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ENB - Statewide Notices 4/11/2018

Public Notice

DEC Announces Annual Environmental Excellence Awards
Applications Accepted Through April 13, 2018

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is now accepting applications for the 2018 NYS Environmental Excellence Awards program (Press Release) This year marks the 15th anniversary of New York's Environmental Excellence Awards that recognize businesses, institutions, governments, and organizations for their outstanding commitment to environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and economic viability.

The 2018 Application Brochure and "Tips for Applicants" document are available on DEC's website

The awards are given annually in recognition of outstanding, innovative and sustainable projects or programs and unique partnerships that contribute to a healthier environment and economy. Award winners are an elite group of committed organizations leading by example and serve as models of excellence within their industry and community. Benefits of receiving an award include statewide recognition and visibility for environmental leadership, and increased marketing, promotional and networking opportunities.

Eligible applicants include:

  • Businesses (small, medium and large businesses, manufacturing, retail, agri-business, renewable energy, hospitality, sports, etc.)
  • Not-for-profit organizations;
  • Education, health care and recreational facilities;
  • Local, state, federal and Indian Nation government agencies; and
  • Individuals

To be eligible, a project must be in New York State; result in measurable environmental and economic benefits beyond what could have been achieved by using standard techniques or complying with regulatory requirements; be initiated within the past three years and be fully operational for at least 12 months. Applicants must be in compliance with New York Environmental Conservation Law and all applicable permits and local laws.

Review criteria will include an assessment of: environmental benefits; economic benefits; innovative approach of the project; advancement of sustainability; how creative partnerships were created or strengthened by the project; demonstration of commitment, leadership and environmental excellence, demonstration of transferability and the demonstration that practices go beyond standard techniques or compliance requirements.

Competitive applications will focus on innovative and cutting-edge projects or programs that are achieving significant environmental benefits through:

  • greenhouse gas emissions reductions;
  • manufacturing process improvements
  • climate change adaptations;
  • food waste reduction efforts;
  • recycling and composting programs;
  • "green tech" solutions;
  • initiatives to "green" businesses, farms, schools, recreational, sports, health care and hospitality facilities;
  • clean energy projects and energy efficiency improvements;
  • green infrastructure projects;
  • natural resource/habitat protection or restoration efforts;
  • urban forestry or farming practices;
  • programs advancing locally grown and "farm to table; and
  • education and training programs.

Completed applications must be submitted no later than Friday, April 13, 2018. Award winners will be honored at a 15th year anniversary event in November 2018. At that time, winners will have an opportunity to present and display information about their award-winning project or program.

For more information about the award program, contact NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Pollution Prevention Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-7253 or by phone at (518) 402-9469. Questions can also be sent via email to

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Invites the Public to Comment on Lower Salmon River (Oswego County) Restoration and Recreation Enhancement Plan

The Salmon River is New York State's premier, year-round angling destination for lake-run trout and salmon and is one of the most intensely used fisheries in the nation. NYS DEC recently acquired 1,700 acres adjacent to the lower Salmon River now designated as the Lower Salmon River State Forest. These lands are located between the Lighthouse Hill Reservoir and the Village of Pulaski and will be managed primarily for the fisheries they support.

The purpose of this plan is to guide efforts and resources toward improving and protecting in-stream habitat and angler access by building in-stream restoration structures and improving the trail system over the next 10 years (2018-2028). The restoration structures will create riffle, pool, run sequences and stabilize eroding river banks. Trail development/enhancement will improve angler access while improving protection of sensitive environments like wetlands.

The Plan may be accessed here:

NYS DEC will accept public comments on the draft plan until May 10, 2018. To comment on the plan, send an e-mail with the subject line "Lower Salmon River Restoration Plan" to or send written comments to the contact listed below.

Contact: David Lemon, NYS DEC - Region 7 Cortland Sub Office, Division of Fish and Wildlife, 1285 Fisher Avenue, Cortland, NY 13045.

Joint Meeting of the Invasive Species Council and Advisory Committee

A joint meeting of the NYS Invasive Species Council (9 agencies) and Advisory Committee (25 NGOs) will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Peebles Island State Park Visitor Center, located at 1 Delaware Ave. North, Cohoes, NY 12047.

Once finalized, the meeting agenda will be posted to the following web page:

Contact: David Adams, NYS DEC, Invasive Species Coordination Section, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233; Phone: (518) 402-9149.

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