New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

There is growing concern in the Hudson Valley about the main water source for Kingston and whether it should be bottled. And today, New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation designated a lead agency for an environmental review process of the proposal. At least one group is disappointed in the decision.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A Hudson Valley newspaper and eight Dutchess County legislators are calling on the DEC to release results of an oil spill drill last year.

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A proposal from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to force the closure of Indian Point during periods of the summer season to cut down on fish kills is the subject of public hearings Tuesday in Westchester County. Both sides say they want to protect the Hudson River, but the methods differ.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that it will reopen a review of an Adirondack management plan to study the feasibility of converting a rail corridor for recreational use.

Hudson Valley Trails Open on National Trails Day

Jun 7, 2014
Catskill Mountain Club

Two new hiking trails open Saturday – one in Ulster County, another in Delaware County -- in recognition of National Trails Day.

Flooding Task Force Issues Findings For Kingston

Nov 20, 2013
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A task force has come up with recommendations for the city of Kingston, New York on how to develop an action plan to make the city’s waterfront more resilient in the face of future storms.

Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo appointed the Waterfront Flooding Task Force in December 2012 to study and recommend actions in response to severe flooding on the Rondout and Hudson River waterfront from Hurricanes Sandy and Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. He says the following has emerged.

Riverkeeper Critical Of DEC-DEP Consent Order

Oct 14, 2013
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KINGSTON – The consent order between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection that regulates release of turbid water has come under fire by the Hudson Riverkeeper organization.

The consent order, released earlier this month, seeks to regulate turbid discharges of water from the Ashokan Reservoir into the Lower Esopus Creek. But, Riverkeeper Paul Gallay said the document does not go far enough and allows the DEP to continue high volume releases in the short- and long-term.

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An environmental group in the Hudson Valley has put the New York State Thruway Authority on notice concerning two alleged violations during construction of the replacement Tappan Zee Bridge.  One allegation involves monitoring an endangered fish species.

Westchester County-based Riverkeeper recently filed a notice of intent to sue the state Thruway Authority, Tappan Zee Constructors, and one of the contractors under the Clean Water Act. Here’s Riverkeeper’s Hudson River Program Director Phillip Musegaas.

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A long-awaited agreement between the New York State Department of Environmental and New York City Department of Environmental Protection has been signed.

WAMC/Allison Dunne

A pedestrian bridge in New York has a new sign unveiled this week featuring real-time data about the Hudson River. Officials say the information will provide some useful facts to visitors while scientists monitor the river’s changing conditions.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced an agreement with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection to reduce the impact of discharges into an Ulster County water body. The consent order awaits the signature of a New York City official before going into effect.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced an agreement with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection to reduce the impact of discharges into an Ulster County creek.  The much anticipated consent order comes amid high tension over watershed issues.

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A New York Congressman whose district includes the West-of-the-Hudson New York City watershed is weighing in on draft revisions to the city’s waiver from filtering drinking water. 

NYS DEC Proposes Reclassification Of Catskills Land

Sep 17, 2013
Doug Kerr, flickr

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has a proposal to reclassify forest preserve lands in the Catskill Park, and there’s a public meeting tonight.

August Is Prime For Bats Getting Inside Homes

Aug 19, 2013
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

August is generally the busiest month of the year when it comes to bats making their way inside homes. This year, it’s extra busy in one Hudson Valley county, while in another, they’re seeing more residents in need of rabies treatments.

Environmental Groups Sue NYS DEC Over Dairy Farm Rule

Jul 30, 2013
WAMC

A coalition of environmental groups is suing the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation over dairy farm regulations intended to boost milk production. The New York Farm Bureau says the groups are going too far.

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Two environmental groups are calling on New York State officials to better implement a sewage pollution notification law. State officials, meanwhile, say they are implementing the law in phases.

Riverkeeper and Citizens Campaign for the Environment are calling on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to fully implement a law passed during the 2012 legislative session. Tracy Brown is a water quality advocate for Westchester-based Riverkeeper.

Public Hearing On Belleayre Projects Draws Hundreds

May 30, 2013
WAMC/Allison Dunne

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation held a public hearing Wednesday at the Belleayre Ski Center in the Catskills. The hearing, which attracted a few hundred people, focused on two proposals and their cumulative impacts.

NYS DEC Extends Comment Period For Belleayre Proposals

May 25, 2013
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New York state environmental regulators have extended the comment period for two Belleayre Mountain projects.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation wants hikers to stay off trails in the high peaks of the Adirondacks.

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A national environmental action group is sending a letter to New York state environmental regulators. An attorney for the group says more time is needed to comment on a modified proposal of The Belleayre Resort and plans for the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center.

Ashokan Watershed Conference Looks At Resilience

Apr 27, 2013
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An annual conference in New York’s Ulster County takes place Saturday. Presenters will speak about how to maintain healthy watershed communities and streams.

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KINGSTON – The City of Kingston Flooding Task Force, which was created to address waterfront flooding and sea level rise, continues to look at alternatives and suggestions to avoid flooding in the future.

The group will eventually develop recommendations to prevent waterfront flooding now and into the future, said Gregg Swanzey, the city’s economic development director.

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The public has about two months to submit comments on a modified proposal of the Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park; plans for the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center; and cumulative impacts of both.

WAMC/Allison Dunne

About 50 protestors gathered this morning near a water pipeline construction site in New York’s Orange County. They say the pipeline should not be going in the ground without permits in place for a larger project.

Scott Darling/Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

With nearly 90 percent declines in some species of bats due to White Nose Syndrome, scientists in the Northeast conducted an experiment this winter aimed at finding alternative strategies to save infected bats.

New York State Thruway Authority

New York State has reached an agreement with two Hudson Valley environmental groups on a Department of Environmental Conservation permit needed for constructing the replacement Tappan Zee Bridge. The agreement also gives the groups a seat at the table in monitoring the construction.

The environmental permit is one of the last certifications the state needs to move forward with construction, and those involved with the project say it’s critical. Brian Conybeare is special advisor to Governor Andrew Cuomo for the New NY Bridge Project.

Former NYS DEC Commissioner to Head Audubon NY

Mar 16, 2013
Audubon New York

A former New York State Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner has been tapped to lead Audubon New York.

NYS DEC Proposes Self-Audit Policy

Feb 27, 2013
gliuoo, flicker

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has released for public comment a policy designed to encourage businesses to audit themselves, and voluntarily report any problems to the DEC. The goal is prevent pollution and improve compliance with environmental laws.

New York State Thruway Authority

The comment period has ended for a draft environmental permit for construction of the replacement Tappan Zee Bridge. At least one environmental group is raising a number of concerns with the draft permit, while state officials maintain the permit has strict requirements.

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