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One of New York's ecological treasures is one step closer to recovery.

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Albany and Troy have reportedly been dumping sewage into the Hudson River and not reporting it in a timely manner.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation this summer is expanding its stewardship partnership aimed at preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species in the Adirondacks.

NYPIRG's Blair Horner and Toxic Targeting's Walter Hang present documents on unfinished oil spill clean ups in New York.
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Environmental advocates say that New York state officials could do a better job of cleaning up pollution sites caused by the fossil fuels industry that they say in some cases, have dragged on for decades. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s environmental aides are defending their record.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has a proposal to improve access to a hiking destination in the Catskills. There is a public meeting on the plan Tuesday night in Woodstock.

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New York state regulators say a proposed dual pipeline from Albany to New Jersey oil refineries requires a full environmental review.

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The New York Department of Environmental Conservation is locking horns with the Environmental Protection Agency over dredging and PCB's in the Hudson River.

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Residents in Albany’s South End heard from top environmental officials Wednesday, the same day nearby Global Partners was criticized for air pollution. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas attended the meeting at the Ezra Prentice Homes.

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  Federal, state and local government officials were in Albany's South End Wednesday night where they met with residents to talk about health risks and other issues associated with oil trains. 


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Authorities say much of the Northeast is experiencing drought conditions, with sections of New York and Massachusetts among the driest.

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Invasive species are spreading across the region.  The summer is a prime season for the non-native insects to move to new habitats, threatening native ecosystems. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Lands and Forests Research Scientist Jerry Carlson is also Chief of Forest Health and Protection, making him responsible for identifying changes in the forest environment statewide.  Originally trained as an entomologist, Carlson sat down to discuss the increasing risk of invasive insects throughout eastern New York.

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New York State environmental officials are asking residents and visitors of Horicon in Warren County to keep an eye out for any clues that can be used to find a missing hunter who disappeared last November.

Dredging To Occur in Rensselaer Neighborhood

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Dredging is set for a close-knit neighborhood in Rensselaer.
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The chemical manufacturer BASF recently reached an agreement with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to dredge contaminated river sediment from the site of its former dye plant in Rensselaer. It’s at the end of a residential street that runs along the river. The company is expected to begin the cleanup at the end of the year, but some residents are concerned.

State officials say New York got through the 2015 hunting season without a single shooting fatality, the first time that has happened since the 1950s.

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The Department of Environmental Conservation announced the final management plan for 18,000 acres of northern Adirondack forest land in Franklin County on Monday.

New York's Department of Environmental Conservation is investigating possible illegal dumping of commercial waste material in a town that's already the focus of a water contamination probe.

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More communities ask DEC lead Pilgrim Pipeline review.

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New York environmental officials have proposed emission limits on the diesel generators and natural gas-fired engines generally used to provide back-up power at large buildings like hospitals and offices.

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The search continues today for a missing hunter in the Adirondacks. 82-year-old Thomas Messick of Troy has been missing since November 15th. Messick failed to meet up with his hunting party near Lily Pond in the Warren County town of Horicon.

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Following a series of dam collapses in South Carolina due to severe weather this week,  there’s a call for passage of legislation to maintain and upgrade hazardous dams, including hundreds in New York State.

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General Electric says it has completed its sixth and final year of dredging sediment contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls from the upper Hudson River.

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One day after the statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing was made official, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens announced he will leave his position. 

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Crude oil spill response capabilities will be enhanced across New York State with a series of actions announced today by state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has euthanized a reportedly aggressive deer that was familiar with neighbors in the Washington County town of Cambridge.

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State officials say it will cost more than $20 million to clean up a hazardous waste site in the Schenectady County.

The Daily Gazette of Schenectady reports that the Department of Environmental Conservation has released details of the project proposed for the property on Freemans Bridge Road in the town of Glenville, on the Mohawk River 15 miles northwest of Albany, and that cleaning up the former Kenco Chemical Co. site will cost an estimated $20.5 million, with the money coming from the state Superfund.

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State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens says cleaning up brownfields, improving access to public lands and increasing resiliency to extreme weather are among his agency's priorities in the coming fiscal year.

Martens spoke Wednesday at the first of 13 budget hearings before the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees.

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The public has a chance to weigh in tonight at a hearing on ways to improve outdoor recreation opportunities on both private and public lands in the Southern Adirondacks.

The air in Albany's South End is safe to breathe. That's the word from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. That may be far from the last word, if residents have their say.

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A relatively minor oil spill at the Port of Albany has apparently set the scene for a summer of scrutiny, with county officials putting crude-by-rail transporter Global Partners LLC under the microscope.

Albany's river port has emerged as a major hub for rail and barge shipments of crude oil. A series of incidents involving rail cars moving crude oil internationally has prompted concerns about spills and fires from some residents and environmental groups.  A weekend spill underscores those concerns.

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New regulations have gone into effect in New York State requiring boats at DEC boat launches be clear of any plant or animal matter before entering the water. As those rules go into effect, legislation is pending in Albany that would make such “clean, drain and dry” regulations applicable at all boat launches.

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