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Thursday August 18, 2022
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation

DEC invites the public to comment about a proposed expedited cleanup of contamination related to the Former Ludlow Street Works site #C360158 (Yonkers, Westchester County), within New York’s Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the proposal will be accepted through August 18, 2022.

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

Project documents can be reviewed online at:

And at:

Yonkers Public Library
Riverfront Branch
1 Larkin Center
Yonkers NY 10701
(914) 337-1500

7:30 AM
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

Come celebrate the dawn chorus as we monitor the birds of Five Rivers, including the fall migration. These outdoor surveys begin at 7:30 AM. Meet outside the visitor center. After a brief introduction, we’ll head out on the trails. Beginners are always welcome.

Bring binoculars if you have them. In case of inclement weather, these programs will be canceled.

For more information, call 518-475-0291.

12:00 PM
Contact  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Location  Online / Virtual

DEC and Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper to Hold Virtual Outreach on Aug. 18 for Buffalo River AOC

Organizations will Provide a Progress Update and Invite Public Comments on the Continuing Restoration of the Buffalo River Area of Concern

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper will hold a virtual outreach event from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, to update the public about ongoing efforts to restore natural resources in the Buffalo River Area of Concern (AOC) and the proposed removal of the 'Restrictions on Dredging Activities Beneficial Use Impairment' (BUI).
Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, in partnership with Erie County and DEC, coordinates these restoration efforts under the Buffalo River AOC Remedial Action Plan (RAP).

The Buffalo River AOC is located in the City of Buffalo, Erie County, and includes the historically industrialized portion of the river beginning at its mouth (where it outlets to Lake Erie), and continuing upstream approximately six miles to the Bailey Avenue bridge. The Restrictions on Dredging Activities BUI was originally designated as impaired in the 1980s due to elevated concentrations of multiple chemical contaminants in river sediments. Extensive remediation of contaminated river sediments and contaminant source areas along the river shoreline since that time, as well as subsequent contaminant monitoring, demonstrates that the criteria established to remove the Restrictions on Dredging Activities BUI has been achieved.

A draft report, which details the completed actions and assessments supporting the BUI removal, is available for public review at Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper's website. Public comments on the draft report and proposed BUI removal may be made at the Aug. 18 virtual event and are also being accepted at Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper's online portal on its website through Sept. 8, 2022.

To participate in the virtual event online, go to Zoom.

Meeting ID: 875 6479 3714 Passcode: 898568

To join by telephone dial 1-646-558-8656 and enter the Meeting ID and Passcode.

For more information on the Buffalo River Area of Concern, visit the Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper and U.S. EPA websites.

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.

5:00 PM
Contact  Steven Wong - DEC Region 2 Office

Learn how to fish for free from 5:00PM-7:00PM at Hudson River Park, Pier 40, New York County. This free fishing clinic event, sponsored by DEC offers participants the opportunity to practice fishing and learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics, aquatic ecology and more!

No freshwater fishing license is required for participants during the event; however, all other statewide fishing regulations remain in effect.

Address/Directions: Hudson River Park Pier 40, 353 West Street, New York, NY 10014

Visit the Free Fishing Clinics page for additional information on this and other upcoming clinics.

5:30 PM
Contact  Walter Burak - I Fish NY Coordinator

Join DEC's I FISH NY Program for a free fishing clinic at the annual Corey Beach Crabbing and Fishing Event from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM in the Town of Blue Point, Suffolk County. At this clinic, participants will get experience in catching both snapper and crab, while learning about fishing equipment and techniques, local fish and crab identification, aquatic ecology, stewardship, and more! No recreational marine fishing registration is required to participate and all equipment and bait and tackle will be provided for free.

Address/Directions: Corey Beach Blue Point Boat Ramp, 1 Corey Ave, Blue Point, NY 11715

Visit the Free Fishing Clinics page for additional information on this and other upcoming clinic events.

8:30 PM
Contact  716-683-5959
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Search for owls, bats, beavers, and moths on this quiet evening stroll. For adults only.

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; call 716-683-5959 to register. 
  • 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.

LegendDeadlines Five Rivers Meetings Recreation and Families Reinstein Woods

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