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Thursday June 1, 2023
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.

8:00 AM

Please join us for one of our Day of Safety workshops in Syracuse and Capital Region (Glenville), during which attendees will rotate through three stations covering important safety topics. Stations will be outside as weather allows, so please come dressed appropriately. All stations are demonstrations; this workshop does not include hands-on practice. The workshop is the same in both locations and attendees should attend either one or the other.

The 3 stations will be road side safety, aerial lift safety, and chainsaw safety.

Register online:

10:00 AM
Contact  New York State Department of Environment Conservation
Location  Online / Virtual

Webinar to be Held on Division of Water Grant Programs
Thursday, June 1 at 10:00 a.m.
Join DEC's Division of Water for a virtual overview of two grant opportunities available through the state's Consolidated Funding Application. Time will be provided for questions. Register to attend via webex.

Water Quality Improvement Projects (WQIP): WQIP funds implementation projects to
improve water quality or aquatic habitat, promote flood risk reduction, restoration, and enhanced flood and climate resiliency, or protect a drinking water source. Eligible project types: 
o wastewater treatment improvement;
o non-agricultural nonpoint source abatement and control;
o vacuum trucks in municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) areas;
o land acquisition for source water protection;
o salt storage;
o dam safety repair/rehabilitation;
o aquatic connectivity restoration; and
o marine habitat restoration.
funds production of planning reports for nonpoint source water quality improvement
projects and mapping of municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4).

1:00 PM
Contact  New York State Department of Environment Conservation

New York's Economywide Cap-and-Invest Pre-Proposal Webinar Series

DEC and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) are hosting a pre-proposal webinar series to provide the public an opportunity to learn about the rulemakings under development for the Cap-and-Invest Program in New York State. Read the press release.

This is the first set in a series of webinars to inform the public and encourage written feedback during the initial phase of outreach. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available on the New York Cap-and-Invest website. If you wish to continue receiving updates on the development of the Cap-and-Invest Program, please join the Climate Act mailing list.

Below is the full list of scheduled webinars for this first round. For more information on how to join the webinars, please visit New York Cap-and-Invest website.

June 1, 1 to 3 p.m. – Cap-and-Invest Overview
June 6, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Natural Gas-focused webinar
June 8, 1 to 3 p.m. – Liquid Fuels-focused webinar
June 13, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Energy Intensive and Trade Exposed Industries-focused webinar
June 15, 1 to 3 p.m. – Waste-focused webinar
June 20, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Cap-and-Invest Analysis Inputs and Methods
June 22, 1 to 3 p.m. – Electricity-focused webinar

As New York begins drafting regulations, we are considering California’s existing economywide programs, as well as those operating in Quebec and Washington State. This webinar series will provide the public with a series of questions on topics that DEC and NYSERDA are seeking input. DEC and NYSERDA are interested in hearing what elements of other jurisdictions' regulations would work well in New York, and what improvements or changes may best serve New York.

For more information, including instructions on how to provide comments, please visit the New York Cap-and-Invest website.

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. 

5:00 PM
Contact  DEC Region 2 Fisheries

Participate in a free Beginner's Fishing Clinic hosted by NYSDEC at Kissena Lake, Kissena Park in Queens, Queens County on Thursday, 6/1 from 5 - 7 PM. In addition to casting a rod and catching fish, participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics, aquatic ecology, and more! No freshwater fishing license is required during the event, and all equipment and bait will be provided for free.

Space is limited (first come, first served). Email for more information and weather related updates. 

Location/Address: Kissena Park, 160-2 Oak Ave, Queens, NY 11365 (N. shore of Kissena Lake near comfort station)

Visit the Free Learn to Fish page for more information and other upcoming events near you.

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