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Week of 26 December, 2021
Sunday - 12/26
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Monday - 12/27
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Tuesday - 12/28
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Wednesday - 12/29
10:00 AMReinstein Woods - Learn to Cross-Country Ski
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  716-683-5959
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Learn the basics of cross-country skiing before going on a short, guided ski tour. $15/person, $10 for Friends members.

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.

PLEASE NOTE

  • 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. 
  • Social distancing and mask protocols are subject to change with current COVID guidelines.
  • In case of poor weather, programs may be cancelled.
  • We cannot accommodate organized youth/civic groups at these programs. Please call to make other arrangements.


Thursday - 12/30
10:00 AMReinstein Woods - Under the Ice
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  716-683-5959
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Join us as we explore the winter world of our ponds. Children will participate discover how turtles, frogs, and beavers survive under the ice and explore insects living in pond water. For children in grades K–5.

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.

PLEASE NOTE

  • 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. 
  • Social distancing and mask protocols are subject to change with current COVID guidelines.
  • In case of poor weather, programs may be cancelled.
  • We cannot accommodate organized youth/civic groups at these programs. Please call to make other arrangements.


Friday - 12/31
 BCP Amendment App. - 272 4th Avenue Site (Brooklyn) Comment Deadline
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/2...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

DEC has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application to amend the BCA and draft Remedial Investigation Work Plan for a site known as 272 4th Avenue, site ID #C224298. This site is located in the Borough of Brooklyn, within the County of Kings, and is located at 272 4th Avenue, 274 4th Avenue and 538 Carroll Street. Public comments about the application must be submitted by December 31, 2021.

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

Project documents can be reviewed online at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/C224298/

And at:

Brooklyn Public Library Park Slope Branch
431 6th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Brooklyn Community Board 6
250 Baltic Street, LL Suite 1025
Brooklyn, NY 11201



 Brownfield App. - HMQ Site Restoration STEAM Center (Herkimer) Comment Deadline
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/2...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

DEC has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application for a site known as HMQ Site Restoration and STEAM Center, site ID #C622024. This site is located in the Village of Herkimer, in the Town and County of Herkimer, and is located at 220 North Prospect Street. Public comments about the application must be submitted by December 31, 2021.

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

Project documents can be reviewed online at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/C622024/

And at:

Frank Basloe Library
245 N. Main Street
Herkimer, NY 13350



 Proposed Cleanup - 28-90 Review Ave. Development Site (Queens) Comment Deadline
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/2...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

DEC invites the public to comment about a proposal to address contamination related to the 28-90 Review Avenue Development, site ID #C241236 (Queens, Queens County) within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the proposal will be accepted through December 31, 2021.

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

Project documents can be reviewed online at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/C241236/

And at:

Queens Library at Court Square
25-01 Jackson Avenue
Queens, NY 11101
(718) 937-2790

Queens Community Board 2
43-22 50th Street, Room 2B
Woodside, New York 11377
(718) 533-8777



Saturday - 1/1
 In Effect: Expanded Polystyrene Foam Container and Polystyrene Loose Fill Ban
https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/120762.html
Contact  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
foamban@dec.ny.gov

New York State’s Foam Ban goes into effect January 1, 2022.

Banned Items: Items banned from sale or distribution in New York State include single-use expanded polystyrene foam food service containers used for prepared food and beverages, including but not limited to: bowls, cartons, clamshells, cups, lids, plates, and trays; and Packing peanuts or other void-filling, loose fill packaging products made of expanded polystyrene foam.
 
Affected Businesses and Organizations:

Covered food service providers: Any person selling or distributing prepared food or beverages, including but not limited to: restaurants, grocery stores, delis, coffee shops, caterers, food trucks and street vendors, hospitals, schools, adult care facilities and nursing homes, cafeterias, hotels, motels and inns, community meal programs, sporting venues, amusement parks, summer camps, correctional facilities, and faith-based organizations.

Stores (retail and wholesale) that sell or distribute single-use food service containers or loose fill packaging in New York State.

Loose fill manufacturers who sell or distribute polystyrene foam loose fill in New York State.

Alternatives: Any container or packaging that does not contain expanded polystyrene foam, such as aluminum, rigid plastics, paper, glass, bio-based, and compostable items, may be used as an alternative.

Exemptions & Waivers: Containers used for raw meat, pork, seafood, poultry, or fish sold to be prepared by the customer; Prepackaged food that is filled or sealed prior to receipt at a covered food service provider; Hard plastic food service containers marked with a number 6 (Polystyrene–PS) that are not foam; A city with a population of 1 million or more with a local expanded polystyrene foam ban in place (New York City). Some covered food service providers and facilities may be eligible for a 12-month financial hardship waiver.  For more information, visit https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/120762.html or email foamban@dec.ny.gov.

Additional Information

https://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/123704.html



9:00 AMFive Rivers: Community Science: New Year's Day Bird Count
https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
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 local bird experts from the Hudson Mohawk Bird Club for our 41st annual New Year’s Day bird count. Over the decades, more than 70 different species have been found at Five Rivers on this day, and the birds found during this long-term study show interesting range changes for many species. Bring binoculars if you have them. Dress warmly.

Space is limited. Call 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, December 29, to register.

If severe weather is forecast, call on Friday, December 31, to confirm the event will be held.



10:00 AMReinstein Woods - First Day Hike
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  716-683-5959
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Ring in New Year’s Day with a hike led by a DEC Forest Ranger, who will discuss how to prepare for any outdoor adventure. 

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.

PLEASE NOTE

  • 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. 
  • Social distancing and mask protocols are subject to change with current COVID guidelines.
  • In case of poor weather, programs may be cancelled.
  • We cannot accommodate organized youth/civic groups at these programs. Please call to make other arrangements.


10:30 AMFive Rivers: Adventure NY: First Day Hikes
https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
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

Happy New Year! Start the year on the right foot with some outdoor fun. We’ll stretch our legs and clear our heads on two easy-paced guided walks for all ages. The morning walk will cover about three-quarters of a mile, while the afternoon walk will cover about one and a half miles. Dress for the weather.

Space is limited for both guided walks. Call 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, December 29, to register.

 In the event of severe weather, these programs will be canceled.



1:00 PMFive Rivers: Adventure NY: First Day Hikes
https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
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

Happy New Year! Start the year on the right foot with some outdoor fun. We’ll stretch our legs and clear our heads on two easy-paced guided walks for all ages. The morning walk will cover about three-quarters of a mile, while the afternoon walk will cover about one and a half miles. Dress for the weather.

Space is limited for both guided walks. Call 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, December 29, to register.

In the event of severe weather, these programs will be canceled.



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