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Thursday May 18, 2023
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation

DEC invites the public to comment about a proposed expedited cleanup of contamination related to the Grand Union Hotel Bowling Alley site #C360222 (Port Chester, Westchester County), within New York’s Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the proposal will be accepted through May 18, 2023.

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:

Rye Brook Public Library
1 Haseco Avenue 
Port Chester, NY 10573
(914) 939-6710

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 progression of spring bird 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.

2:00 PM
Contact  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Location  Online / Virtual

Public Webinar Series on Extreme Heat and Climate Change in New York State

Topics Include Impacts of Extreme Heat and State Actions to Help Communities Prepare and Adapt

Outreach Efforts Advance Directive to Develop a Statewide Extreme Heat Action Plan and Help Ensure Equitable Distribution of Extreme Heat-Related Information and Resources

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced an upcoming public webinar series on the ways extreme heat is impacting New York State. As part of the 2022 State of the State directive and interim recommendations, work is underway to help New Yorkers and communities better understand and prepare for the impacts of extreme heat, including opportunities to learn about solutions for adapting to and forming partnerships to address extreme heat.

Extreme heat is a leading cause of death among hazardous weather events in the United States. Extreme heat affects the health and well-being of communities and individuals across New York State. The impacts of extreme heat are more severe due to climate change, with disproportionately greater impacts experienced by heat-vulnerable populations, urban areas, and disadvantaged communities.

This webinar series is part of DEC and NYSERDA's ongoing development of an extreme heat action plan in response to the increased frequency and intensity of extreme heat events caused by climate change. DEC and NYSERDA started convening the Extreme Heat Action Plan Work Group last year. The work group includes more than 20 State agencies working together on immediate steps to address the dangers of extreme heat. The webinar series, hosted by DEC and NYSERDA in conjunction with the Extreme Heat Action Plan Work Group and University at Buffalo, will include presentations by a panel of subject matter experts on topics relevant to State and local planning for extreme heat events.

Webinars are open to the public. Registration is encouraged and available online or at one of the individual webinar registration links below. Webinars will be recorded and shared on DEC's website.

Webinar Schedule

Extreme Heat, Health, and Policy: Strategies Across New York's Many Landscapes

This webinar explores the impacts of extreme heat across New York's diverse geographies and communities, including urban heat islands, rural and suburban communities, and workers. The webinar will also describe the intersection of extreme heat and the housing, energy, and agricultural sectors. Speakers will showcase potential solutions.

Webinar #2

Date: May 18, 2023

Time: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Registration: Via WebEx 

Expert Panel:

Dr. Augusta Williams - Assistant Professor at SUNY Upstate Medical University in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Dr. Diana Hernández - Associate Professor at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health
Speaker TBA

Dr. Nicholas Rajkovich - Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo

4:30 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

Join us after school to get some fresh air, stretch your legs, and have fun outdoors. We’ll meet in front of the visitor center to head out on an adventure. Each week will have a different theme and will include time to explore. Come for as many sessions as you’d like, and dress for outdoor activity.

 For children in grades K–5 and their caregivers. 

Space is limited. Call 518-475-0291 by the Monday prior to register.
Contact  716-683-5959
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

This hands-on experience will prepare you to lead a marine debris survey with your students at any Great Lakes beach. For educators of students in grades 7–12. 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; 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. 
  • In case of poor weather, programs may be cancelled.
  • If you or a family member feels ill, is waiting for COVID test results or have COVID symptoms, please stay at home.
  • We cannot accommodate organized youth/civic groups at these programs. Please call to make other arrangements.

5:00 PM
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation

A community availability session has been scheduled on May 18, from 5 to 8 PM at the Algonquin Middle School Cafeteria to update the community on ongoing efforts to protect drinking water supplies and to discuss the various aspects of the investigation related to the Poestenkill Assessment Area (Poestenkill, Rensselaer County) within New York’s State Superfund Program.

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to learn more about the cleanup and community availability session.

6:00 PM
Contact  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Community Meeting to Report on Statewide Community Air Monitoring Initiative
Region 3 Mount Vernon/Yonkers/New Rochelle

DEC announced a meeting that will provide progress updates for communities participating in the State's 2022-23 Community Air Monitoring Initiative. This meeting continues DEC's efforts to gather community input in targeting emission sources and identifying future strategies to reduce air pollution in these communities, including the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

At this meeting, DEC staff will provide an overview of the initiative and present a preliminary review of the second quarter of air monitoring results specific to each community. Information will include how and where the air monitoring is being conducted on the street level and how DEC will compile and analyze the data to identify potential contributors of emissions for each pollutant being monitored. Preliminary data collection is underway. DEC will provide results once additional information is compiled.

Region 3 -- Mount Vernon/Yonkers/New Rochelle

When: Thursday, May 18, at 6 p.m.
Meeting Number: 161 880 9723
Meeting Password: R3AirMonitor
Call In Number to join by phone only: 518-549-0500

More information about the Community Air Monitoring Initiative and details about this meeting (including obtaining interpreter and translator services) are on DEC's website.

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