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Week of 31 July, 2022
Sunday - 7/31
 Brownfield App. and Work Plan - 380 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 has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application and Draft Remedial Investigation Work Plan for a site known as 380 4th Avenue, site ID #C224358. This site is located in the Borough of Brooklyn, within the County of Kings, and is located at 374 4th Avenue. Public comments about the application must be submitted by July 31, 2022.

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/C224358/

And at:

Park Slope Library
431 6th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Brooklyn Community Board 6
250 Baltic Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201



 Draft Fish Creek Unit Management Plan Comment Deadline
https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/4979.html
Contact  Region 7 Forestry
r7.ump@dec.ny.gov

DEC invites the public to review and comment on a draft Unit Management Plan (UMP) for Fish Creek. The 3,464-acre unit includes KasoagKlondikeOrton Hollow, and Stone Hill State Forests, located in the towns of Amboy and Williamstown, Oswego County. The updated plan would guide the management of these properties over the next 10 years.

Highlights of the plan include:
  • designating 0.5 miles of existing accessible trail on Orton Hollow State Forest for motorized access by permit for visitors with mobility impairments; 
  • continuing partnerships with local snowmobile clubs to maintain snowmobile trail connection to the Tug Hill trail system; and 
  • implementing sustainable practices for forest management. 
DEC is accepting comments until Sunday, July 31, 2022, via email with the subject line "Fish Creek Unit" to R7.UMP@dec.ny.gov, and by mail to: Erin Jennings, Forester, NYSDEC, 2133 County Route 22, Altmar, NY 13302.


Monday - 8/1
2:00 PMFive Rivers:Monday Funday Explorers
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 a naturalist as we explore nature with an outdoor adventure every Monday! This program is for children in grades K-5 and their caregivers. Different program themes each week.

Call 518-475-0291 by the Friday beforehand to register.



Tuesday - 8/2
9:00 AMReinstein Woods - Summer Teacher Institute
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

This two-day workshop will train educators in place-based data collection and interpretation using the nationally recognized Project Learning Tree (PLT) and NASA’s Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) programs. Educators will become GLOBE-certified teachers and take home PLT’s new flagship curriculum, Explore Your Environment: K–8 Activity Guide, as well as a tool kit for schoolyard and community data collection. For educators of students in grades K–12. Twelve CTLE hours provided. $30 fee to cover program experiences. 

Register online at https://reinsteinwoods.org/explore/programs-services/educator-workshops/.  

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.
  • 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.


5:00 PMFree Learn-to-Fish Clinic at Van Cortlandt Lake (Bronx County)
https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27123.html
Contact  Steve Wong - DEC Region 2 Fisheries
718-482-4941

Learn how to fish for free with DEC from 5pm-7pm at Van Cortlandt Lake east of golf house. This free fishing clinic event, sponsored by DEC, offers participants the opportunity to practice basic fishing skills and learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics, aquatic ecology and more! Rods and reels will be available to borrow, and fishing bait will be provided. All ages are welcome to attend.

No freshwater fishing license or enrollment in the recreational marine fishing registry is required for participants during the event; however, all other statewide fishing regulations remain in effect.

Address/Directions: Van Cortlandt Park, 115 Van Cortlandt Park S, Bronx, NY 10471

Visit the Free Fishing Clinics page for additional information on this and other upcoming clinics.



Wednesday - 8/3
9:00 AMReinstein Woods - Summer Teacher Institute
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

This two-day workshop will train educators in place-based data collection and interpretation using the nationally recognized Project Learning Tree (PLT) and NASA’s Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) programs. Educators will become GLOBE-certified teachers and take home PLT’s new flagship curriculum, Explore Your Environment: K–8 Activity Guide, as well as a tool kit for schoolyard and community data collection. For educators of students in grades K–12. Twelve CTLE hours provided. $30 fee to cover program experiences. 

Register online at https://reinsteinwoods.org/explore/programs-services/educator-workshops/.  

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.
  • 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.


Thursday - 8/4
10:00 AMReinstein Woods - NASA’s GLOBE Land Cover Training
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

NIAGARA RIVER/LAKE ERIE (NRLE) CLASSROOM WORKSHOPS

These free workshops are designed to help educators dive into NGSS-aligned watershed education. NRLE Classroom teachers must attend a minimum of 2 summer workshops, but spaces are available for educators not participating in the full program. 3 CTLE Hours.

Register online at https://reinsteinwoods.org/explore/programs-services/educator-workshops/.  

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.
  • 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.


1:00 PMFive 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. Join volunteers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico in conserving monarchs and advancing the 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.

Call 518-475-0291 by the Saturday prior to register.



6:00 PMPublic Meeting -- Draft Neversink River Unit Management Plan
https://www.dec.ny.gov/press/125715.html
Contact  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
R3.UMP@dec.ny.gov

DEC Seeks Public Comment on Draft Neversink River Unit Management Plan
Public Comments on Proposed Management Plan Accepted Until Aug. 19

Public Meeting to be held on August 4th

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released the Draft Neversink River Unit Management Plan (UMP) for public comment. The plan guides the future uses and management of approximately 8,644 acres of DEC-managed public lands within the Neversink River Unit in the towns of Forestburgh, Highland, Mamakating, and Wawarsing.

DEC is holding a public meeting at the:

Sullivan County Legislative Meeting Room
Sullivan County Government Building 
100 North St 
Monticello NY 12701 

Date: Aug. 4, 2022 

Time: 6 to 8 p.m. 

Purpose: The public meeting will provide an opportunity to learn more about the proposed management actions in the draft UMP and public comments will be accepted following a presentation that provides an overview of the draft plan.

Proposed management actions will be guided by DEC's Strategic Plan for State Forest Management, which focuses on ecosystem health and diversity, economic benefits, recreational opportunities, forest conservation, and sustainable management.

Comments can be submitted by Aug. 19, 2022, by mail to DEC Division of Lands and Forests, 21 South Putt Corners Rd. New Paltz, NY 12561, and by email to R3.UMP@dec.ny.gov

Additional information is available on the DEC website.




Friday - 8/5
 Comment End - Draft Disadvantaged Communities Criteria - Climate Justice
https://www.dec.ny.gov/public/333.html
Contact  New York State DEC, Attn. Office of Environmental Justice
625 Broadway, 14th Floor, Albany, New York 12233

Comment End -- New York State Draft Disadvantaged Communities Criteria to Advance Climate Justice
 
Draft Criteria Developed by Climate Justice Working Group Released for 120-Day Public Comment Period
 

Climate Action Council’s Final Scoping Plan to Prioritize Emissions Reductions in Disadvantaged Communities
 
Draft Scoping Plan Currently Out for Public Comment and Review
 
New York State released draft criteria developed by the Climate Justice Working Group (CJWG) for identifying disadvantaged communities. The draft criteria will guide the equitable implementation of New York’s ambitious Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act). The draft includes an interactive map and a list of communities the criteria would cover for directing programs and projects to reduce air pollution and climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions, provide economic development opportunities, and target clean energy and energy efficiency investments. Criteria and methods for identifying disadvantaged communities will be reviewed annually.

 
DEC is accepting public comments until August 5, 2022, on the draft criteria and will hold at least six public hearings during the comment period. The draft criteria, community list, map, and supporting documentation are available on the New York State Climate Act website at https://climate.ny.gov/DAC-Criteria.
 
New Yorkers are encouraged to submit comments via:
1. the online public comment form,
2. email at DACComments@dec.ny.gov, or
3. U.S. Mail to Attention:
Draft DAC Comments
NYS DEC, Attn. Office of Environmental Justice
625 Broadway, 14th Floor
Albany NY 12233

Information about the public hearings will also be released. For more information visit DEC's Environmental Justice webpage.
 



Saturday - 8/6
 No Further Action Proposal - 222 S Ferry St. Site (Schenectady) 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 for no further action for the 222 South Ferry Street site #447047 (Schenectady, Schenectady County) within New York's State Superfund Program. Public comments about the proposal will be accepted through August 6, 2022.

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to learn about the no further action proposal and how to comment.

Project documents can be reviewed online at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/447047/

And at:

Schenectady Library
Reference Desk
99 Clinton Street
Schenectady, NY 12301
Phone: 518 388-4500 


 Proposed Cleanup - 138 Bruckner Boulevard Site (Bronx) 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 138 Bruckner Boulevard site #C203127 (Bronx, Bronx County) within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the proposal will be accepted through August 6, 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/C203127/

And at:

Bronx Public Library: Mott Haven Branch
321 East 140th Street,
Bronx, NY 10454
(718) 665-4878
motthaven@nypl.org

Bronx Community Board 1
3024 Third Avenue
Bronx, NY 10455
(718) 585-7117
brxcb1@optonline.net


9:45 AMFive Rivers:Nature Bus
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

In partnership with the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, NYSDEC, and others, CDTA is providing free bus service between the City of Albany and Five Rivers on select Saturdays this summer. Take part in a guided program or explore the trails and visitor center on your own.

Service to Five Rivers will be provided on July 9 and 23, August 6 and 20, and September 3 and 17 (Five Rivers Fall Festival).

· The bus arrives at Five Rivers from Albany at 9:49 AM, 12:09 PM and 2:29 PM.

· The bus departs from Five Rivers for Albany at 10:01 AM, 12:21 PM, 2:41 PM and 5:01 PM. Go to www.mohawkhudson.org/nature-bus for detailed information, including links to the bus route and schedule.



10:00 AMFive Rivers:Geocache Adventure
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

Wondering what the fuss is all about? Join us for a fun geocache-style treasure hunt on the trails. You will need to bring a phone with GPS (e.g., Google Maps). For children ages 10 and up, with an adult.

Space is limited. Call 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, August 3 to register.



 Reinstein Woods - Stories In the Woods
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

Enjoy hearing a nature story, followed by a guided walk in the woods. For children ages 3–7.

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.


 Free Fishing Event at Hempstead Lake State Park (Nassau County)
https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27123.html
Contact  Walter Burak - I Fish NY Coordinator
631-444-0283

Learn how to fish for free from 10 AM - 1 PM at Hempstead Lake State Park during the annual Summer Fishing Event. This free fishing clinic, sponsored by DEC's I FISH NY Program, offers participants the opportunity to learn how to cast a line while also learning about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics, aquatic ecology, and more! No fishing license is required and all bait and tackle will be provided.

Address/Directions: McDonald Pond, Hempstead Lake State Park, 1000 Lake Drive, West Hempstead, NY 11552

Visit the Free Fishing Clinics page for additional information on this and other upcoming clinic events.



1:00 PMReinstein Woods - Woods Walk: Nature Guide’s Choice
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 a guided nature walk through the woods. No registration required.

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:Geocache Adventure
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

Wondering what the fuss is all about? Join us for a fun geocache-style treasure hunt on the trails. You will need to bring a phone with GPS (e.g., Google Maps). For children ages 10 and up, with an adult.

Space is limited. Call 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, August 3 to register.



 Five Rivers:Geocache Adventure
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

Wondering what the fuss is all about? Join us for a fun geocache-style treasure hunt on the trails. You will need to bring a phone with GPS (e.g., Google Maps). For children ages 10 and up, with an adult.

Space is limited. Call 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, August 3 to register.



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