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Week of 24 February, 2019
Sunday - 2/24
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Monday - 2/25
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Tuesday - 2/26
10:00 AMFive Rivers - Spring 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

WHO: Programs are for adults and pre-school children.

WHAT: Adults (parent, grandparent, or guardian) and children (ages 2-4) together will take part in exploring the natural world during different seasons of the year. Each 1 ½ hour session will begin with the sharing of a story book on a nature topic. Participants will take part in an outdoor activity that is suggested by the book. After their guided walk, they will return indoors to take part in a craft or take-home project.

WHEN: Each session will take place over a 4 week period. Participants may come either on Tuesday or on Wednesday. (Both days will be identical. Please commit to either Tuesday or Wednesday.) Sessions run from 10:00 to 11:30 am. You may sign up for as many sessions as you like.

EXTRA: Participants will keep an age-appropriate record of their nature adventures and will be sent an e-mail before each meeting day. The e-mails will be a reminder and a picture clue of what that week's adventure will be.

COST: 4 week Session: Basic session fee = $25.00 + Material fee per child per session of $10.00

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



2:00 PMPublic Meeting - NESE Project Permit Application
http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20190130_not2.html
Contact  Karen Gaidasz, Division of Environmental Permits
NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-1750, Phone: (518) 402-9167, Fax: (518) 402-9168

The Northeast Supply Enhancement Project (NESE Project) is a 26-inch diameter pipeline proposed by Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company LLC (Transco) that would transport natural gas from Pennsylvania through New Jersey, travelling underwater in the Raritan Bay and Lower New York Bay to approximately three miles offshore of the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens Borough. Approximately 23.5 miles of underwater pipeline will be installed, of which approximately 17.4 miles would be in New York State waters.

Public Comment Hearing:

Pursuant to 6 NYCRR 621.8, a public comment hearing for the receipt of public comments on the permit applications will be held on Tuesday February 26, 2019 at the following location:

Bay Ridge Manor House
476 76th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 748-8855

There will be two sessions for comment, one session will begin at 2:00 p.m. and the second session will begin at 6:00 p.m.

All persons, organizations, corporations, or government agencies which may be affected by the proposed project are invited to attend the hearing and to submit oral or written comments. It is not necessary to notify NYS DEC in advance to speak at the public comment hearing. Equal weight will be afforded to both oral and written statements. Lengthy statements should be in writing and summarized for oral presentation. The presiding Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) may set reasonable time limits for each speaker to afford everyone an opportunity to be heard. The hearings are fully accessible to persons with a mobility impairment. Interpreter services will be made available to the hearing impaired at no charge upon written request to Molly T. McBride, ALJ, NYS DEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233, Phone: (518) 402-9003 no less than one week prior to the hearing.

Individuals and parties may file written comments to the NYS DEC representative listed above or may submit comments electronically at NESEproject@dec.ny.gov.



6:00 PMPublic Meeting - NESE Project Permit Application
http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20190130_not2.html
Contact  Karen Gaidasz, Division of Environmental Permits
NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-1750, Phone: (518) 402-9167, Fax: (518) 402-9168

The Northeast Supply Enhancement Project (NESE Project) is a 26-inch diameter pipeline proposed by Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company LLC (Transco) that would transport natural gas from Pennsylvania through New Jersey, travelling underwater in the Raritan Bay and Lower New York Bay to approximately three miles offshore of the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens Borough. Approximately 23.5 miles of underwater pipeline will be installed, of which approximately 17.4 miles would be in New York State waters.

Public Comment Hearing:

Pursuant to 6 NYCRR 621.8, a public comment hearing for the receipt of public comments on the permit applications will be held on Tuesday February 26, 2019 at the following location:

Bay Ridge Manor House
476 76th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 748-8855

There will be two sessions for comment, one session will begin at 2:00 p.m. and the second session will begin at 6:00 p.m.

All persons, organizations, corporations, or government agencies which may be affected by the proposed project are invited to attend the hearing and to submit oral or written comments. It is not necessary to notify NYS DEC in advance to speak at the public comment hearing. Equal weight will be afforded to both oral and written statements. Lengthy statements should be in writing and summarized for oral presentation. The presiding Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) may set reasonable time limits for each speaker to afford everyone an opportunity to be heard. The hearings are fully accessible to persons with a mobility impairment. Interpreter services will be made available to the hearing impaired at no charge upon written request to Molly T. McBride, ALJ, NYS DEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233, Phone: (518) 402-9003 no less than one week prior to the hearing.

Individuals and parties may file written comments to the NYS DEC representative listed above or may submit comments electronically at NESEproject@dec.ny.gov.



 Public Meeting-Robert Moses Parkway South Site (Niagara Falls)-Proposed Cleanup
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/2...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

Meeting Location: De Veaux Woods State Park Office Building, Room 104, 3180 De Veaux Woods Drive East, Niagara Falls, NY 14305

DEC invites the public to the meeting to learn about a proposal to address contamination related to the Robert Moses Parkway South Site (Niagara Falls, Niagara Co.), within New York's State Superfund Program. Public comments also are welcome at the meeting, and during a public comment period that runs through March 8, 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:

De Veaux Woods State Park
3180 De Veaux Woods Drive East
Niagara Falls, NY 14305



7:00 PM480a Forest Tax Law Stakeholder Meeting at Finger Lakes Community College
Contact  Bureau of Forest Resource Management
bslmregs@dec.ny.gov

DEC Lands and Forests staff will be meeting with stakeholders to discuss proposed regulation changes to the 480-a Forest Tax Law in several events across the state. These events are open to the public. 

The February 26th meeting will be held at:
Finger Lakes Community College
Room 2185, Stage 14
3325 Marvin Sands Drive
Canandaigua, NY 14424


 Public Meeting - Fmr. Aluminum Louvre Site (Old Bethpage) - Proposed Cleanup
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/2...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

Meeting Location: Farmingdale Public Library, 116 Merritts Road, Farmingdale, NY 11735

DEC invites the public to the meeting to learn about a proposed remedy to address contaminated groundwater related to the Former Aluminum Louvre Corp. Site (Old Bethpage, Nassau Co.), within New York's State Superfund Program. Public comments also are welcome at the meeting, and during a public comment period that runs through March 18, 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:

Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library
999 Old Country Road
Plainview, NY 11803
phone: 516-938-0077

--and--

Farmingdale Public Library (Proposed Remedy document only)
116 Merritts Road
Farmingdale, NY 11735
phone: 516-249-9090



Wednesday - 2/27
10:00 AMFive Rivers - Spring 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

WHO: Programs are for adults and pre-school children.

WHAT: Adults (parent, grandparent, or guardian) and children (ages 2-4) together will take part in exploring the natural world during different seasons of the year. Each 1 ½ hour session will begin with the sharing of a story book on a nature topic. Participants will take part in an outdoor activity that is suggested by the book. After their guided walk, they will return indoors to take part in a craft or take-home project.

WHEN: Each session will take place over a 4 week period. Participants may come either on Tuesday or on Wednesday. (Both days will be identical. Please commit to either Tuesday or Wednesday.) Sessions run from 10:00 to 11:30 am. You may sign up for as many sessions as you like.

EXTRA: Participants will keep an age-appropriate record of their nature adventures and will be sent an e-mail before each meeting day. The e-mails will be a reminder and a picture clue of what that week's adventure will be.

COST: 4 week Session: Basic session fee = $25.00 + Material fee per child per session of $10.00

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



5:30 PMPublic Meeting - Revision to the UMP for the Pepperbox Wilderness
https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/51342.html
Contact  Matt Nowak, NYS DEC, Division of Lands and Forests
Phone: (315) 376-3521, E-mail: r6.ump@dec.ny.gov
Location  NYSDEC Region 6 Lowville Suboffice, 7327 St Rt 812 Lowville, NY 13367 - Map

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) is asking the public for input prior to developing a revision to the Pepperbox Wilderness Unit Management Plan (UMP). The wilderness is comprised of approximately 22,560 acres in in the western Adirondack foothills in the Town of Watson in Lewis County, New York, and the Town of Webb in Herkimer County, New York. The area is scattered with numerous small ponds, streams and wetland systems. 

An informational meeting will be held to solicit public feedback on the development of the UMP on February 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the following location:

NYS DEC
Region 6 Lowville Sub Office
7327 State Route 812
Lowville, NY 13367.

Written comments are also welcome and will be accepted, by mail or e-mail, by the contact person listed above from February 27, 2019 through April 11, 2019. Additionally, an online survey is available for the public to provide input.



6:00 PM480-a Forest Tax Law Stakeholder Meeting at Concord Town Hall
Contact  Bureau of Forest Resource Management
bslmregs@dec.ny.gov

DEC Lands and Forests staff will be meeting with stakeholders to discuss proposed regulation changes to the 480-a Forest Tax Law in several events across the state. These events are open to the public.

This February 27th meeting will be held at:
Concord Town Hall
86 Franklin Street
Springville, NY 14141



Thursday - 2/28
 Draft Inv. Plan - Former Wollensack Optical Site (Rochester) 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 Former Wollensack Optical Site (Rochester, Monroe Co.), within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the draft plan will be accepted through February 28, 2019.

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

Project documents can be reviewed at:

Phillis Wheatley Library
33 Dr. Samuel McCree Way
Rochester, NY 14608
phone: 585-428-8212



 Proposed 2020 Regulations for Great Lakes Fishing Comment Deadline
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/115977.html
Contact  Steve LaPan, Great Lakes Fisheries Section Head
regulations.fish@dec.ny.gov

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is seeking angler feedback on proposed fishing regulation changes for New York’s Great Lakes. The proposed changes are designed to safeguard and expand certain fish populations while also enhancing anglers’ continued enjoyment of one of the state’s premier fisheries.

Potential regulation changes include:

  • extending the open season for lake trout and decreasing the daily creel limit for rainbow trout/steelhead on Lake Ontario and the Lower Niagara River;
  • decreasing the brown trout daily creel limit and increasing the minimum size limit for rainbow trout/steelhead on Lake Ontario tributaries; and
  • eliminating a special Lake Erie tributary regulation now deemed unnecessary in a continuing effort to simplify New York fishing regulations.

Following a review of public comments received and further evaluation this winter, DEC may advance these proposals for formal adoption in 2020. DEC welcomes and encourages feedback on the regulation changes currently under consideration.



Friday - 3/1
 Brownfield App.&Inv. Plan - Quuens Animal Shelter Site (Queens) 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 and Draft Remedial Investigation Work Plan from Animal Care and Control of New York City, Inc. for a site known as Queens Animal Shelter and Care Center, site ID #C241230. This site is located in the Ridgewood neighborhood within the County of Queens and is located at 151 Woodward Avenue. Public comments about the application and draft work plan must be submitted by March 1, 2019.

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

A copy of the application, and Draft Remedial Action Work Plan and other relevant documents are available at:

Queens Library at Ridgewood
20-12 Madison St.
Ridgewood, NY 11385

--and--

Queens Community Board 5
61-23 Myrtle Ave.
Glendale, NY 11385



 Prop. Cleanup-NM-Hill St. Gloversville MGP Site (Gloversville) 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 NM-Hill St. Gloversville Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) Site (Gloversville, Fulton Co.), within New York's State Superfund Program. Public comments about the proposal will be accepted through March 1, 2019.

A public meeting also will be held: February 21, 2019 at 6:00 PM at City Hall of Gloversville, Court Chambers Room, 3 Frontage Rd., Gloversville, NY 12078

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

Project documents can be reviewed at:

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



5:00 PMComment End - NESE Project Permit Application
http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20190130_not2.html
Contact  Karen Gaidasz, Division of Environmental Permits
NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-1750, Phone: (518) 402-9167, Fax: (518) 402-9168

The Northeast Supply Enhancement Project (NESE Project) is a 26-inch diameter pipeline proposed by Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company LLC (Transco) that would transport natural gas from Pennsylvania through New Jersey, travelling underwater in the Raritan Bay and Lower New York Bay to approximately three miles offshore of the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens Borough. Approximately 23.5 miles of underwater pipeline will be installed, of which approximately 17.4 miles would be in New York State waters.

Individuals and parties may file written comments to the NYS DEC representative listed above or may submit comments electronically at NESEproject@dec.ny.gov.



Saturday - 3/2
 Proposed Cleanup - Chevron Fmr. Asphalt Facility (Troy) 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 Chevron Former Asphalt Facility Site (Troy, Rensselaer Co.), within New York's State Superfund Program. Public comments about the proposal will be accepted through March 2, 2019.

A public meeting also will be held: February 20, 2019 at 7:00 PM at Troy City Hall, 433 River Street, Troy, NY 12180.

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



10:00 AMFive Rivers - Family Fun: Dr. Seuss Read-A-Thon
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: DR. SEUSS READ-A-THON
It’s time for our annual celebration of all creatures strange and silly! Join us as we mark Read Across America Day with selections of favorite books by Dr. Seuss. Create a Seuss-themed craft and watch for an appearance by The Cat in the Hat himself.

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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