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Tuesday March 7, 2023
11:30 AM
Contact  Office of Climate Change
Location  Online / Virtual

Notice of Pre-Proposal Webinar for Local Governments 
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC)
Update to Part 494 Hydrofluorocarbon Standards and Reporting

The Office of Climate Change invites you to a discussion of a new policy to transition New York to climate-friendly refrigerants. DEC staff will describe new EPA policies along with an upcoming DEC rule and provide information on how these may affect communities and local governments. We will also be joined by the Town of Saugerties, who will talk about their CSC award to replace the refrigerant in their Ice Arena.

Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2023
Time: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EST 

2:00 PM
Contact  Stephanie Rekemeyer
Location  NYSDEC Division of Marine Resources, 123 Kings Park Blvd. (Nissequogue River State Park) Kings Park, New York, 11754 - Map

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at 2:00 PM at DEC Division of Marine Resources Headquarters, 123 Kings Park Blvd, Kings Park, NY. 

Tentative Agenda:
  • Recreational Scup & Black Sea Bass
  • Rulemaking update
  • Random Selection Results
  • Blackfish Commercial Fishing Regulations
  • Striped Bass MRIP Data
Details to listen to the livestream of the meeting is available below. Attendees joining the livestream online or by phone are limited to listening only. 

4:45 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

The Winter Raptor Survey is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy Five Rivers and the wildlife that live here while helping biologists save these inspiring birds. Outdoor surveys occur every other week (weather permitting) throughout the winter. They start 30 minutes before sunset and end 30 minutes after. Volunteers meet at the visitor center and walk in teams to monitoring sites at Five Rivers. Volunteers do not need experience or to make a winter-long commitment. Study dates are subject to change due to weather conditions. 

Pre-registration is required. Call 518-475-0291 or email for more information or to register.

Tentative Survey Dates:

(Weather dependent; subject to change at the last minute.)

Jan. 10 – Meet at 3:45 PM. Survey begins at 4:12 PM.
Jan. 24 – Meet at 4:00 PM. Survey begins at 4:29 PM.
Feb. 7 – Meet at 4:15 PM. Survey begins at 4:47 PM. 
Feb. 21 – Meet at 4:30 PM. Survey begins at 5:05 PM.
March 7 – Meet at 4:45 PM. Survey begins at 5:22 PM.
March 21 – Meet at 6:00 PM. Survey begins at 6:39 PM.   

5:00 PM
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation

DEC has scheduled a community availability session on March 7, 2023, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Bethpage Community Center, 103 Grumman Road West, Bethpage, NY 11714 to learn more about the formation of a new Community Participation Working Group and the cleanup of the Navy Grumman groundwater plume, including the Northrop Grumman Bethpage Facility (Site #130003A) and Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant (Site #130003B) (Bethpage, Nassau County), within New York’s State Superfund Program.

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to learn more about the cleanup and how to participate in the upcoming virtual meeting.

7:30 PM
Contact  716-683-5959
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Enjoy the hints of spring on this guided night walk.

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.

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