles became the sponsor of a state grant application to map the Skaneateles Lake watershed and its sources of nutrient loading at a town board meeting Monday night. Called a Nine Element ... more
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Aurora considering activated carbon to combat threat of toxins in water

Aurora considering activated carbon to combat threat of toxins in water
The village of Aurora held a public meeting Saturday to discuss solutions to the threat of harmful algal blooms in Cayuga Lake. Stephen Waldvogel of GHD Consulting Services Inc. was present to discuss results of ... more
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Residents question sewer expansion along Cayuga-Seneca Canal in Seneca Falls

Residents question sewer expansion along Cayuga-Seneca Canal in Seneca Falls
The Seneca Falls Town Board may not have taken any action in terms of Eminent Domain and the Ludovico Sculpture Trail after cancelling the public hearing scheduled on the topic — but that didn’t stop ... more
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DEC cites High Acres Landfill for ongoing odor issues

DEC cites High Acres Landfill for ongoing odor issues
Officials at High Acres Landfill in Perinton and Macedon are working to correct an ongoing odor issue that prompted a notice of violation from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos announced ... more
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Low lake levels reveal a messy Owasco Inlet and bay

Low lake levels reveal a messy Owasco Inlet and bay
Low winter lake levels have revealed more side effects of summer flooding events — a very muddy, debris- and foam-filled inlet at the southern end of Owasco Lake. Owasco Lake Watershed Specialist Andrew Snell took ... more
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Consultant wants more time to finish landfill master plan

Consultant wants more time to finish landfill master plan
A master plan being developed for the Ontario County Landfill following its 2028 closure is taking longer than anticipated to complete. For that reason, the county Board of Supervisors’ Planning and Environmental Quality Committee may ... more
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Finger Lakes Land Trust acquires Niles property on Owasco Lake

Finger Lakes Land Trust acquires Niles property on Owasco Lake
The Finger Lakes Land Trust has purchased about 74 acres on the eastern side of Owasco Lake to be used for a public conservation area, according to a Monday release. The land on Sam Adams ... more
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Simple Strategies to Protect Seneca Lake

Simple Strategies to Protect Seneca Lake
NonPoint Source (NPS) pollution is the BIGGEST threat to Seneca Lake water. It is the result of human activity on land and the effects of water runoff when it rains. Humans have changed the landscape ... more
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Cuomo to feds: Help protect NY communities from Lake Ontario flooding

Cuomo to feds: Help protect NY communities from Lake Ontario flooding
With spring approaching and concerns about Lake Ontario water levels, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging the federal government to implement emergency measures to protect communities from flooding. Cuomo sent a letter to Col. Adam Czekanski, ... more
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INSIDE THE FLX: Montezuma Audubon director talks birds, records, & upcoming events (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Montezuma Audubon director talks birds, records, & upcoming events (podcast)
It's been an incredible winter for local birders. According to Montezuma Audubon Center Director Chris Lajewski, a record-breaking number of bald eagles were spotted just a few weeks ago. Beyond those bald eagle sightings, a ... more
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Romulus resident appeals letter signed by zoning officer on Circular enerG proposal

Romulus resident appeals letter signed by zoning officer on Circular enerG proposal
A Romulus resident filed an appeal against interpretations of the Romulus Zoning Code by Adam Schrader, the Town’s Zoning Enforcement Officer, who in response to inquiries from proponents of a proposed waste incinerator classified the ... more
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Lake Ontario flood aid finally extended to Cayuga, Monroe counties

Lake Ontario flood aid finally extended to Cayuga, Monroe counties
Two counties affected by flooding along Lake Ontario will receive help from the federal government after all. The Federal Emergency Management Agency amended its major disaster declaration to include Cayuga and Monroe counties. The counties ... more
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Ontario County BOS committee opposes Romulus incinerator

Ontario County BOS committee opposes Romulus incinerator
Ontario County may be the next governmental body to formally oppose a trash-burning incinerator proposed for the Seneca County town of Romulus. The Ontario County Board of Supervisors’ Planning and Environmental Quality Committee approved a ... more
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Owasco Lake inspector leaves post for soil and water district

Owasco Lake inspector leaves post for soil and water district
The Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program is down to one inspector. Former Owasco Lake watershed inspector Tim Schneider accepted a new position as a countywide watershed inspector with the Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation ... more
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FL Land Trust acquires 24 acres in national forest

The Finger Lakes Land Trust has acquired 24 acres in the heart of the Finger Lakes National Forest. Located in the town of Hector, Schuyler County, the wooded property is surrounded by existing public land ... more
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Rake the lake: Shoreline weeds, debris could be part of Owasco Lake’s harmful algae recipe

Rake the lake: Shoreline weeds, debris could be part of Owasco Lake's harmful algae recipe
2017 was a rough year for Owasco Lake, but John Halfman has some ideas for improving its water quality and keeping harmful algal blooms from turning its beaches to pea soup. Halfman, professor of geolimnology ... more
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Solar energy, ZBA approval moratoriums on Romulus Town Board agenda

Solar energy, ZBA approval moratoriums on Romulus Town Board agenda
The Town Board will conduct public hearings Wednesday on two proposed local laws. One would impose a six-month moratorium on any approvals of an appeal made to the town Zoning Board of Appeals. There have ... more
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Plastic bag ban, fee among options floated by NY task force

Plastic bag ban, fee among options floated by NY task force
A state task force suggested several options to address plastic bag waste in New York after failing to reach a consensus on one recommendation. The Plastic Bag Task Force's 88-page report was released Saturday ahead ... more
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Odor website referred back to Seneca County Supervisors committee

Seneca County Board of Supervisors will have new leader after tonight’s meeting
Six months ago, Steve Churchill proposed that Seneca County create a website on Fingerlakes1.com dedicated to the reporting of offensive odors. It was considered an alternative to a hotline for odor complaints maintained by Seneca ... more
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Three Brothers Winery seeks discharge permit from state

Three Brothers Winery seeks discharge permit from state
Three Brothers Winery and Estate has applied for a discharge permit from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The winery-brewery at 623 Lerch Road wants to be allowed to do a monitored discharge of treated ... more
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