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Saturday September 23, 2023
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation

DEC has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application to amend the BCA and Draft Remedial Action Work Plan for a site known as Copyrite Plastic Sheets, site ID #C203151. This site is located in the Borough of The Bronx, within the County of Bronx, and is located at 261 Grand Concourse. Public comments about the application must be submitted by September 23, 2023.

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

Project documents can be reviewed online at:

And at:

New York Public Library - Woodstock Branch
761 East 160th Street
Bronx, NY 10456

Bronx Community Board 1
3024 Third Avenue
Bronx, NY 10455
Contact  Bureau of Fisheries

DEC designates several dates throughout the year as free fishing days, which allows anyone to recreationally fish without a fishing license in New York State! Saturday, September 23, 2023 is a designated free fishing day for National Hunting and Fishing Day. This offers the perfect opportunity to try out fishing for the first time, for getting back into the sport after taking a break, or for taking a friend or the whole family along to fish!

Even though a license is not needed, all fishing regulations apply. As a result, be sure to familiarize yourself with the Freshwater Fishing Regulations or Saltwater Fishing Regulations prior to venturing out.

Don't forget to download and use the Tacklebox feature in DEC's HuntFishNY mobile app to find places to fish, including boat launches and parking areas, as well as freshwater fishing regulations, likely fish species, and stocking information per waterbody!

9:00 AM
Contact  Betsy Ukeritis

Salmon River Fish Hatchery’s 24th Annual Open House

Location: Salmon River Fish Hatchery, 2133 County Route 22, Altmar, NY 13302

Come celebrate National Hunting & Fishing Day at the Salmon River Fish Hatchery’s 24th Annual Open House on Saturday, 23 Sept., from 9 AM to 3 PM. The Salmon River Hatchery open house provides visitors with a unique peek behind the scenes at how DEC helps bolster the world-class salmon and trout fisheries in Lake Ontario and its tributaries, including the renowned Salmon River.

DEC will lead tours of the facility between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., providing the public with rare behind-the-scenes access to the hatchery's inner-workings. Visit the recently redesigned fish observation deck, which offers new and improved views of salmon as they migrate. Attendees can observe New York fish in the hatchery's aquaria and learn about rare and threatened fish species in New York State. In addition, kids can learn how to cast a fishing rod.

To complement scheduled program events, several conservation organizations, fishing and hunting clubs, and outdoor recreation groups will be on hand with displays and activities to provide information about their role in the Salmon River Corridor and the Lake Ontario ecosystem.

Find additional information on DEC's website.

10:00 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

Join us as we celebrate all things Five Rivers! It’s a family-oriented environmental celebration featuring hands-on outdoor educational activities, interactive exhibits, guided walks, and more. Enjoy opportunities to meet live animals and explore staffed exhibits from a wide range of local conservation partners. We’ll have live music from local bands; food truck vendors including Rooted + Rind, Flaco’s Tacos, and Emack & Bolio’s ice cream; children’s crafts and games; raffles with an array of items for all ages; and the Friends of Five Rivers Gift Shop.

Held rain or shine! Free parking and admission, but we do encourage carpooling. For details, go to Friends of Five Rivers’ website at, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

11:00 AM
Contact  716-683-5959
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Join a guided nature walk through the woods. No registration required.

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.
Contact  Chris Bowser
Location  Norrie Point Environmental Center, 256 Norrie Point Way, Staatsburg, NY 12580 - Map

Join DEC and the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve to celebrate National Estuaries Week at an interactive Science on the River open House at Norrie Point Environmental Center in Staatsburg on Saturday, September 23rd, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. No registration is required for this free, family-friendly event.

Canoe the waters around Norrie Point (canoes and paddles provided), watch a live birds of prey program with Wildlife Rehabilitator Annie Mardiney, and have fun with oyster castles. Pull a seine-net through the shallow waters or fish the Hudson from the patio with a rod and reel. All equipment is provided and no fishing license is required. Check out the eel touch tank, the turtle terrarium, and the aquarium with crabs and baby lake sturgeon. Look at macroinvertebrates (water bugs) through a digital microscope, and explore the many ways scientists test the waters around us. 

LegendDeadlines Five Rivers Recreation and Families Reinstein Woods

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* Special note for hunters: most hunting zones do not align with DEC's regional boundaries, so you won't find hunting seasons listed in the regional calendars. Use the statewide calendar instead.

This calendar provides a listing of all DEC-sponsored events that are open to the public. You can click on any event in the calendar to view additional details about the event. Note that the events at environmental education centers will only display in the region in which they are located, even though they serve residents from adjacent areas. We welcome people with disabilities to all of our programs. Please call the contact number ahead of time to let us know your specific needs and we will be happy to learn how we can best serve you.

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