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Week of 20 June, 2021
Sunday - 6/20
 Draft Investigation Plan - 1036 Manhattan Ave Site (Brooklyn) 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 draft plan to investigate contamination related to the 1036 Manhattan Ave BCP Site #C224315 (Brooklyn, Kings County) within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the draft plan will be accepted through June 20, 2021.

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/C224315/

And, once reopened, at:

Brooklyn Public Library – Greenpoint Branch
107 Norman Avenue at Leonard Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 389-4394

Borough Community Board No. 1
435 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 389-0009



Monday - 6/21
 Proposed Whelk Harvesting Regulation Change Comment Deadline
https://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/106216.html
Contact  Kim McKown
fw.marine@dec.ny.gov

The rule would establish a minimum size limit of five and one-half inches shell length or three inches shell width, require the use of bait bags, establish gear marking, buoy line, pot size and daytime hauling requirements and restrict the placement of whelk pots near navigation channels. In addition, the proposed rule clarifies that marine and coastal district food fish and crustacea dealers and shippers license holders must report purchases of marine food fish, crustacea, horseshoe crabs and whelks from harvesters consistent with requirements currently in place in 6 NYCRR Parts 40 and 44. 

For complete text of the rule, visit DEC's Marine Resources Regulation Revisions webpage. 

Comment period is open through June 21, 2021.

Send written comments to:
Kim McKown
New York State, Department of Environmental Conservation
205 Belle Mead Road, Suite 1
East Setauket, NY 11733

By email to fw.marine@dec.ny.gov



7:00 PMFive Rivers: National Pollinator Week: Flowers of the Solstice
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 should you do if you find a five-leaf clover? When is it dangerous to dream of daisies? Does any culture value dandelions? Does heal-all heal all? The valued cultivated plants our ancestors brought to the Americas are now a familiar part of our wild landscape. On this exploratory stroll, we will search out some of these flora pioneers and, hopefully, find answers to our questions.

Space is limited and registration is required. Call 518-475-0291 by Friday, June 18, 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.  



Tuesday - 6/22
12:00 PMReinstein Woods - Virtual Program: Pollinator Gardening 101
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 how choosing the right plants can benefit wildlife while also beautifying your yard and learn tips for attracting and supporting pollinators.

We welcome those who have any type of physical challenge to all our programs. If you call ahead (716-683-5959) 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. For virtual programs, please register online at www.reinsteinwoods.org/events.
  • Participants will be emailed a link for the presentation.
  • We cannot accommodate organized youth/civic groups at these programs. Please call to make other arrangements.


Wednesday - 6/23
12:00 PMDEC Climate Justice Working Group to Meet
https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=ed66326b...
Location  Online / Virtual

DEC CLIMATE JUSTICE WORKING GROUP TO MEET
 
What: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) 13-member Climate Justice Working Group, established under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, June 23. The Climate Justice Working Group is tasked with establishing criteria for identifying disadvantaged communities for the purposes of co-pollutant reductions, greenhouse gas emissions reductions, regulatory impact statements, and the allocation of investments pursuant to the CLCPA.

When: Wednesday, June 23, 12 P.M. ET

Where:
https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=ed66326b1a34ab9cb0ea33b3dc0838323
 
Audio: Dial 1+1-518-549-0500 Access code: 161 085 2590#
 
Additional Information: This meeting will also be recorded and posted on the Climate Act website within three days, or as soon as practicable.
 



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.


6:30 PMVirtual Meeting on Baxtertown Woods WMA Habitat Management Plan
https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/86233.html
Contact  Wendy Rosenbach
Phone: 845-256-3018, email: wildlife.r3@dec.ny.gov

NYSDEC will hold a virtual public information session on a recently finalized habitat management plan for Baxtertown Woods Wildlife Management Area (WMA) located in the town of Fishkill, Dutchess County.

The event will feature a presentation that discusses the WMA’s history, habitat goals, and planned management actions, followed by a question and answer period. This presentation will also be recorded and made available to the public afterward. The full management plan can also be viewed at the webpage above.

Please register for the presentation online. Questions can be typed into the chat box during the presentation, or questions can be emailed to us.

For more information or any specific requests for accommodation, contact Wendy Rosenbach at (845) 256-3018.



Thursday - 6/24
12:00 PMFacebook LIVE - Bear-Safe Camping
https://www.facebook.com/watch/NYSDEC/
Location  Online / Virtual

Tune in for a LIVE Q&A with DEC Biologists Katrina Talbot and Dave Kramer on how to safely camp while reducing the chance of a bear conflict. 

Additional information on New York's black bears >>



12:45 PMInstagram Live - Bear-Safe Camping
https://www.instagram.com/nysdec/
Location  Online / Virtual

Tune in for a Live Q&A with DEC Biologists Katrina Talbot and Dave Kramer on how to safely camp while reducing the chance of a bear conflict. 

Additional information on New York's black bears >>



1:00 PMFive Rivers: Citizen Community Science: Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP)
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

Take part in ongoing research on monarch butterflies. For more than 15 years, we have collected data at Five Rivers and contributed to the University of Minnesota’s continent-wide citizen science project. The goal of the MLMP is to better understand how and why monarch populations vary, with a focus on their distribution and abundance during the breeding season in North America (Canada, Mexico, and United States). Go to monarchjointventure.org/mlmp to learn more about the project.

For this program, meet at the pavilion near the main parking lot.

Please call 518-475-0291 by the Monday  before the program to register



 Five Rivers: Citizen Science: Monarch Larva Monitoring
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

For more than 15 years, data collected at Five Rivers has been contributed to this continent-wide citizen science project conducted through the University of Minnesota. You can join volunteers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico in conserving monarchs and advancing understanding of butterfly ecology and migration in general. Wear long pants and bring a sun hat and water. We will meet at the visitor center. Go to www.mlmp.org to learn about the project.

Space is limited and registration is required. Call 518-475-0291 by the Saturday 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.  



8:00 PMReinstein Woods - Pollinator Full 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

Discover who is feasting on nectar at night as we celebrate Pollinator Awareness Week and the full moon.

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.


Friday - 6/25
 Brownfield App. & Work Plan - Former Just4Wheels 2 (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 and Draft Remedial Investigation Work Plan for a site known as the Former Just4Wheels Site 2, site ID #C224326. This site is located in the Borough of Brooklyn, within the County of Kings and is located at 93 Gerry Street. Public comments about the application and draft work plan must be submitted by June 25, 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/C224326/

And, once reopened, at:

Brooklyn Community Board 1
435 Graham Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211



 Brownfield App. - 2435 Pacific Street 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 for a site known as 2435 Pacific Street, site ID #C224322. This site is located in the Borough of Brooklyn within the County of Kings, and is located at 2435 Pacific Street. Public comments about the application must be submitted by June 25, 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/C224322/

And, once reopened, at:

Brooklyn Public Library - Brownsville Branch
61 Glenmore Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11212



 Draft Investigation Plan - US Polychemical Corp (Spring Valley) 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 draft plan to investigate contamination related to the US Polychemical Corporation, site ID #C344081 (Spring Valley, Rockland County) within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the draft plan will be accepted through June 25, 2021.

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/C344081/

And, once reopened, at:

Finkelstein Memorial Library
24 Chestnut Street
Spring Valley, NY 10977
(845) 352-5700



 Proposed Remedy - Saint-Gobain McCaffrey St. (Hoosick Falls) Comment Deadline
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/2...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

Proposed Remedy - Saint-Gobain McCaffrey St. Site (Hoosick Falls) Comment Deadline

DEC invites the public to comment about a the proposed plan for a permanent water source to address perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) contamination related to the Saint-Gobain McCaffrey St. Site #442046 (Hoosick Falls, Rensselaer County) within New York's State Superfund Program. Public comments about the proposal will be accepted through June 25, 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/442046/

And, once reopened, at:

Village of Hoosick Falls Library
73 Classic Street
Hoosick Falls, NY 12090
(518) 686-9401



10:00 AMFacebook LIVE - Seining on the Hudson
https://www.facebook.com/watch/NYSDEC/
Location  Online / Virtual

Join DEC educators and local college interns for seining on the Hudson! We will be trying to catch fish from the Hudson River using a 25-foot seine net. This is part of a continuing series of seining posts throughout the summer, as a part of DEC'S Virtual River series. 

For more information about the Virtual River series, including educator tools and lesson plans >>



Saturday - 6/26
 Proposed Cleanup - 2413 Third Avenue Site (Bronx) 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 2413 Third Avenue, site ID #C203137 (Bronx, Bronx County) within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the proposal will be accepted through June 26, 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/C203137/

And, once reopened, at:

Mott Haven Library
321 East 140th Street
Bronx, NY 10454
(718) 665-4878

Bronx Community Board 1
3024 Third Avenue
Bronx, NY 10455
(718) 585-7117



 Free Fishing Weekend in New York State
https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89821.html
Contact  fwfish@dec.ny.gov

During Free Fishing Weekends, anyone can fish the fresh waters of New York State and no fishing license is required! 

All other freshwater fishing regulations still apply.

Use NYS Free Fishing Days to:

  • Try fishing for the first time.
  • Haven't fished in a while? Remember the joy of catching a fish again for free!
  • Become an ambassador to the sport; take a friend fishing for the first time.
  • Invite a friend to New York to fish.
  • Take a spouse or significant other fishing.
  • Take the family fishing...and don't forget the grandparents!


9:00 AMFive Rivers: Outdoors Day - How to Do It: Fishing
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

Celebrate one of New York State’s free fishing weekends by joining us for a parent and child catch-and-release fishing clinic. Staff from DEC's Division of Fish and Wildlife will share information about fishing equipment, techniques, regulations, consumption advisories, and good places to fish. Bring gear if you've got it; we have a limited number of rods and reels available for loan.

Space is limited and registration is required. Call 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, June 23, 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.  



9:45 AMFive Rivers: The Nature Bus Connects You with Five Rivers
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

Hop on the free Nature Bus in Albany every Saturday to enjoy scenic outdoor walks or programs at Five Rivers and other natural areas in Albany County. Stay for the day or visit multiple locations along the bus route.

Route details, including the schedule and destinations, can be found on CDTA’s website



10:00 AMReinstein Woods - Intro to Orienteering
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 everything you need to know to enjoy the multiple orienteering courses in Western New York.

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.


2:00 PMFive Rivers: Outdoors Day - Let's Go Camping
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

Stop by our information table and learn about camping all over New York State. We will have one of DEC’s recreation specialists on hand to answer any questions you might have and make recommendations.

Social distancing and mask wearing are required. Call 518-475-0291 if you have any questions..

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.  



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