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Week of 15 May, 2022
Sunday - 5/15
No Scheduled Events
Monday - 5/16
7:30 PMReinstein Woods - Full Flower Moon Walk
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 for an evening walk through the woods as we look for nocturnal critters.

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. 
  • Registration is limited to two programs/month. If you want to sign up for additional programs, you will be added to the waitlist. No limit for virtual programs.
  • Social distancing and mask protocols are subject to change with current COVID guidelines.
  • If you or a family member feels ill, is waiting for COVID test results or have COVID symptoms, please stay at home.
  • 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.


Tuesday - 5/17
11:00 AMWQIP/NPG Grant Virtual Public Meeting
https://www.dec.ny.gov/pubs/grants.html
Contact  NYSDEC - Division of Water
water@dec.ny.gov
Location  Online / Virtual

Join Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Water grants staff on Tuesday, May 17 at 11:00 AM for a live overview of two grant opportunities: the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) program, and the Non-Agricultural Nonpoint Source Planning and Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Mapping Grant (NPG). Time will be provided for questions and answers.

WQIP is a competitive, reimbursement grant program that funds projects that directly improve water quality or aquatic habitat, or protect a drinking water source. Eligible project types are wastewater treatment improvement, non-agricultural nonpoint source abatement and control, land acquisition for source water protection, salt storage, aquatic connectivity restoration, and marine habitat restoration.

NPG is a competitive, reimbursement grant program that funds planning reports for nonpoint source water quality improvement projects and mapping of MS4s.

Register for the May 17 webinar.



12:00 PMInclusivity, Accessibility, and Sustainability in the Outdoors
https://meetny-broadcast-pilot.webex.com/meetny-broadcast-p...
Contact  accessibility@dec.ny.gov 518-402-9295
Location  Online / Virtual

Lunchtime Virtual Public Forum Series

Introduction by Kimberly T. Hill, Chief Disability Officer, Office of NYS Governor Kathy Hochul

This two-part webinar series will provide an overview of relevant federal regulations and standards on access to public lands by people with disabilities to inform public discourse in New York State. Janet Zeller, a national expert on accessibility of outdoor recreation, will give a presentation on each topic, followed by a discussion period facilitated by the Accessibility Advisory Committee to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Adirondack Park Agency (APA).

PART II

Sustainable Trails and Accessibility: How to keep our wild lands wild while being more inclusive

Tuesday, May 17, Noon-1:30pm

This session will provide an overview of accessible and sustainable trail design and how to integrate sustainability and accessibility in keeping with the federal standards for accessible trails. Integration of these factors results in trails that reduce environmental impacts and open the outdoors to hikers of all abilities while maintaining the character of the trail and reducing trail maintenance.

Presenter: Janet Zeller. Discussion facilitator: Lisa Tarricone- Member, Accessibility Advisory Committee; Executive Director, Taconic Resources for Independent Living, Poughkeepsie, NY.

Register for the May 17th Webex

American Sign Language interpretation and closed captioning will be available at each session. Please let us know how else we may accommodate your participation by submitting a request with your registration by April 27.

Please email accessibility@dec.ny.gov or call 518.402.9295 with any questions.



1:30 PMFacebook LIVE - Personal Safety on the Trail
https://www.facebook.com/watch/NYSDEC/
Contact  Betsy Ukeritis
r678ed@dec.ny.gov
Location  Online / Virtual

Join DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officer (ECO) Grose & Forest Ranger Allwine for a Facebook LIVE, where they will share tips for situational awareness and personal safety while hiking on trails, and offer tips for what to do if you encounter aggressive wildlife or even domestic dogs.

For additional information about staying safe while outdoors >>



2:00 PMMarine Resources Advisory Council Meeting - Kings Park
https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/568.html
Contact  Stephanie Rekemeyer
stephanie.rekemeyer@dec.ny.gov
Location  NYSDEC Division of Marine Resources, 123 Kings Park Blvd. (Nissequogue River State Park) Kings Park, New York, 11754 - Map

Marine Resources Advisory Council (MRAC) was established to review proposed regulations for management of marine fisheries and to make recommendations on plans, policies, and programs affecting marine fisheries and on other issues affecting he protection and utilization of New York's valuable finfish and shellfish resources.

Meetings are held in-person at DEC Division of Marine Resources located at 123 Kings Park Blvd, Kings Park, NY.

The livestream audio from this meeting is available for your convenience. Participants joining online or by phone are limited to listening only.
Join online: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=e5b1e7adbc8de0aa7762dbc4899befe81
Event Password: MRAC51722

Listen-in by calling 1-518-549-0500
Enter the Access Code: 161 894 0969




2:30 PMInstagram Live - Personal Safety on the Trail
https://www.instagram.com/nysdec/
Contact  Betsy Ukeritis
r678ed@dec.ny.gov
Location  Online / Virtual

Join DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officer (ECO) Grose & Forest Ranger Allwine for an Instagram Live, where they will share tips for situational awareness and personal safety while hiking on trails, and offer tips for what to do if you encounter aggressive wildlife or even domestic dogs.

For additional information about staying safe while outdoors >>



Wednesday - 5/18
12:00 PMWebinar: Telling your story: the power of storytelling in grant applications
https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=e7baeff8...
Contact  urbanforestry@dec.ny.gov

Telling your story: the power of storytelling in grant applications - May 18 Webinar, 12 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Telling the story of the projects you want to bring to life is a critical component of grant applications that many struggle with. Join us to hear about the Arbor Day Foundations T.R.E.E. proposals which use community stories to find donors for projects, and about two successful local case studies in the communities of Mamaroneck and Newburgh

Registration is free but required in advance at: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=e7baeff8e66df2e4efce36baf2f0f4f8b



6:00 PMPublic Hearing on Draft Disadvantaged Communities Criteria -- Long Island
https://www.dec.ny.gov/press/125281.html
Location  Online / Virtual

New York State Public Hearing on Draft Disadvantaged Communities Criteria -- Long Island (Online/Virtual)


Criteria to Guide Equitable Implementation of State’s Ambitious Climate Law
 
May and June In-Person and Virtual Hearings to Provide Public Opportunities to Share Input on Draft Criteria
 

Comments Accepted Until July 7, 2022
 
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in partnership with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), will hold 11 public hearings across the state to receive public input on draft disadvantaged communities criteria and advance the finalization of criteria to help guide the implementation of the State's nation-leading Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.
 
New York’s Climate Justice Working Group (CJWG), which consists of representatives from environmental justice groups from across the State and representatives of several State agencies, voted in December to release the draft criteria for identifying disadvantaged communities for public review. The Draft Disadvantaged Communities Criteria Public Comment Period commenced in March with a 120-day public comment period that ends July 7, 2022.
 
The criteria are based on geographic, public health, environmental hazard, and socioeconomic factors, and once approved, will be used to help meet the directives of the Climate Act related to reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as to inform regulatory impact statements and the State's clean energy and energy efficiency investments. 
 
Public Hearing  
 


Event: Long Island    

Location: WebEx  

Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at 6 p.m.  

Call In Number: 1-518-549-0500
Event Password: DAC-2022 (32202022 from phones)
Event Number: 2346 453 2409

Please check the DEC calendar of events to confirm if the Public Hearing in your area of the state is in-person or online/virtual.
 
All persons, organizations, corporations, and government entities are encouraged to attend the public hearings and submit oral or written comments. Each participant will be given two minutes to provide public comment. Lengthy statements should be submitted in writing and summarized for oral presentation. PowerPoint presentations are not allowed, but individuals may provide written supporting documents or visuals. 
 
If in-person hearings cannot be held due to changing COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, hearings will shift to virtual at the same date and time. Pre-registration for virtual hearings is strongly encouraged but not required. 
 
Priority in speaking will be given to those who pre-register based on their place of residence for the regional hearings. Individuals can pre-register using the WebEx link for the meeting. All hearings will be professionally recorded and transcribed as part of the official record and posted on the Climate Act website.
 
Members of the public who want to provide oral comments must attend either in-person or join a virtual hearing. Equal weight will be given to oral and written statements.
 
The virtual public hearings will include live closed captioning. American sign language and language interpretive services shall be made available upon written request at no charge. Requests for interpretation must be received at least 10 days before the hearing date. Requests for interpretation should be directed by mail to NYSDEC, Office of Communication Services, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-4500), by telephone (518-402-8044), or by email (language@dec.ny.gov). 
 
Written comments can be submitted through July 7, 2022, via the online public comment form, Draft Disadvantaged Communities Criteria Public Comment Period , via email to DACComments@dec.ny.gov, or via U.S. Mail to Attention: Draft DAC Comments, NYS DEC, Attn. Office of Environmental Justice, 625 Broadway, 14th Floor, Albany NY 12233.
 
For more information about the Climate Justice Working Group, visit the Climate Act website.
New York State's nation-leading climate agenda is the most aggressive climate and clean energy initiative in the nation, calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues fostering a green economy as New York State recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Enshrined into law through the Climate Act, New York is on a path to achieve its mandate of a zero-emission electricity sector by 2040, including 70 percent renewable energy generation by 2030, and to reach economy-wide carbon neutrality. It builds on New York's unprecedented investments to ramp-up clean energy including over $33 billion in 102 large-scale renewable and transmission projects across the state, $6.8 billion to reduce buildings emissions, $1.8 billion to scale up solar, more than $1 billion for clean transportation initiatives, and over $1.6 billion in NY Green Bank commitments. Combined, these investments are supporting nearly 158,000 jobs in New York's clean energy sector in 2020, a 2,100 percent growth in the distributed solar sector since 2011 and a commitment to develop 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2035. Under the Climate Act, New York will build on this progress and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent from 1990 levels by 2050, while ensuring that at least 35 percent with a goal of 40 percent of the benefits of clean energy investments are directed to disadvantaged communities, and advance progress towards the state's 2025 energy efficiency target of reducing on-site energy consumption by 185 trillion BTUs of end-use energy savings. 
 



Thursday - 5/19
7:30 AMFive Rivers: 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. 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.



4:30 PMFive Rivers: Outdoors Afterschool
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.



Friday - 5/20
 Draft Investigation Plan - 950 5th Street Site (Watervliet) Comment Deadline
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/3...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

DEC invites the public to comment about a draft plan to investigate contamination related to the 950 5th Street site #C401082 (Watervliet, Albany County) within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the draft plan will be accepted through May 20, 2022.

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

Project documents can be reviewed online at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/C401082/

And at:

William K. Sanford Town Library
629 Albany Shaker Road
Loudonville, NY 12211
(518) 458-9274



 Draft Investigation Plan - Klein Cleaners Site (Locust Valley) Comment Deadline
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/3...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

DEC invites the public to comment about a draft plan to investigate contamination related to the Klein Cleaners Site #C130243 (Locust Valley, Nassau County) within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the draft plan will be accepted through May 20, 2022.

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

Project documents can be reviewed online at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/C130243/

And at:

Locust Valley Library
Kathleen Ray Smith, Director
170 Buckram Road
(516) 671-1837
Locust Valley, NY 11560



1:00 PMFacebook LIVE - Seining at Norrie Point
https://www.facebook.com/watch/NYSDEC/
Location  Online / Virtual

Join DEC educators from Norrie Point Environmental Center for a bit of springtime seining in the Hudson River, where they will examine and discuss the different creatures they find in their nets. 



Saturday - 5/21
 Draft Investigation Plan - Best DDK Cleaners Site (LIC) Comment Deadline
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/3...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

DEC invites the public to comment about a draft plan to investigate contamination related to the Best DDK Cleaners site #C241126 (Long Island City, Queens County) within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the draft plan will be accepted through May 21, 2022.

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

Project documents can be reviewed online at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/C241126/

And at:

Queens Public Library – Long Island City Branch
37-44 21st St.
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 752-3700

Queens Community Board 1
45-02 Ditmars Blvd., Suite 1025
Astoria, NY 11105
(718) 626-1021



 Proposed Cleanup - 272 4th Avenue Site (Brooklyn) Comment Deadline
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/3...
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 272 4th Avenue site #C224298 (Brooklyn, Kings County) within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the proposal will be accepted through May 21, 2022.

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/C224298/

And at:

Brooklyn Public Library – Park Slope Branch
431 6th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 832-1853

Brooklyn Community Board 6
250 Baltic Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 643-3027
Infobkc6@gmail.com



 Proposed Cleanup - 351 Franklin Street Site (Olean) Comment Deadline
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/3...
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 351 Franklin Street Site #C905047 (Olean, Cattaraugus County) within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the proposal will be accepted through May 21, 2022.

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/C905047/

And at:

Olean Public Library
Kim Mahar
134 North 2nd Street
Olean, NY 14760
716-372-0200



 Proposed Cleanup - Block 417 New Rochelle Site (New Rochelle) Comment Deadline
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/3...
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 Block 417 New Rochelle site #C360216 (New Rochelle, Westchester County) within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the proposal will be accepted through May 21, 2022.

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/C360216/

And at:

New Rochelle Public Library
1 Library Plaza
New Rochelle, NY 10801
(914) 632-7878



9:00 AMFree Fishing Clinics at the annual Otselic Fishing and Heritage Day (Chenango)
https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27123.html
Contact  Jim Everard - NYSDEC Cortland Office
607-753-3095, ext. 401

Learn how to fish for free during the Otselic Valley Fishing and Heritage Day event in South Otselic, Chenango County. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Trout Unlimited Chenango Valley Chapter will conduct two separate fishing clinics during this event at the DEC South Otselic Fish Hatchery from 9:00AM -11:30AM and 12:30PM - 3:00PM.  In addition to learning how to fish, participants will learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics, aquatic ecology, and more! Bait and spincasting rods will be provided.

Location/Directions: South Otselic Fish Hatchery, Route 26, South Otselic, NY 13155

Visit the Free Fishing Clinics page for more information on this and other upcoming events held statewide.



10:00 AMFive Rivers: Guided Walk: Vlomankill Trail
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

We’ll follow the Vlomankill Trail as it meanders along the path of the stream whose name the trail bears, through a ravine carved out over millennia by the moving water. Along the way, we’ll watch for signs of wildlife, large and small, that call this area of Five Rivers home. Space is limited.

 Call 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, May 18 to register.



1:00 PMReinstein Woods - Woods Walk: Trees in Spring
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

Now that the leaves are out, join a walk to learn about our local trees.

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. 
  • Registration is limited to two programs/month. If you want to sign up for additional programs, you will be added to the waitlist. No limit for virtual programs.
  • Social distancing and mask protocols are subject to change with current COVID guidelines.
  • If you or a family member feels ill, is waiting for COVID test results or have COVID symptoms, please stay at home.
  • 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.


2:00 PMFive Rivers: Guided Walk: Apple of my Eye
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

What we know as Five Rivers today was once farmland, dominated by orchards. We’ll take a walk in search of remnant apple trees from those early days, and look for other signs of the farms as we go.

Call 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, May 18 to register.



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