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Week of 12 January, 2020
Sunday - 1/12
 Proposed Cleanup - MJW 47 LLC Site (Manhattan) Comment Deadline
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/2...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

DEC invites the public to comment about a proposed expedited cleanup of contamination related to the MJW 47 LLC Site (9th Ave., Manhattan), within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the proposal must be submitted by January 12, 2020.

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to learn about the proposal and how to comment (fact sheet in English y Español).

Project documents can be reviewed online at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/C231106/

And at these locations:

New York Public Library - Columbus Branch
742 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10019
212-586-5098

--and--

Manhattan Community Board 4
330 West 42nd St., 26th Floor
New York, NY 10036
212-736-4536



Monday - 1/13
 Comment End - Amendments to 6 NYCRR 701.13 & 701.14
https://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20191023_not0.html
Contact  Michelle Tompkins, NYS DEC - Division of Water
625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233-3500, Phone: (518) 402-8233, E-mail: WQSrulemakings@dec.ny.gov.

Notice is hereby given that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) filed a Notice of Proposed Rule Making with the New York State Department of State on October 7, 2019 to amend 6 NYCRR 701.13 & 701.14, Clarification of Class I & Class SD Best Usages. The proposed rule making amends 6 NYCRR 701.13 and 701.14 to clarify the intent of the 2015 I/SD Rule Making that the best usages of Class I and Class SD marine surface waters were, and remain, "secondary contact recreation and fishing" and "fishing," respectively.

Public Comment on the Proposed Rule Making

The public comment period commences on October 23, 2019. Written statements may be submitted to: Michelle Tompkins, NYS DEC - Division of Water, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3500, E-mail: WQSrulemakings@dec.ny.gov Written statements must be submitted to the NYS DEC by midnight on January 13, 2020.

Public Hearing

At the public hearing to be held on January 8, 2020, attendees will have an opportunity to make an oral statement and/or file a written statement. 

Public Hearing Time and Location

Date: January 8, 2020
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Address: NYS DEC - Region 2 Office
47-40 21st Street 8th Floor Conference Room 834
Long Island City, NY 11101



Tuesday - 1/14
10:00 AMFive Rivers - Friends of Five Rivers Winter Family Fun Program
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or 5Rivers@dec.ny.gov
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

Outdoor Programs for Preschoolers and Their Caregivers

The Friends of Five Rivers is offering programs at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center for preschoolers (ages 2–4). Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults and children will explore the natural world together for 90 minutes each week during each multi-week session. Each visit features a storybook on a nature topic, followed by an outdoor activity suggested by the book.

Late Fall Session: November and December

Find complete information, including dates, fees, and how to register here.

WHEN: Each session will take place over 3 weeks. Participants may come either on Tuesday or on Wednesday. (Both days will be identical. Please commit to either Tuesday or Wednesday.) Lessons run from 10:00 to 11:30 am. You may sign up for one or for all four seasonal sessions. Participants will receive an e-mail prior to each week's lesson on the topic that will be explored. The e-mails will be a reminder and a picture clue of that week's adventure.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Joanne Macklin, Executive Director at (518)475-0295 or email friendsfiverivers@outlook.com .

Register early as this program fills quickly!



10:30 AMFive Rivers - Friends of Five Rivers Walking Club
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or 5Rivers@dec.ny.gov
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

Would you like to take a walk in nature, but would rather not go alone?

Join the "Walkers' Club" at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center on Tuesday mornings, 9:30 to 10:30 am.

Participants will gather at the Visitor Center and choose which trail they will walk that morning. This is an opportunity to walk with others and make new friends. These walks are not guided or led by staff. Walkers' Club is a free activity.

If you would like to be added to our special "Walkers Club" email list to receive updates, email us at FriendsFiveRivers@outlook.com.



Wednesday - 1/15
10:00 AMReinstein Woods - Senior Stroll
https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Experience nature at your own pace, and enjoy a leisurely guided walk through the woods. For adults only.

Registration required; call 716-683-5959.



1:30 PMFive Rivers: Friends of Five Rivers Guided Walks:Talk 'N' Trek: Nature in Winter
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or 5Rivers@dec.ny.gov
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

Now Offering Guided Walks for Adults
Come Wonder as We Wander Five Rivers

Exploring Winter Activity: Stokes’ Guide to Nature In Winter
Winter is a wonderful time to explore the lives of insects, birds, mammals, mushrooms and weeds.  With Donald W. Stokes’ A Guide to Nature In Winter as our escort, let’s head outdoors to discover life under, in and above the snow.  Each week we will select a chapter and read its general information section, usually 2 to 3 pages, to prepare us for our walk.  Once outside, we will hunt for examples of the subject matter and, once found, delve into its unique characteristics, natural history and finally its identity.
Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy walking shoes/boots, and pack a snack.  Meet at Five Rivers’ Guided School Program Building.
Time:  1:30 -3:00 p.m.
Dates: Wednesdays (January 15, 22, 29 and February 5, 12)
Fee:  $35 for Friends’ Members; $55 for non-members
Registration:  Contact Nancy Conway by email at gsp5rivers@outlook.com.
Maximum Participants:  10 Adults
Deadline for registration:  January 10, 2020

This program fills quickly - register today!



Thursday - 1/16
 Draft Investigation Plan - 250 Water Street Site (Manhattan) Comment EXTENDED
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/2...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED

DEC invites the public to comment about a draft plan to investigate contamination related to 250 Water Street, site ID #C231127 (Manhattan), within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the draft plan will now be accepted through January 16, 2020.

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to learn about the draft plan and how to comment (scroll down under New York County).

Project documents can be reviewed online at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/37550.html (scroll down to New York County)

And at:

New York Public Library
Chatham Square Branch
33 East Broadway
New York, NY 10002

--and--

Manhattan Community Board 1
1 Centre Street
Room 2202 North
New York, NY 10007-7970
(212) 669-7970



Friday - 1/17
 Brownfield Application - Former El Puente Site (Brooklyn) Comment Deadline
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/2...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

DEC has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application for a site known as Former El Puente Site, site ID #C224260. This site is located in the City of Brooklyn within the County of Kings and is located at 98, 100 & 104 South 4th Street. Public comments about the application must be submitted by January 17, 2020.

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to learn about the site and how to comment.

Project documents can be reviewed online at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/C224260/

And at these locations:

Brooklyn Community Board 1
435 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Brooklyn Public Library-Williamsburg
240 Division Ave. at Marcy Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211



 Brownfield Application - Simchah 325 Yonkers LLC Site (Yonkers) Comment Deadline
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/2...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

DEC has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application for a site known as Simchah 325 Yonkers Ave, LLC, site ID #C360184. This site is located in the City of Yonkers within the County of Westchester and is located at 325-397 Yonkers Avenue. Public comments about the application must be submitted by January 17, 2020.

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to learn about the site and how to comment.

Project documents can be reviewed online at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/C360184/

And at this location:

Yonkers Public Library – Riverfront Branch
1 Larkin Center
Yonkers, NY 10701



 Draft Inv. Plan -19, 21, & 23 Academy St. Site (Poughkeepsie) Comment Deadline
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/2...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

DEC invites the public to comment about a draft plan to investigate contamination related to the 19, 21, & 23 Academy Street Site (Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County), within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the draft plan will be accepted through January 17, 2020.

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to learn about the draft plan and how to comment.

Project documents can be reviewed online at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/C314126/

And at:

Poughkeepsie Public Library District
Adriance Memorial Library
93 Market Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
845-485-3445



 Proposed Cleanup - Troy Belting & Supply Co. (Watervliet) Comment Deadline
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/2...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

DEC invites the public to comment about a proposed expedited cleanup of contamination related to the Troy Belting and Supply Co. Site (Watervliet, Albany Co.), within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the proposal will be accepted through January 17, 2020.

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to learn about the site and how to comment.

Project documents can be reviewed online at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/C401067/

And at:

William K. Sanford Town Library
629 Albany Shaker Road
Loudonville, NY 12211
518-458-9274



 2020 Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo
https://niagarafishingexpo.com/
Contact  region9@dec.ny.gov

GREATER NIAGARA FISHING & OUTDOOR EXPO
101 Old Falls St.
Niagara Falls, NY 14303

JANUARY 2020
17, 18, 19

Friday 1 pm – 9 pm
Saturday 9 am – 8 pm
Sunday 9 am – 4 pm

In addition to its annual informational booth at the event, DEC will host abbreviated versions of the fisheries “State of the Lake” meetings for Lake Erie and Lake Ontario that are typically held in March and May. Meetings will feature emerging results about walleye movement, creel survey results, habitat work, prey base, and record catch rates. Key members of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario fisheries management and research community will present information on management and assessment activities for prominent lake and tributary sport fisheries.

Meeting times are:

  • State of Lake Ontario Fisheries meeting – 6-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17
  • State of Lake Erie Fisheries meeting – 7-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17

Billed as a top attraction at this year’s expo, DEC will host a unique “open house” program from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, during which time expo attendees can talk one-on-one with subject matter experts on a variety of the state’s fisheries management topics.



6:00 PMState of the Lakes - 2020 Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo
https://niagarafishingexpo.com/
Contact  region9@dec.ny.gov

GREATER NIAGARA FISHING & OUTDOOR EXPO
101 Old Falls St.
Niagara Falls, NY 14303

JANUARY 2020
17, 18, 19

Friday 1 pm – 9 pm
Saturday 9 am – 8 pm
Sunday 9 am – 4 pm

In addition to its annual informational booth at the event, DEC will host abbreviated versions of the fisheries “State of the Lake” meetings for Lake Erie and Lake Ontario that are typically held in March and May. Meetings will feature emerging results about walleye movement, creel survey results, habitat work, prey base, and record catch rates. Key members of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario fisheries management and research community will present information on management and assessment activities for prominent lake and tributary sport fisheries.

Meeting times are:

  • State of Lake Ontario Fisheries meeting – 6-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17
  • State of Lake Erie Fisheries meeting – 7-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17

Billed as a top attraction at this year’s expo, DEC will host a unique “open house” program from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, during which time expo attendees can talk one-on-one with subject matter experts on a variety of the state’s fisheries management topics.



Saturday - 1/18
 2020 Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo
https://niagarafishingexpo.com/
Contact  region9@dec.ny.gov

GREATER NIAGARA FISHING & OUTDOOR EXPO
101 Old Falls St.
Niagara Falls, NY 14303

JANUARY 2020
17, 18, 19

Friday 1 pm – 9 pm
Saturday 9 am – 8 pm
Sunday 9 am – 4 pm

In addition to its annual informational booth at the event, DEC will host abbreviated versions of the fisheries “State of the Lake” meetings for Lake Erie and Lake Ontario that are typically held in March and May. Meetings will feature emerging results about walleye movement, creel survey results, habitat work, prey base, and record catch rates. Key members of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario fisheries management and research community will present information on management and assessment activities for prominent lake and tributary sport fisheries.

Meeting times are:

  • State of Lake Ontario Fisheries meeting – 6-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17
  • State of Lake Erie Fisheries meeting – 7-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17

Billed as a top attraction at this year’s expo, DEC will host a unique “open house” program from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, during which time expo attendees can talk one-on-one with subject matter experts on a variety of the state’s fisheries management topics.



 Brownfield App - Riverview Innov. & Tech. Campus (T. Tonawanda) Comment Deadline
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/2...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

DEC has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application for a site known as Riverview Innovation and Technology Campus, site ID #C915353. This site is located in the Town of Tonawanda, within the County of Erie, and is located at 3875 River Road. Public comments about the application must be submitted by January 18, 2020.

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to learn about the site and how to comment.

Project documents can be reviewed online at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/C915353/

And at these locations:

Kenmore Branch Library
160 Delaware Road
Kenmore, NY, 14217

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library
One Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY 14203



 Draft Inv. Plan - Huntley Power South Parcel (Tonawanda) Comment Deadline
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/2...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

DEC invites the public to comment about a draft plan to investigate contamination related to the Huntley Power South Parcel Site #C915337 (Tonawanda, Erie County), within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the draft plan will be accepted through January 18, 2020.

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to learn about the draft plan and how to comment.

Project documents can be reviewed online at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/C915337/

And at:

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library -
Riverside Branch
820 Tonawanda Street
Buffalo, NY 14207
716-875-0562



10:00 AMFive Rivers - Family Fun Community Science: Holiday Bird Count for Kids
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or 5Rivers@dec.ny.gov
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

Family Fun Community Science: HOLIDAY BIRD COUNT FOR KIDS

In late December and early January, birders across North, Central, and South America will be going afield to participate in the 120th annual Christmas Bird Count. At Five Rivers, young birders and their families are invited to participate in our Holiday Bird Count for Kids, a less rigorous version of the original. Sign up as a family or a group. We will provide the bird walk leaders. We’ll begin with a “binocular boot camp,” then send you out to count birds. We’ll reconvene at the Visitor Center to compile our sightings, swap stories, and warm up with hot cocoa. Call Five Rivers by Monday, January 13, to register. A limited supply of binoculars will be available for those who do not have their own.

NOTE: Organized groups (scouts, schools, hiking clubs, etc.) are welcome, but are asked to call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register.



 Reinstein Woods: Volunteer Open House
https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

In honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, stop in and explore volunteering at Reinstein Woods.

Experienced volunteers will discuss their volunteer jobs and share how they got involved. We'll even have some simple activities (like stuffing envelopes or counting birds) for people who want to start volunteering that day!

No registration required.



11:00 AMReinstein Woods: Woods Walk - Tracks in the Snow
https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Join a guided nature walk and learn how trees survive the winter season. No registration required.



 DEC Open House - 2020 Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo
https://niagarafishingexpo.com/
Contact  region9@dec.ny.gov

GREATER NIAGARA FISHING & OUTDOOR EXPO
101 Old Falls St.
Niagara Falls, NY 14303

JANUARY 2020
17, 18, 19

Friday 1 pm – 9 pm
Saturday 9 am – 8 pm
Sunday 9 am – 4 pm

In addition to its annual informational booth at the event, DEC will host abbreviated versions of the fisheries “State of the Lake” meetings for Lake Erie and Lake Ontario that are typically held in March and May. Meetings will feature emerging results about walleye movement, creel survey results, habitat work, prey base, and record catch rates. Key members of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario fisheries management and research community will present information on management and assessment activities for prominent lake and tributary sport fisheries.

Meeting times are:

  • State of Lake Ontario Fisheries meeting – 6-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17
  • State of Lake Erie Fisheries meeting – 7-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17

Billed as a top attraction at this year’s expo, DEC will host a unique “open house” program from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, during which time expo attendees can talk one-on-one with subject matter experts on a variety of the state’s fisheries management topics.



1:00 PMReinstein Woods: New Volunteer Orientation
https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

If you want to become a volunteer at Reinstein Woods, this program is for you! All new volunteers are required to attend an orientation session. You can also submit your volunteer application at this time. Must be 18 years or older to volunteer, or have a parent/guardian volunteer with you.

Registration required; call 716-683-5959.



2:30 PMFive Rivers - Cardinals and Coffee
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or 5Rivers@dec.ny.gov
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

CARDINALS AND COFFEE
Do you look out at your bird feeders and wonder what the names of those winter birds are? Stop in for a casual discussion and to look out at Five Rivers’ bird feeders. We’ll discuss tips for identifying our hardy winter residents. Coffee and tea as well as a limited number of binoculars will be available.

NOTE: Organized groups (scouts, schools, hiking clubs, etc.) are welcome, but are asked to call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register.



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