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Week of 16 May, 2021
Sunday - 5/16
No Scheduled Events
Monday - 5/17
No Scheduled Events
Tuesday - 5/18
10:00 AMFurthering Urban Forestry Programs through Grants and Partnerships
Contact  urbanforestry@dec.ny.gov

Join NYS ReLeaf’s Leatherstocking Region committee for a workshop on the power of grants and partnerships in furthering municipal urban forestry programs.

Presenters will provide information on the DEC’s Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) Grant Program and the importance of engaging other interested organizations to help fund and foster a successful program in your neck of the (urban) woods. Urban Forestry Partnership Coordinator Christina Mclaughlin will provide an overview of state and federal funding along with advice and tips for improving your grant applications. City of Watertown Planner, Mike DeMarco, will discuss Watertown’s experiences with the DEC’s UCF Grant Program and other local groups involved in helping to further Watertown’s urban forestry program. Matt Spitsen, Program Manager for Alliance for Community Trees from the Arbor Day Foundation will talk about the importance of partnerships, and how to find and build connections.

Registration on WebEx for this event is required: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=ee34aff17fb3844b4cb4f87f0b16adba4 



12:30 PMHow Your Community Can Engage with the Climate Smart Communities Program
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_L7uXxpfVQz-I0S0ELSDnyQ
Contact  Office of Climate Change
climatechange@dec.ny.gov
Location  Online

Please join us on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 12:30-2:00 p.m. for a NYSERDA webinar titled "How Your Community Can Engage with the Climate Smart Communities Program."

The webinar will provide an overview of the role of Climate Smart Communities certification as a high-impact action under the NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities Program. There will also be a panel discussion with speakers from three communities who will describe their journeys to becoming certified Climate Smart Communities.

Registration is required: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_L7uXxpfVQz-I0S0ELSDnyQ

• Agenda-CEC Workshop_May_18_2021_pcs.pdf



2:00 PMMarine Resources Advisory Council - East Setauket
https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/568.html
Contact  Stephanie Rekemeyer
stephanie.rekemeyer@dec.ny.gov
Location  WebEx Virtual Meeting

The next meeting will be held virtually using WebEx on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 2:00 pm.

Follow the instructions below to register for the virtual meeting:

Click on Marine Resources Advisory Council April 2021 Meeting. Enter your name and email address. If required, enter meeting password MRAC0421

Alternatively, you can dial into the meeting by calling (518) 549-0500 and entering Meeting ID # 185 949 9988.

Visit DEC's Public Participation website for additional information on how to participate in DEC virtual meetings.



6:00 PMVirtual Meeting - Former Bethlehem Steel Site (Lackawanna)
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/2...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

A virtual public meeting has been scheduled on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 6:00 PM via Webex (virtual platform) regarding a proposed remedy to address contamination related to the Former Bethlehem Steel Site #915009 (Lackawanna, Erie 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.



Wednesday - 5/19
1:00 PMReinstein Woods - Wild Wednesday
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

Together, kids and their parents or caregivers can enjoy a fun hour-long outdoor activity. 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

  • Pre-registration is required for ALL programs; call 716-683-5959 to register for an in-person program. For virtual programs, please register online at www.reinsteinwoods.org/events.
  • You must pre-register by phone; 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 for popular programs is limited to 3 people per party.
  • All participants are required to wear a mask; social distancing of 6 feet or more will be practiced whenever possible. 
  • 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 - 5/20
7:30 AMFive Rivers: I Bird NY :Citizen Science: Early Birders
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

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. Because of COVID, we will not be loaning any out this season. In case of inclement weather, these programs will be canceled.

Space is limited and registration is required. Call 518-475-0291 by the Monday prior to register.

For the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers, and in compliance with guidance from New York State, the New York State Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), social distancing practices must be followed. Masks must be worn throughout guided programs, while at a roving program, and on the trails whenever a 6-foot distance cannot be maintained between individuals or households.  



1:00 PMVirtual Public Comment Hearing - Rockland Co. Sewer District #1 Treatment Plant
https://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/122757.html
Contact  Michael Caruso, Administrative Law Judge

A legislative public comment hearing pursuant to 6 NYCRR part 624 to hear and receive unsworn comments from the public will be held on May 20, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. The hearing will be conducted electronically through the Webex Events electronic webinar platform.

To join the hearing through the internet, visit www.webex.com and click “Join a meeting.”

Event Number: 129 879 2232

Password: May20-1PM

To join by phone only:

Dial: 1-518-549-0500

Access Code: 129 879 2232

Persons wishing to comment on the final permit and the request for hearing will have the opportunity to make a statement at the public comment hearing webinar.  Any person wishing to provide a public statement must register in advance of the hearing no later than 4:00 p.m. Monday, May 18, 2021.  Any person may listen to the hearing by phone without pre-registration.

To register electronically: Persons who will login to the hearing electronically must register.  To register, visit http://www.webex.com, click “Join a meeting,” input the event number listed above, click “Register,” and fill in the requested information. You will be asked whether you wish to make a public statement or not.  After registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation by email with information about how to join the hearing.

To register by telephone: Any person who is not able to login electronically may participate by telephone. Call-in participants must register to speak in advance by calling the Department at 518-402-9003 no later than 4:00 p.m. Monday, May 18, 2021. Please provide your first and last name, address, email address if any, and telephone number and reference the Rockland County Sewer District #1 public comment hearing.

On the day and time of the hearing, use the phone access phone number, (518) 549-0500, and the appropriate access code listed above to join the hearing.

Written Public Comments: Written comments concerning the issued permit must be postmarked by Thursday, May 27, 2021 and mailed to Administrative Law Judge Michael S. Caruso at DEC’s Office of Hearings and Mediation Services, 1st Floor, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY, 12233-1550, or emailed to ALJ Caruso at ohms@dec.ny.gov by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 27, 2021. Written statements will be considered equally with oral statements given at the legislative hearing, provided they are postmarked by Thursday, May 27, 2021 or emailed by 5:00 p.m. on that date. 



4:30 PMFive Rivers: Family Fun: Outdoors After School
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 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.

For the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers, and in compliance with guidance from New York State, the New York State Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), social distancing practices must be followed. Masks must be worn throughout guided programs, while at a roving program, and on the trails whenever a 6-foot distance cannot be maintained between individuals or households.  



7:00 PMVirtual Angler Outreach Event - Lake Erie and Upper Niagara River Fisheries
http://on.ny.gov/reg9fishmeeting
Contact  Megan Gollwitzer
(716) 851-7201 Megan.Gollwitzer@dec.ny.gov
Location  Virtual Event

DEC is holding a a virtual meeting on Thursday, May 20, at 7 p.m. to provide an opportunity for the public to learn about the status of Lake Erie and Upper Niagara River fisheries.

Access the meeting here: http://on.ny.gov/reg9fishmeeting

"Lake Erie anglers are experiencing record fishing quality with unprecedented, once-in-a-generation walleye catch rates," said DEC Acting Regional Director Chad Staniszewski. "This annual meeting provides an excellent opportunity for anglers to interact directly with the biologists who study and manage Lake Erie and Niagara River fisheries and learn more about the strategies used to maintain these world-class fisheries."

This year's virtual meeting will be in a webinar format and feature updates on the area’s warm and cold water fisheries, the 2021 fishing forecast, a summary of emerging management issues, and a Lake Erie basin research update, followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer online chat session.



Friday - 5/21
 Brownfield App & Work Plan- Michigan-Best Development (Buffalo) 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 and Draft Remedial Investigation/Interim Remedial Measures/Alternatives Analysis Work Plan  for a site known as Michigan-Best Development, site ID #C915375. This site is located in the City of Buffalo within the County of Erie, and is located at 160, 162, 164, 166, and 168 Best Street, 1145 Michigan Avenue, and 81 Edna Place. Public comments about the application and draft work plan must be submitted by May 21, 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/C915375/

And, once reopened, at:

Buffalo & Erie County Library-Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Branch
1324 Jefferson Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14208



 Brownfield App. - 33-35 Norris Avenue Site (Buffalo) 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 33-35 Norris Avenue Site, site ID #C915372. This site is located in the City of Buffalo within the County of Erie, and is located at 33-35 Norris Avenue. Public comments about the application must be submitted by May 21, 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/C915372/

And, once reopened, at:

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library-North Park Branch
75 Hertel Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14216



10:00 AMRegenerate NY Cost Share Grant Program Application Webinar
https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/119950.html
Contact  Jason Drobnack, Program Coordinator
RegenNY@dec.ny.gov

This is a how-to webinar about the application process for Regenerate NY cost-share grants for forest landowners. 

View the webinar information on the Regenerate NY webpage for details and access information.


Saturday - 5/22
 Brownfield App & Work Plan - 1665 Stillwell Ave 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, Remedial Investigation Report, and Draft Remedial Action Work Plan for a site known as 1665 Stillwell Avenue, site ID #C224307. This site is located in the Borough of Brooklyn, within the County of Kings, and is located at 1665 Stillwell Avenue. Public comments about the application and draft work plan must be submitted by May 22, 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/C224307/

And, once reopened, at:

Brooklyn Public Library-Highlawn Branch
1664 West 13th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11223

Brooklyn Community Board 11
2214 Bath Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11214



10:00 AMReinstein Woods - Ribbit, Slither, Croak!
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

Discover snakes, turtles, frogs and salamanders as we explore the ponds and forests at Reinstein Woods. 

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

  • Pre-registration is required for ALL programs; call 716-683-5959 to register for an in-person program. For virtual programs, please register online at www.reinsteinwoods.org/events.
  • You must pre-register by phone; 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 for popular programs is limited to 3 people per party.
  • All participants are required to wear a mask; social distancing of 6 feet or more will be practiced whenever possible. 
  • 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.


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