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Week of 20 August, 2017
Sunday - 8/20
 Proposed Cleanup - Steel Treaters, Inc. Site (Troy) Public Comment Deadline
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/1...
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 Steel Treaters, Inc. Site (Troy, Rensselaer Co.), within New York's Voluntary Cleanup Program. Public comments about the proposal will be accepted through August 20, 2017.

To learn about the proposal and how to comment, click the web link above at "Additional Information".

Project documents can be reviewed at: Troy Public Library, 100 Second Street, Troy, NY 12180; phone: 518-274-7071.



Monday - 8/21
 Comment Deadline- Repeal 6 NYCRR Pt 500 & Amend/Repeal References to Pts 750-758
http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20170705_not0.html
Contact  Michelle Tompkins, NYS DEC - Division of Water
625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-3500, Phone: (518) 402-8221, E-mail: Michelle.Tompkins@dec.ny.gov

NYS DEC has filed a Notice of Proposed Rule Making to repeal 6 NYCRR Part 500 - Floodplain Management Regulations Development Permits. The statutory authority for Part 500, which came from Environmental Conservation Law Article 36, was repealed by the Legislature in 1992. Part 500 has not been in effect since 1992 and should not appear in NYS DEC's regulations. NYS DEC is proposing to remove it from its regulations to avoid confusing the public.

This rule would also amend citations to 6 NYCRR Parts 750-758 - State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. Parts 750-758 were repealed in 2003 and consolidated into a new Part 750.

Written comments on the proposed rulemaking will be accepted until August 21, 2017. Please submit comments to Michelle Tompkins at the address above.

 
 
 



 Proposed Cleanup - Dzus Fastener Site (West Islip) Public Comment Deadline
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/1...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

DEC invites the public to comment about a proposed plan to address contamination related to the Willetts Creek Wetland Areas portion of the Dzus Fastener Co., Inc. Site (West Islip, Suffolk Co.), within New York's State Superfund Program. Public comments about the proposed plan will be accepted through August 21, 2017.

A public meeting also has been scheduled to discuss the proposed plan: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 7:00PM at the West Islip Public Library, 3 Higbie Lane, West Islip, NY.

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

Project documents can be reviewed at the West Islip Library at the location identified above, attention: Donna MacGilvray; phone: 631-661-7080.



1:00 PMPublic Hearing -SIP Revisions to Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards
http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20170719_not0.html
Contact  Scott Wajda-Griffin, NYS DEC - Division of Air Resources
625 Broadway, 11th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3251, Phone: (518) 402-8396, or by e-mail to: dar.sips@dec.ny.gov.
Location  NYSDEC Region 2 Offices, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101 - Map

Revisions to the New York State Implementation Plan for the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards pertaining to the New York-N. New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-CT Nonattainment Area

A hearing for the proposed SIP revisions described above will be held as follows and is scheduled in a location that is reasonably accessible to persons with impaired mobility:

Date: August 21, 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: NYS DEC - Region 2 Office
1 Hunters Point Plaza
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, NY 11101

Written comments should be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on August 28, 2017 to the contact listed above. 



Tuesday - 8/22
9:00 AMFive Rivers: Living Environment Teacher Institute - Wild about Wetlands
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

Five Rivers Living Environment Teacher Institute: Wild about Wetlands

Dates: Tues., August 22 – Thurs., August 24, 2017

Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, with an evening program on Wednesday (light dinner provided)

Location: Five Rivers Environmental Education Center

Cost: $50.00 for resources, refreshments and transportation

To register or for more information, call 518-475-0291 or email 5Rivers@dec.ny.gov

Join in this summer’s Living Environment Institute (LEI), Wild about Wetlands, as we explore these varied and sometimes highly specialized habitats. Wetlands are accessible to teachers and educators throughout New York State. They include river shores, vernal pools, swamps, streams, salt marshes and more. We’ll view wetlands across disciplines, seeking to use them as a catalyst for student interest and learning. Chris Bowser, recipient of U.S. EPA’s Environmental Quality Award, will join staff from Five Rivers Environmental Education Center to lead investigations of a variety of wetland habitats. During a field experience, LEI participants will learn first-hand why his programs in the Hudson River watershed engage thousands of New York students and hundreds of educators annually. Bring home valuable ideas, standards-based curriculum and activities, and connect with a network of peers.

Visit www.dec.ny.gov/education/1905.html for more information.



10:00 AMJoint Meeting of the NY Invasives Species Council & Advisory Committee
http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20170816_not0.html
Contact  Kathleen Moser, NYS DEC - Office of Natural Resources
625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233, Phone: (518) 402-8533
Location  NYSDEC Central Office, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY - Map

There will be a meeting on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Headquarters, 625 Broadway in Room PA 129 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. of the Joint New York Invasive Species Council and Invasive Species Advisory Committee.

The agenda includes three programmatic discussion items followed by a workshop to elicit input for the development of a comprehensive management plan.



Wednesday - 8/23
9:00 AMFive Rivers: Living Environment Teacher Institute - Wild about Wetlands
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

Five Rivers Living Environment Teacher Institute: Wild about Wetlands

Dates: Tues., August 22 – Thurs., August 24, 2017

Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, with an evening program on Wednesday (light dinner provided)

Location: Five Rivers Environmental Education Center

Cost: $50.00 for resources, refreshments and transportation

To register or for more information, call 518-475-0291 or email 5Rivers@dec.ny.gov

Join in this summer’s Living Environment Institute (LEI), Wild about Wetlands, as we explore these varied and sometimes highly specialized habitats. Wetlands are accessible to teachers and educators throughout New York State. They include river shores, vernal pools, swamps, streams, salt marshes and more. We’ll view wetlands across disciplines, seeking to use them as a catalyst for student interest and learning. Chris Bowser, recipient of U.S. EPA’s Environmental Quality Award, will join staff from Five Rivers Environmental Education Center to lead investigations of a variety of wetland habitats. During a field experience, LEI participants will learn first-hand why his programs in the Hudson River watershed engage thousands of New York students and hundreds of educators annually. Bring home valuable ideas, standards-based curriculum and activities, and connect with a network of peers.

Visit www.dec.ny.gov/education/1905.html for more information.



10:30 AMReinstein Woods: Senior Stroll
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov; (716) 683-5959
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. Bring a lunch if you want to eat outdoors after the tour. For adults only. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.



6:00 PMMeeting on Canadaway Creek WMA and Kabob WMA Habitat Mgt Plans - Stockton, NY
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
yfwildlife@dec.ny.gov

NYSDEC will host a public availability session to provide information on two recently finalized habitat management plans: Canadaway Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) located in the Town of Arkwright, and Kabob WMA located in the Town of Stockton, both in Chautauqua County.

Come join us to learn about the goals of the plans and future management at these WMAs. The meeting will include a presentation and time for questions. An open house will begin at 6:00 and a formal presentation at 6:30. The Canadaway Creek plan can be viewed at Canadaway Creek WMA webpage and the Kabob plan at Kabob WMA webpage.

Meeting Location:
Stockton Fire Hall
28 Route 380
Stockton, NY 14784

For more information, contact Greg Ecker at 716-851-7010.



6:30 PMReinstein Woods: Bird Walk for Kids
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov; (716) 683-5959
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Take a walk to look for birds by the ponds and in the woods. Parent or caregiver must accompany child. For children ages 8-12. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.



Thursday - 8/24
9:00 AMFive Rivers: Living Environment Teacher Institute - Wild about Wetlands
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

Five Rivers Living Environment Teacher Institute: Wild about Wetlands

Dates: Tues., August 22 – Thurs., August 24, 2017

Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, with an evening program on Wednesday (light dinner provided)

Location: Five Rivers Environmental Education Center

Cost: $50.00 for resources, refreshments and transportation

To register or for more information, call 518-475-0291 or email 5Rivers@dec.ny.gov

Join in this summer’s Living Environment Institute (LEI), Wild about Wetlands, as we explore these varied and sometimes highly specialized habitats. Wetlands are accessible to teachers and educators throughout New York State. They include river shores, vernal pools, swamps, streams, salt marshes and more. We’ll view wetlands across disciplines, seeking to use them as a catalyst for student interest and learning. Chris Bowser, recipient of U.S. EPA’s Environmental Quality Award, will join staff from Five Rivers Environmental Education Center to lead investigations of a variety of wetland habitats. During a field experience, LEI participants will learn first-hand why his programs in the Hudson River watershed engage thousands of New York students and hundreds of educators annually. Bring home valuable ideas, standards-based curriculum and activities, and connect with a network of peers.

Visit www.dec.ny.gov/education/1905.html for more information.



1:00 PMFive Rivers: Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP)
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

Date/Time: Thursdays, June 1 through October 12, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM

Citizen Science: Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP)

Take part in ongoing research on monarch butterflies. For more than 15 years, data collected at Five Rivers has been contributed to this continent-wide citizen science project conducted through the University of Minnesota. The goal of the MLMP is to better understand how and why monarch populations vary, with a focus on their distribution and abundance during the breeding season in North America. Volunteers in the United States, Canada and Mexico aid in conserving monarchs and advance understanding of butterfly ecology and migration in general. Meet at the Nature’s Accessible Backyard Trail kiosk, at the south end of our parking lot. Go to www.mlmp.org to learn about the project.



Friday - 8/25
 BCP Application - 1550 Harlem Rd. Site (Cheektowaga) Public Comment Deadline
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/1...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

DEC has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application for a site known as 1550 Harlem Road, site ID #C915321. This site is located in the Village of Sloan, Town of Cheektowaga, Erie County, at 1550 Harlem Road. Public comments about the application must be submitted no later than August 25, 2017.

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

Project documents can be reviewed at: East Clinton Branch Library, 1929 Clinton St., Buffalo, NY 14206.



 BCP Application - Fmr. Peninsula Hospital Site (Far Rockaway) Comment Deadline
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/1...
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 Peninsula Hospital Site, site ID #C241200. This site is located in Far Rockaway, Queens, at 51-15 Beach Channel Drive and 50-04 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Comments about the application must be submitted no later than August 25, 2017.

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

Project documents can be reviewed at: Archives at Queens Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11432  --and--  Queens Community Board #14, 1931 Mott Avenue, Far Rockaway, NY 11691.



 BCP Application - L.I. Railroad Yaphank Site (Yaphank) Public Comment Deadline
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/1...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

DEC has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application for a site known as Long Island Railroad Yaphank Site, site ID #C152146. This site is located in the Hamlet of Yaphank, Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County, east of River Road, south of railroad tracks. Public comments about the application must be submitted no later than August 25, 2017.

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

Project documents can be reviewed at: Mastics-Moriches-Shirley-Community Library, 407 William Floyd Parkway, Shirley, NY 11967-3492.



 Comment Deadline - St. Lawrence Foothills Draft Unit Management Plan
http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20170712_not6.html
Contact  Tony Sparacino, NYS DEC - Region 6 Potsdam Sub Office
6739 US Highway 11, Potsdam, NY 13676, Phone: (315) 274-3336, E-mail: tony.sparacino@dec.ny.gov.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) will accept public input on the St. Lawrence Foothills Draft Unit Management Plan (UMP) at an open house on July 25, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Potsdam Central High School Auditorium, 29 Leroy St, Potsdam, NY 13676. All comments must be received by August 25, 2017.

The St. Lawrence Foothills UMP is located in the Towns of Colton, Hopkinton, Parishville, Potsdam, Pierrepont, and Russell, in St Lawrence County, New York.



Saturday - 8/26
10:00 AMCelebrate Smokey Bear's 73rd Birthday Bash - Gantry Plaza State Park
Contact  Brittany Dileo
718-482-6404

Celebrate Smokey Bear’s 73rd Birthday Bash

Held at Gantry Plaza State Park and at Pier 51 along Hudson River Park.

Only WHO can prevent wildfires? That’s right, YOU! Join us for a celebration of all things outdoors as we wish Smokey Bear a happy 73rd birthday!

On August 26, 2017, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will be celebrating at Gantry Plaza State Park from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

And on Pier 51 along the Hudson River Park from 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

This fun-filled, free event will feature hands-on activities for visitors of all ages including a meet and greet with Smokey Bear and a DEC forest ranger, crafts and a Smokey Bear poster contest, scavenger hunts, party favors, and more!



10:30 AMReinstein Woods: Monarch Tag and Release
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov; (716) 683-5959
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Learn how monarch butterflies are tagged and recorded for research, then release them for their journey down south. For adults and children ages 10 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.



2:00 PMFive Rivers - I Bird NY – Roger Tory Peterson: The Man Behind the Field Guides
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

Date/Time: Saturday, August 26, 2:00 PM

I Bird NY – Roger Tory Peterson:  The Man Behind the Field Guides

In honor of Roger Tory Peterson’s birthday on August 28, we’ll take a look at the life of the man who introduced so many people to birds. With the publication of his Peterson Field Guide to the Birds, he introduced a system of identifying birds that made sense to the layman. After a brief indoor presentation on the life of the man who did so much to popularize birding and bird conservation, we will head afield—with Peterson field guides—to identify some of Five Rivers’ resident birds using the Peterson system. A limited number of binoculars will be available for loan.



2:30 PMReinstein Woods: Birding 101: Class #8
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov; (716) 683-5959
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Why do birds migrate? Learn which species to look for as they prepare for their long journey south. For adults and children ages 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.



 Celebrate Smokey Bear's 73rd Birthday - Pier 51 along Hudson River Park
Contact  Brittany Dileo
718-482-6404

Celebrate Smokey Bear’s 73rd Birthday Bash

Held at Gantry Plaza State Park and at Pier 51 along Hudson River Park.

Only WHO can prevent wildfires? That’s right, YOU! Join us for a celebration of all things outdoors as we wish Smokey Bear a happy 73rd birthday!

On August 26, 2017, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will be celebrating at Gantry Plaza State Park from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

And on Pier 51 along the Hudson River Park from 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

This fun-filled, free event will feature hands-on activities for visitors of all ages including a meet and greet with Smokey Bear and a DEC forest ranger, crafts and a Smokey Bear poster contest, scavenger hunts, party favors, and more!



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