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Week of 3 March, 2013
Sunday - 3/3
2:00 PMWetland Conservation: What Do We Have to Lose?
http://www.capitalregionaudubon.org
Contact  Capital Region Audubon
518-708-7825

This free public program will explore the diverse wetlands of the Hudson Valley, their economic and environmental values, and why it makes good sense to conserve them for future generations. Following a presentation by Laura Heady of the Hudson River Estuary Program, there will be a short documentary film, "Liquidity: The Value of Wetlands," which was commissioned by the New Paltz Wetlands Protection Advisory Committee and created by Hudson Valley filmmaker Jeanne Vitale. Sponsored by the Audubon Society of the Capital Region and Rensselaer Land Trust.

Location: East Greenbush Public Library, East Greenbush



Monday - 3/4
 Comment Period Ends for Covanta Site Proposed Cleanup Plan (Niagara Falls)
http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/88245.html
Contact  DEC Region 9 Headquarters, 270 Michigan Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 851-7220 email: region9@gw.dec.state.ny.us

DEC is encouraging public comment from January 16, 2013 through March 4, 2013 on a Brownfield Cleanup Program Application and a proposed Remedial Work Plan to address contamination related to the Covanta Niagara Rail-to-Truck Intermodal Facility Site, located in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York.

Click the web link above to access project documents related to the site, and to learn how to submit comments.



6:30 PMPublic Meeting - Cleanup Proposal for Former C&B Dry Cleaners (Jamestown)
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Public Meeting Location: James Prendergast Library, 509 Cherry Street, Jamestown, NY

The public is invited to the meeting to learn about the remedy being proposed by DEC to address contamination related to the Former C&B Dry Cleaners Site (Jamestown, Chautauqua County). Public comments also are welcome at the public meeting, and during a public comment period that runs through March 31, 2013.



 Public Meeting - Cleanup Proposal for Former Roxy Cleaners Site (Delmar)
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Public Meeting Location: Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY 12054.

The public is invited to the meeting to learn about the remedy being proposed by DEC to address contamination related to the Former Roxy Cleaners Site (Delmar, Albany County). Public comments also are welcome at the meeting, and during a public comment period that runs through March 24, 2013.



Tuesday - 3/5
6:30 PMSports License Restructure - Q&A
Contact  Paul McKeown
region9@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Informational Meeting on the sports license fee restructuring.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Ellicottville Memorial Library
6499 Maples
Ellicottville, NY 14731


7:00 PMSewall's Island, City of Watertown, Brownfield Site Public Meeting
Contact  Watertown DEC Headquarters Office
r6info@gw.dec.state.ny.us

A cleanup plan for the Sewall's Island Brownfield Site is being proposed and a public meeting is scheduled at the City of Watertown Common Council Chambers at 245 Washington Street in Watertown, NY


 Public Meeting - Cleanup Proposal for Sewall's Island Site (Watertown)
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Public Meeting Location: City of Watertown Common Council Chambers, 245 Washington Street, Watertown, NY

The public is invited to the public meeting to learn about the remedy being proposed by DEC to address contamination related to the Sewall's Island Site (Watertown). Public comments are welcome at the meeting, and during a public comment period that runs through March 18, 2013.



Wednesday - 3/6
12:30 PMEducator Workshop: Growing Up WILD
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

This program provides early childhood educators with an activity guide featuring 27 field-tested, hands-on, nature-based activities for indoor and outdoor fun. Activities incorporate art, music, reading, math and more. Free activity guides will not be provided at this workshop; participants may purchase their own copies online. For educators of students ages 3-7. Please note: This workshop will be held at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.

Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.



7:00 PMState of Lake Ontario Meetings
http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/89509.html

DEC Training Academy
24 County Route 2A, Pulaski (the former Portly Angler Motel), Oswego County
The meeting is co-hosted by the Eastern Lake Ontario Salmon and Trout Association


Other meetings:

Tuesday, March 19, 2013: 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Building
4487 Lake Avenue
Lockport, Niagara County
The meeting is co-hosted by Niagara County Cooperative Extension and the Niagara County Sportfishery Development Board.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013: 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Carlson Auditorium, in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science building (76-1125) on the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) campus, Rochester, Monroe County
The meeting is co-hosted by RIT and the Monroe County Fishery Advisory Board

The annual State of Lake Ontario public meetings will be held in Oswego, Monroe and Niagara counties during March, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today.

"In recent years, Lake Ontario anglers have experienced outstanding fishing on Lake Ontario and its tributaries, based on DEC's science-based management of the fisheries," said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. "DEC's goal is to maintain Lake Ontario's high-quality angling opportunities and associated economic benefits. The State of Lake Ontario meetings provide an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in the lake to interact with the scientists who study its fisheries."

Lake Ontario and its embayments and tributaries support thriving populations of fish, including a variety of trout and salmon, bass, walleye, yellow perch and panfish. New York's Lake Ontario waters comprise more than 2.7 million acres. A 2007 statewide angler survey estimated more than 2.6 million angler days were spent on Lake Ontario and major tributaries. The estimated value of these fisheries exceeded $112 million to the local New York economy.



 Public Meeting - Cleanup Proposal for 350/352 Liberty Street Site (Newburgh)
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Public Meeting Location: Old Court House, 123 Grand Street, Newburgh, NY

The public is invited to the meeting to learn about the remedy being proposed by DEC to address contamination related to the 350/352 Liberty Street Site (City of Newburgh, Orange County). Public comments also are welcome at the meeting, and during a public comment period that runs through March 31, 2013.



 Public Meeting - Cleanup Proposed for Collins Property Site (Oswegatchie)
Contact  DER, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Public Meeting Location: Town of Oswegatchie Town Hall, 51 State Street, Heuvelton, NY 13654

The public is invited to the public meeting to learn about the remedy being proposed by DEC to address contamination related to the Collins Property Site (Oswegatchie). Public comments also are welcome at the public meeting, and during a public comment period that runs through March 25, 2013.



7:15 PMPublic Meeting - No Further Action Remedy Proposed for Summit Research Labs
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Public Meeting Location: Deerpark Town Hall, 420 Route 209, Huguenot, NY 12746

The public is invited to the meeting to learn about the "no further action" remedy being proposed by DEC related to the Summit Research Labs Inc. Facility (Huguenot, Orange County). Public comments also are welcome at the meeting, and during a public comment period that runs through March 28, 2013.

Note: The alternate date for the meeting in case of inclement weather is March 20, 2013 at the same location.



Thursday - 3/7
12:00 PMDEC Booth at the WNY Sport and Travel Expo
http://www.sportandtravelexpo.com/WNY/Default.aspx
Contact  region9@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Come visit DEC's booth at the WNY Sport and Travel Expo.

Erie County Fairgrounds
Hamburg, NY
Agricenter

Show hours and dates:
Thursday, March 7 - 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday, March 8 - 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 9 - 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 10 - 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


4:30 PMEducator Workshop: Project WILD
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Project WILD is an award-winning environmental education program for teachers and youth leaders. Participants receive a Project WILD Curriculum and Activity Guide with more than 100 lesson plans. For educators of students in grades K-12. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.



 After-School Escape
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Enjoy a one-hour program for kids featuring a different, fun, outdoor activity each week. For children in grades K through 5. No registration required.



7:00 PMPublic Meeting - Cleanup Proposal for NYSEG-Newark MGP Site (Newark)
http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/37556.html
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Public Meeting Location: Newark Village Court, 100 East Miller Street, Newark, NY

The public is invited to the meeting to learn about the remedy being proposed by DEC to address contamination related to the NYSEG-Newark MGP (Manufactured Gas Plant) Site (Newark, Wayne County). Public comments also are welcome at the meeting, and during a public comment period that runs through March 29, 2013.



7:30 PMHudsonia Program on Hudson River Wetlands
Contact  Tivoli Free Library, Watts dePeyster Hall, 86 Broadway Tivoli, NY
845-889-4745x109

Erik Kiviat, PhD, Executive Director of Hudsonia Ltd. will use a power point presentation to illustrate the basic character of the wetlands and the natural and human influences on them. Topics will include the habitats and typical plants and animals of the wetlands, and the implications of change due to sea level rise; ecotourism; management of non-native species; wastewater treatment; and land use.



Friday - 3/8
8:00 AMUrban Forestry Fruits of the Urban Forest Workshop
http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/30859.html
Contact  Division of Lands and Forests
lflands@gw.dec.state.ny.us

This NY ReLeaf workshop will focus on a component of the urban forest that is not often thought abouth - fruit trees!
Credits offered: CNLP - 5.5, ISA - 4.5



12:00 PMDEC Booth at the WNY Sport and Travel Expo
http://www.sportandtravelexpo.com/WNY/Default.aspx
Contact  region9@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Come visit DEC's booth at the WNY Sport and Travel Expo.

Erie County Fairgrounds
Hamburg, NY
Agricenter

Show hours and dates:
Thursday, March 7 - 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday, March 8 - 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 9 - 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 10 - 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


7:30 PMFamily Fun: Winter Astronomy - Rescheduled
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Join us for a close look at seasonal constellations and other heavenly bodies. Center staff will provide a naked-eye overview of the winter sky (binoculars optional), while members of the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers will train telescopes on fascinating deep-sky objects for you to view. Parent(s) and child(ren) must accompany each other. Dress for outdoor fun. The program is free, but space is limited. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register by Wednesday, March 6. In the event of cloud cover, this program will be cancelled.



Saturday - 3/9
 Canada Goose Season Final Day in Western Long Island Goose Area
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28496.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

 Snow Goose Season Final Day in Long Island Waterfowl Zone
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28888.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

10:00 AMDEC Booth at the WNY Sport and Travel Expo
http://www.sportandtravelexpo.com/WNY/Default.aspx
Contact  region9@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Come visit DEC's booth at the WNY Sport and Travel Expo.

Erie County Fairgrounds
Hamburg, NY
Agricenter

Show hours and dates:
Thursday, March 7 - 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday, March 8 - 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 9 - 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 10 - 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


 Early Signs of Spring
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Depending on the weather, some of the first signs of spring happen in early March. Join us as we listen for spring peepers, search for pussy willow buds, and maybe see a mourning cloak butterfly. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.



 Watchable Wildlife: American Kestrel
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

The sight of North America’s smallest falcon—the beautiful American kestrel—hovering above a field in its quest for food is exciting. The bad news is that due to loss of agricultural habitat and natural nesting cavities, these sights are becoming less common. The good news is that we can help. Audubon New York and several partners have launched a campaign to build, place and monitor artificial nest boxes. Come learn about kestrels and what you can do on their behalf. The indoor program will be followed by a walk to kestrel habitat and perhaps some observations of kestrels in action.



1:00 PMBoy Scout Mammal Study Badge
http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma
Contact  Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146
(315) 365-3582

Boy Scouts are invited to complete the requirements for the Mammal Study Badge. Winter is the perfect time of year to study mammals because their tracks can be easily found in the snow. As one of the badge requirements, Scouts will take part in a conservation project that helps improve habitat for mammals as well as other wildlife. Fee: $7/Scout.



2:00 PMSigns of Spring
Contact  Norrie Point Environmental Center, Staatsburg, Dutchess County
845-889-4745x109

On this easy two mile ramble we will use our senses to witness the awakening of the Norrie Point uplands. Spicebush, skunk cabbage, spring peepers, and maybe a mourning cloak butterfly are just a sampling of the signs of spring that we will see, hear, or even smell.



 How To Do It: Snowshoe Outing
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Join us for a beginner’s outing and see how easy it is to stamp out cabin fever. We will start with an indoor presentation to learn about snowshoes and how to walk and turn in them, then head out on the trails to embrace the sights and sounds of winter. In the event of insufficient snow, the program will be conducted on foot. This program is free of charge, but space is limited. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, March 6 to register and reserve snowshoes.



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