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Week of 17 February, 2019
Sunday - 2/17
 FREE Fishing Weekend
https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89821.html
Contact  Bureau of Fisheries - 625 Broadway Albany, NY 12233 - 518-402-8890

As part of Governor Cuomo's NY Open for Fishing and Hunting initiative February 16-17, 2019, has been designated as a free fishing weekend.

The requirement for a fishing license is waived during this period. This is a great opportunity to try ice fishing for the first time or for experienced anglers to take friends ice fishing for the first time.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) encouraged anglers to put safety first when ice fishing. Four inches of solid ice is usually safe for anglers accessing ice on foot. However, ice thickness can vary on waterbodies and even within the same waterbody. Anglers should be particularly wary of areas of moving water and around boat docks and houses where bubblers may be installed to reduce ice buildup.

More info on ice fishing and ice safety >>



 Winter Weekend at Camp Santanoni
http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/94034.html
Contact  David Winchell
Ray Brook Press Office | R5.Info@dec.ny.gov | (518) 897-1200

Winter Weekend events will be held for the sixth consecutive year at Camp Santanoni in the Adirondacks.

Cross-country skiers and snowshoers will have access to the historic camp properties located in the town of Newcomb in Essex County to rest, tour the buildings, and view interpretative displays. Visitors can enjoy the wilderness surroundings while being immersed in the rich cultural history of the Adirondacks.

Reservations are not required. Contact AARCH at 518-834-9328 for more information on the Winter Weekends.



 Proposed Cleanup-Fmr. Klink Cosmo Cleaners (Brooklyn) 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 remedy to address contamination related to the Former Klink Cosmo Cleaners Site (Richardson St., Brooklyn), within New York's State Superfund Program. Public comments about the proposal will be accepted through February 17, 2019.

A public meeting also will be held about the proposal: February 7, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the Cooper Park Community Center, 76 Kingsland Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211.

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to learn about the proposal, the public meeting, and how to comment.

Project documents can be reviewed at:

Brooklyn Public Library - Leonard Branch
81 Devoe Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
phone: 718-486-6006

--and--

Brooklyn Community Board #1
435 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222
phone: 718-389-0009



Monday - 2/18
 Winter Weekend at Camp Santanoni
http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/94034.html
Contact  David Winchell
Ray Brook Press Office | R5.Info@dec.ny.gov | (518) 897-1200

Winter Weekend events will be held for the sixth consecutive year at Camp Santanoni in the Adirondacks.

Cross-country skiers and snowshoers will have access to the historic camp properties located in the town of Newcomb in Essex County to rest, tour the buildings, and view interpretative displays. Visitors can enjoy the wilderness surroundings while being immersed in the rich cultural history of the Adirondacks.

Reservations are not required. Contact AARCH at 518-834-9328 for more information on the Winter Weekends.



Tuesday - 2/19
 Comment End - Draft TMDL for Conesus Lake, Livingston County
http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20190116_not0.html
Contact  Edward Anna, NYS DEC - Division of Water, Bureau of Water Resource Management
625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany NY 12233-3508, E-mail: waterlog@dec.ny.gov

This notice announces the availability of a DRAFT Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) document proposed by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) to address the following waterbody:

Conesus Lake, Livingston County
Conesus Lake is impaired for phosphorus.

States are required by Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act and the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (US EPA) implementing regulations (40CFR Part 130) to develop TMDL plans for waterbodies and pollutants where water quality standards are not being met.

Conesus Lake is one of the Governor's 12 Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Priority Lakes. The HABs Action Plan and the TMDL are aligned. As part of the strategy to alleviate HABs in the Lake, NYS DEC has retained a contractor to develop Aeration and Nutrient Inactivation Plans to be implemented in the Lake.

TMDL Comments can be mailed or e-mailed to the contact listed above by the close of business February 19, 2019.



 Comment End - Draft TMDL for Honeoye Lake, Ontario County
http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20190116_not0.html
Contact  Robert M. Capowski, NYS DEC - Division of Water, Bureau of Water Resource Management
625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany NY 12233-3508, E-mail: waterlog@dec.ny.gov.

This notice announces the availability of a DRAFT Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) document proposed by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) to address the following waterbody:

Honeoye Lake, Ontario County
Honeoye Lake is impaired for phosphorus. 

States are required by Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act and the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (US EPA) implementing regulations (40CFR Part 130) to develop TMDL plans for waterbodies and pollutants where water quality standards are not being met.

Honeoye Lake is one of the New York State Governor's 12 Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Priority Lakes. The HABs Action Plan and the TMDL are aligned. As part of the strategy to alleviate HABs in the Lake, NYS DEC has retained a contractor to develop Aeration and Nutrient Inactivation Plans to be implemented in the Lake.

TMDL Comments can be mailed or e-mailed to the contact listed above by the close of business February 19, 2019.



10:00 AMFive Rivers - Family Fun: Cardboard Carpentry
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: CARDBOARD CARPENTRY 
Cardboard is an incredibly useful material that can be used to build some pretty cool things. Join our center staff to learn about building your own things out of cardboard and help us build a cardboard playhouse for the center! Space is limited; call to register by Saturday, February 16.

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



7:00 PMReinstein Woods: Full Moon Snowshoe Walk
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve
reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Join a guided snowshoe walk along the trails by the light of the full moon. Snowshoe rental: $5/$2 for Friends members. Registration required; call 716-683-5959.



7:30 PMFive Rivers - Outdoor Fun: Moonlit Guided Walk
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 Fun: MOONLIT GUIDED WALK
Experience Five Rivers’ trails by moonlight. Dress for the weather and meet at the visitor center for this winter adventure. Space is limited call to register by noon, Tuesday, February 19. This program will be canceled in the event of inclement weather.

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



Wednesday - 2/20
10:00 AMReinstein Woods: Learn to Cross-Country Ski
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve
reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Learn the basics of cross-country skiing before going on a short guided ski tour. Ski rental: $8/$5 for Friends members Registration required; call 716-683-5959.



1:00 PMFive Rivers - Denali National Park: Science of Sled Dogs
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

Denali National Park: SCIENCE OF SLED DOGS 
Denali sled dogs are specially adapted to survive and thrive in the subarctic. They are not wild animals, but they are not house pets either. Sled dogs and rangers are a team that work together. Join us as we explore the adaptations that make Denali's sled dogs well-suited to living and working in subarctic winter conditions through an interactive lesson with park rangers from Denali National Park. This program is designed for children in grades 3–5, but all are welcome.

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



7:00 PMPublic Meeting - Chevron Former Asphalt Facility (Troy) - Proposed Cleanup
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/2...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

Public Meeting Location: Troy City Hall, 433 River Street, Troy, NY 12180.

DEC invites the public to the meeting to learn about a proposed remedy to address contamination related to the Chevron Former Asphalt Facility Site (Troy, Rensselaer Co.), within New York's State Superfund Program. Public comments about the proposal also are welcome at the meeting, and during a public comment period that runs through March 2, 2019.

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to learn about the proposal, the public meeting, and how to comment.

Project documents can be reviewed at:

Troy Public Library
100 2nd St.
Troy, NY 12180
phone: 518-274-7071



Thursday - 2/21
10:00 AMFive Rivers - Who Are You? Animal Interviews
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

WHO ARE YOU? ANIMAL INTERVIEWS 
Have you ever wondered about our critters here at the education center? Come join us in learning more about these native and non-native non-releasable creatures.

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



2:00 PMFive Rivers - Guided Hike: The Well Traveled Path
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

Guided Hike: THE WELL TRAVELED PATH 
Looking to learn a new trail at Five Rivers? Join a center naturalist as we explore one of our eight major trails on this guided hike. Consensus from the group chooses the trail we walk.

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



6:00 PMPub. Meeting -NM-Hill St. Gloversville MGP Site (Gloversville)-Proposed Cleanup
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/2...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

Public Meeting Location: City Hall of Gloversville, Court Chamber Room, 3 Frontage Rd., Gloversville, NY 12078

DEC invites the public to the meeting to learn about a proposed remedy to address contamination related to the NM-Hill St. Gloversville MGP Site (Gloversville, Fulton Co.), within New York's State Superfund Program. Public comments about the proposal also are welcome at the meeting, and during a public comment period that runs through February 21, 2019.

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to learn about the proposal, the public meeting, and how to comment.

Project documents can be reviewed at:

Gloversville Public Library
58 East Fulton Street
Gloversville, NY 12078
phone: 518-725-2819



Friday - 2/22
9:30 AMFive Rivers - Winter Wonderland at Five Rivers
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

Winter Wonderland at Five Rivers
 9:30 to 4:00 PM
Drop in throughout the day to enjoy some games, winter crafts, and movies (10:00 AM and 3:30 PM), or come to one of our scheduled programs.

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



10:00 AMMeeting regarding Request for Quotes on Tonawanda WMA: Agricultural Opportunity
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/24442.html
Contact  Heidi Kennedy, Bureau of Wildlife
Phone - (585) 948-5182, email - heidi.kennedy@dec.ny.gov

PUBLIC NOTICE REQUEST FOR QUOTES TONAWANDA WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA AGRICULTURAL OPPORTUNITY ON 128 ACRES

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is inviting quotes on 128 acres available for crop production at Tonawanda Wildlife Management Area, located within Niagara, Genesee, and Orleans Counties. Anyone interested in submitting a quote is required to attend a pre-bid meeting to be held February 22nd at 10 A.M. at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, 1101 Casey Road, Basom, NY. All relevant materials will be distributed at the pre-bid meeting, and a site-walk through will follow the meeting. Anyone unable to attend the pre-bid meeting must contact Biologist Heidi Kennedy via email at heidi.kennedy@dec.ny.gov, at (585) 948-5182, or in writing at the address given below to make alternate meeting arrangements as soon as possible.

Please also reply to the above email or phone number if you do plan to attend the pre-bid meeting. Sealed bids will be received by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation at the Region 8 Iroquois Field Office, 1101 Casey Road, Box B, Basom, NY 14013 until 1:00 P.M. local time on March 14, 2019 at which time they will be opened and read and the contract awarded as soon as possible for a three-year lease, with two possible one-year extensions, of 128 crop acres on 4 (four) fields recently in agriculture located within the Wildlife Management Area, owned by the State of New York. Bids shall be submitted in a sealed envelope marked "Tonawanda WMA". Each bid must contain the full name of every person or company interested in same. No bid shall be withdrawn for a period of sixty (60) days after being opened and read.



10:30 AMReinstein Woods: Family Nature Quests
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve
reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

12/28/18, Winter Wildlife - Look for signs of who is out and about in the winter woods, and discover how animals survive the cold. Registration required; call 716-683-5959.

2/22/19, Snowshoe Walk - Join us for a morning snowshoe walk along the trails as we look for signs of wildlife. Snowshoe rental: $5/$2 for Friends members. Registration required; call 716-683-5959.



2:00 PMFive Rivers - Where Do They Go?
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

WHERE DO THEY GO?
In the winter we can put on more layers, have some hot chocolate, and sit by a nice fire to stay warm. But what about wildlife? How do they stay warm and make it through the toughest part of the year? Join our naturalists around a campfire to learn about the amazing ways wildlife survives in the harsh winter months.

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



5:00 PMFive Rivers - Tales and Hot Dogs
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

TALES AND HOT DOGS
Join us by the fire for tantalizing tales as you roast a hot dog and sip hot chocolate. There is a small fee for the food.

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



Saturday - 2/23
10:00 AMFive Rivers - Guided Walk: Winter Walk - Canceled
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

Sorry for the inconvenience program canceled due to staff illness. Visitor Center will be open 9:00 am until 4:30 pm. Trails will be open dawn until dusk.

Guided Walk: WINTER WALK 
Join us for this short walk on some of Five Rivers’ flat trails. Along the way we will look for birds that stay during the colder months and discuss some of their strategies for surviving winter. We will look for tracks and trails of other animals and find out who has been there and what they were doing. Bring binoculars if you have them.

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



2:00 PMFive Rivers - Fascinating Fishers - Canceled
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

Sorry for the inconvenience program canceled due to staff illness. Visitor Center will be open 9:00 am until 4:30 pm. Trails will be open dawn until dusk.

FASCINATING FISHERS
These amazing members of the weasel family are secretive and rarely observed. Find out why they are becoming increasingly common in our local suburbs. Discover what these predators eat and how they live at this indoor presentation. If weather permits, we will head outdoors to discuss what habitat these animals live in and what signs they leave behind.

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



2:30 PMReinstein Woods: Birding 101
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve
reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

1/26/19, CLASS #1
Join us for a bird identification adventure! Learn how to identify common birds and how to properly use binoculars. For adults and children ages 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959.

2/23/19, CLASS #2
Join us for a bird identification adventure. This is a continuation of class #1 in January, but new participants are welcome. For adults and children ages 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959.



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