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Thursday May 31, 2018
Contact  Doug Ashline, NYSDEC - Division of Water, Bureau of Water Permits
625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-3505, Email WBCinfo@dec.ny.gov (Reference "ANPP for WBHC General Permit Comments" in the subject)

Advanced Notice of Proposed Permit for Discharges of Winery, Brewery and Hard Cidery Wastewater to Groundwater

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) is soliciting stakeholder input regarding the potential issuance of a State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) general permit that would provide coverage for wastewater discharges to groundwater from licensed wineries, breweries and hard cideries in New York State through this industry survey known as an Advanced Notice of Proposed Permit (ANPP).

NYS DEC will accept comments on the ANPP from April 1, 2018 until May 31, 2018. Comments must be submitted in writing by mail or e-mail to the contact listed above

7:30 AM
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or 5Rivers@dec.ny.gov
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

Citizen Science: EARLY BIRDERS 

Thursdays May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 at 7:30 AM

Come celebrate the dawn chorus as we monitor the progression of spring bird migration. These outdoor surveys begin at 7:30 AM. Meet at the bird-viewing window in the visitor center. After a brief introduction, we’ll head out on the trails. Beginners are always welcome. Binoculars are helpful but not necessary. In case of inclement weather, these programs will be canceled. For more information, call 518-475-0291.

NOTE: Organized groups (scouts, schools, hiking clubs, etc.) are welcome, but are asked to call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register.

4:30 PM
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or 5Rivers@dec.ny.gov
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.

Contact  reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Together, kids and their parents or caregivers can enjoy a different, fun, hour-long outdoor activity each week. For children in grades K through 5. No registration required.

6:45 PM
Contact  Regina Willis, NYS DEC Division of Lands and Forests
Region 8 Bath Sub Office, 7291 Coon Road, Bath, NY 14810, Phone: (585) 226-5324, E-mail: r8.ump@dec.ny.gov

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has completed the Draft Canisteo River Basin Unit Management Plan (UMP). Properties in this UMP include: eight State Forests - Burt Hill, Cameron, Cameron Mills, Canacadea, Greenwood, Rock Creek, Tracy Creek and Turkey Ridge, and two Wildlife Management Areas - Helmer Creek and West Cameron in the Towns of Howard, Cameron, Hornellsville, Greenwood, Rathbone, and Jasper in Steuben County, New York. The UMP covers approximately 7,727 acres.

Major proposals in the plan include: implement the Young Forest Initiative on Wildlife Management Areas (WMA); install new identification signs, and new gates that will be open most of the time; create two new parking areas; monitor invasive exotic plants and animals, which may include prescribed burns, biological controls, pesticide and mechanical removals; construct an accessible fishing pier and/or hunting blind on Cameron State Forest; and add two routes to the state wide Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities list.

NYS DEC will be holding a public meeting on May 31, 2018, at 6:45 p.m. at the Valley Elementary School, 6786 County Route 119, Cameron Mills, NY 14820.

A 30 minute presentation on the draft plan will begin at 6:45 p.m., followed by a question and answer period. Staff will be available until 8:45 p.m. to accept comments. The school is wheelchair accessible. Please contact Regina Willis at (585) 226-5324 for any further specific accommodations.

Written comments are welcome and will be accepted, by mail or e-mail, by the contact person listed above until July 2, 2018Copies of the draft UMP are posted on the NYS DEC website

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