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Thursday June 30, 2022
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

Marvelous Migrations
Tuesday–Thursday, June 28–30, 8:45 AM–4:00 PM daily

Co-hosted by Five Rivers Environmental Education Center (Delmar)
and Norrie Point Environmental Education Center (Staatsburg)

Join us this summer for DEC’s Teachers on the Estuary and Living Environment Institute as we explore migrations on land, water, and air. For three days, educators will take a deeper dive and discover a variety of species in motion, including where they live and where they go.
As field scientists, we’ll explore the forests at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center; the wetland habitats of Stockport Creek (by canoe); and the estuary waters at Norrie Point Environmental Education Center. Participants will gain a wealth of knowledge, ideas, standards-based curriculum, and activities to bring back to their classrooms or education facilities.

For more information or to register, visit or email
Contact  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Comment end --June 30, 2022 (Part 494)

DEC is seeking the public’s feedback on proposed updates to Part 494 - New York’s refrigerant regulation, until June 30, 2022.

The current Part 494 regulation prohibits the sale, installation, and use of certain substances that produce hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions commonly used by retail refrigerators, supermarkets, chillers, air conditioning equipment, foams, and as aerosol propellants.

HFCs are greenhouse gases thousands of times more powerful than carbon dioxide at intensifying global warming and climate change. They are produced by substances used in refrigeration, air-conditioning, foam insulation, and other products. HFCs make up 6% of NY’s greenhouse gas emissions and are projected to increase 57% by 2050.

Proposed updates to Part 494 would reduce HFC emissions by expanding the list of prohibited substances and introducing new requirements to address refrigerant leakage and disposal.
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation

DEC invites the public to comment about a draft plan to investigate contamination related to the Urban Villages site #C734154 (Liverpool, Onondaga County)  within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the draft plan will be accepted through June 30, 2022.

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:

And at:

Liverpool NY Public Library
310 Tulip Street
Liverpool, NY 13088
(315) 457-0310

10:00 AM
Contact  716-683-5959
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map


These free workshops are designed to help educators dive into NGSS-aligned watershed education. NRLE Classroom teachers must attend a minimum of 2 summer workshops, but spaces are available for educators not participating in the full program. 3 CTLE Hours.

Enjoy a day on the water while learning about the historical and current impacts on our local watershed as well as restoration efforts. Location: East Hill Foundation, 17 Island St. North Tonawanda, NY

Register online at  

We welcome those who have any type of physical challenge to all our programs. If you call ahead to let us know your needs, we will be happy to learn how we can serve you.


  • Registration is required for ALL programs unless otherwise indicated.
  • If you call outside of normal business hours, you will receive a call confirming your registration or waitlist status. PLEASE SPEAK CLEARLY when leaving your name and phone number as our system does not have caller ID. Unless you receive a callback, you are not registered. 
  • Registration is limited to two programs/month. If you want to sign up for additional programs, you will be added to the waitlist. No limit for virtual programs.
  • Social distancing and mask protocols are subject to change with current COVID guidelines.
  • If you or a family member feels ill, is waiting for COVID test results or have COVID symptoms, please stay at home.
  • In case of poor weather, programs may be cancelled.
  • We cannot accommodate organized youth/civic groups at these programs. Please call to make other arrangements.

12:00 PM
Contact  716-683-5959
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Tired of high fuel prices? Find out how to move toward a fossil fuel-free lifestyle! Each session provides local resources to help you make improvements, and maybe even save money along the way.

We welcome those who have any type of physical challenge to all our programs. If you call ahead (716-683-5959) to let us know your needs, we will be happy to learn how we can serve you.


  • Pre-registration is required for ALL programs. For virtual programs, please register online at
  • Participants will be emailed a link for the presentation.
  • We cannot accommodate organized youth/civic groups at these programs. Please call to make other arrangements.
Location  Online / Virtual

New York State Public Hearing on Draft Disadvantaged Communities Criteria -- Western New York #2 (online/virtual)

Criteria to Guide Equitable Implementation of State’s Ambitious Climate Law
May and June In-Person and Virtual Hearings to Provide Public Opportunities to Share Input on Draft Criteria

Comments Accepted Until July 7, 2022
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in partnership with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), will hold 11 public hearings across the state to receive public input on draft disadvantaged communities criteria and advance the finalization of criteria to help guide the implementation of the State's nation-leading Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.
New York’s Climate Justice Working Group (CJWG), which consists of representatives from environmental justice groups from across the State and representatives of several State agencies, voted in December to release the draft criteria for identifying disadvantaged communities for public review. The Draft Disadvantaged Communities Criteria Public Comment Period commenced in March with a 120-day public comment period that ends July 7, 2022.
The criteria are based on geographic, public health, environmental hazard, and socioeconomic factors, and once approved, will be used to help meet the directives of the Climate Act related to reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as to inform regulatory impact statements and the State's clean energy and energy efficiency investments. 
Public Hearing  

Event: Western New York #2

Location: Webex

Date: Thursday, June 30, 2022, at 12 p.m.

 Call-in Number: 518-549-0500
Event Password: DACHearing-2022 (32243275 via phone)
Event Number: 2349 601 1561 

Please check the DEC calendar of events to confirm if the Public Hearing in your area of the state is in-person or online/virtual.
All persons, organizations, corporations, and government entities are encouraged to attend the public hearings and submit oral or written comments. Each participant will be given two minutes to provide public comment. Lengthy statements should be submitted in writing and summarized for oral presentation. PowerPoint presentations are not allowed, but individuals may provide written supporting documents or visuals. 
If in-person hearings cannot be held due to changing COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, hearings will shift to virtual at the same date and time. Pre-registration for virtual hearings is strongly encouraged but not required. 
Priority in speaking will be given to those who pre-register based on their place of residence for the regional hearings. Individuals can pre-register using the WebEx link for the meeting. All hearings will be professionally recorded and transcribed as part of the official record and posted on the Climate Act website.
Members of the public who want to provide oral comments must attend either in-person or join a virtual hearing. Equal weight will be given to oral and written statements.
The virtual public hearings will include live closed captioning. American sign language and language interpretive services shall be made available upon written request at no charge. Requests for interpretation must be received at least 10 days before the hearing date. Requests for interpretation should be directed by mail to NYSDEC, Office of Communication Services, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-4500), by telephone (518-402-8044), or by email ( 
Written comments can be submitted through July 7, 2022, via the online public comment form, Draft Disadvantaged Communities Criteria Public Comment Period , via email to, or via U.S. Mail to Attention: Draft DAC Comments, NYS DEC, Attn. Office of Environmental Justice, 625 Broadway, 14th Floor, Albany NY 12233.
For more information about the Climate Justice Working Group, visit the Climate Act website.
New York State's nation-leading climate agenda is the most aggressive climate and clean energy initiative in the nation, calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues fostering a green economy as New York State recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Enshrined into law through the Climate Act, New York is on a path to achieve its mandate of a zero-emission electricity sector by 2040, including 70 percent renewable energy generation by 2030, and to reach economy-wide carbon neutrality. It builds on New York's unprecedented investments to ramp-up clean energy including over $33 billion in 102 large-scale renewable and transmission projects across the state, $6.8 billion to reduce buildings emissions, $1.8 billion to scale up solar, more than $1 billion for clean transportation initiatives, and over $1.6 billion in NY Green Bank commitments. Combined, these investments are supporting nearly 158,000 jobs in New York's clean energy sector in 2020, a 2,100 percent growth in the distributed solar sector since 2011 and a commitment to develop 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2035. Under the Climate Act, New York will build on this progress and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent from 1990 levels by 2050, while ensuring that at least 35 percent with a goal of 40 percent of the benefits of clean energy investments are directed to disadvantaged communities, and advance progress towards the state's 2025 energy efficiency target of reducing on-site energy consumption by 185 trillion BTUs of end-use energy savings. 

1:00 PM
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

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. Join volunteers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico in conserving monarchs and advancing the understanding of butterfly ecology and migration in general. Wear long pants and bring a sun hat and water. We will meet at the visitor center. 

Go to to learn about the project. Space is limited.

Call 518-475-0291 by the Saturday prior to register.

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