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Week of 21 August, 2022
Sunday - 8/21
2:00 PMFree Learn-to-Fish Clinic at Hempstead Lake State Park (Nassau County)
https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27123.html
Contact  Patrick Kaminski - NYS Parks
516-766-1029

Learn how to fish for free with DEC from 2:00PM- 3:30PM at McDonalds Pond in Hempstead Lake State Park. This free fishing clinic event, co-sponsored by DEC and NYS Parks, 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: 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 clinics.



Monday - 8/22
 Comment End -- DEC Proposal to Prohibit Glyphosate Use on State Properties
https://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/125410.html
Contact  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation -- Pesticides, Division of Materials Managment

Comment End -- DEC Proposes New Rules Prohibiting Glyphosate Use on State Properties --

Proposal Helps Transition Away from Glyphosate-Based Weed Killers

Public Comment Period on Proposed Regulation Ends Aug. 22, Virtual Public Hearing to be Held on Aug. 17

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced a proposed regulation to prohibit the use of glyphosate on State property to protect public health and environmental resources from exposure to this pesticide. In addition, as part of the proposed regulation, DEC will collect new data to help determine where and how much glyphosate products are used on State property, as well as the potential impacts these pesticides may have.
 
The proposed regulation, required by a recent amendment to New York’s Environmental Conservation Law, would prohibit State departments and agencies, public benefit corporations, and their contractors and subcontractors, from applying glyphosate on State properties under most circumstances. Critical use exemptions in the law include maintenance of critical infrastructure, management of roadside vegetation to ensure public safety, habitat management for the control of invasive species and pests of significant public health importance, noxious weeds injurious to ecosystem health, protection of critical native plant species, and research of glyphosate alternatives. The use of glyphosate under the appropriate circumstances and conditions is highly effective in meeting these control needs. However, under the proposed regulation, glyphosate can only be used on these State properties when there is no actual or significant threat of direct human exposure.

The proposal outlines the documentation required to meet these prerequisites. In addition, the proposed regulation establishes reporting and recordkeeping procedures to assist DEC in its responsibilities to report glyphosate use by State departments and agencies, public benefit corporations, and their contractors or subcontractors on State property.

The comment period on the draft regulation ends on Aug. 22, 2022. DEC will also hold a virtual public hearing at 1 P.M. on Aug. 17. Information on how to participate in the hearing is available on the DEC website. The public is encouraged to submit comments in writing to NYSDEC, Pesticide Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Section, Bureau of Pesticides Management, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-7254, or by email to: glyphosateregs@dec.ny.gov.

This follows DEC actions earlier this year to protect public health and the environment by restricting the use of products containing the neonicotinoid (“neonic”) insecticides imidacloprid, thiamethoxam, and acetamiprid to help prevent potentially harmful exposure to honeybees and other beneficial insects. DEC is reclassifying certain products containing these neonic insecticides as "restricted use" to ensure applications are limited to trained pesticide applicators in specific situations.

Read more about DEC's pesticides program.




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 - 8/23
 Proposed Cleanup - Former NuHart East 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 Former NuHart East site #C224287 (Brooklyn, Kings County) within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the proposal will be accepted through August 23, 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/C224287/ 

And at:

Brooklyn Public Library - Greenpoint Branch
107 Norman Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 389-4394

Brooklyn Public Library - Williamsburg Branch
240 Division Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 486-6006

Brooklyn Community Board 1
435 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 389-0009


9:00 AMFive Rivers:Early Childhood Workshop
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

This two-day workshop is for educators who work with children in grades pre-K–2. Through hands-on experience and discussion, participants will be introduced to three different sets of curricula that get young children excited about exploring the natural world: Growing Up WILD (Project WILD), Getting Little Feet Wet (Project WET), and Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood (Project Learning Tree).

 Participants will receive a copy of each manual.

CTLE hours = 13.

 A $15 fee covers refreshments.

 Space is limited. Register online at https://forms.gle/XCaSUpvxew9Ewdw46.



 Capitol District Early Childhood Experiences Workshop
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSczIXrNFUHESuciVMI...
Contact  5 Rivers EEC Staff
5Rivers@dec.ny.gov
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

Cost: $15 for refreshments

CTLE credit available: 13 hours

BOTH days required.

Participants will engage in all early childhood curricula from Projects Learning Tree, WILD, and WET.

  • PLT's Early Childhood Experiences (2019)
  • Growing Up WILD
  • Getting Little Feet WET

Participants will also learn about outdoor classroom management skills, tips for working with this young age group, and how to build critical thinking skills into early childhood learning. 

Register online at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSczIXrNFUHESuciVMIMp0Hkw5Mx9ssTe8pIBxrm9YWM9k0MBw/viewform

For more information, call 5 Rivers staff at 518-475-0291 or email 5rivers@dec.ny.gov



10:00 AMFive Rivers:Connect to Nature with a Pond Sketch
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 artist Noreen Powell pond-side at Five Rivers and create your own sketch or painting, en plein air.

Find details, including fees and registration information, at www.friendsoffiverivers.org.



10:30 AMReinstein Woods - Creek Critters at Amherst State Park
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 what amazing animals are lurking underwater in Ellicott Creek. For children ages 7–12 and their caregivers. Note: This program takes place at Amherst State Park. 

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.


5:00 PMFree Learn-to-Fish Clinic at Willowbrook Lake (New York County)
https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27123.html
Contact  Steven Wong - DEC Region 2 Office
FWFISH2@dec.ny.gov

Learn how to fish for free from 5:00PM-7:00PM at Willowbrook Lake, New York County. This free fishing clinic event, sponsored by DEC offers participants the opportunity to practice fishing and learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics, aquatic ecology and more!

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

Address/Directions: Willowbrook Lake, 1 Eton Place, Staten Island, NY 10314 (southwest corner near the carosel)

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



Wednesday - 8/24
 Comment Deadline Proposed Parts 360-366, 369, 371, 377
https://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/125274.html
Contact  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation -- Division of Materials Management

Comment Deadline: August 24, 2022

Submitting Written Comments
The public comment period begins on May 18, 2022. The public is invited to submit written comments on the proposed Part 360 rulemaking through August 24, 2022. Written comments can be submitted by:

• Email to solidwasteregulations@dec.ny.gov. Please include "Comments on Proposed Part 360" in the subject line of the email; or
• By mail to the NYS DEC, Division of Materials Management, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-7253



 Capitol District Early Childhood Experiences Workshop
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSczIXrNFUHESuciVMI...
Contact  5 Rivers EEC Staff
5Rivers@dec.ny.gov
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

Cost: $15 for refreshments

CTLE credit available: 13 hours

BOTH days required.

Participants will engage in all early childhood curricula from Projects Learning Tree, WILD, and WET.

  • PLT's Early Childhood Experiences (2019)
  • Growing Up WILD
  • Getting Little Feet WET

Participants will also learn about outdoor classroom management skills, tips for working with this young age group, and how to build critical thinking skills into early childhood learning. 

Register online at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSczIXrNFUHESuciVMIMp0Hkw5Mx9ssTe8pIBxrm9YWM9k0MBw/viewform

For more information, call 5 Rivers staff at 518-475-0291 or email 5rivers@dec.ny.gov



9:00 AMFive Rivers:Early Childhood Workshop
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

This two-day workshop is for educators who work with children in grades pre-K–2. Through hands-on experience and discussion, participants will be introduced to three different sets of curricula that get young children excited about exploring the natural world: Growing Up WILD (Project WILD), Getting Little Feet Wet (Project WET), and Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood (Project Learning Tree).

 Participants will receive a copy of each manual.

CTLE hours = 13.

 A $15 fee covers refreshments.

 Space is limited. Register online at https://forms.gle/XCaSUpvxew9Ewdw46.



7:00 PMVirtual Public Meeting - Pemart Avenue MGP Site (Peekskill)
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/3...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

A virtual public meeting has been scheduled on August 24, 2022 at 7:00 PM via Webex (virtual platform) to discuss the upcoming cleanup activities about to begin at the Pemart Avenue MGP Site #360166 (Peekskill, Westchester County), within New York’s Manufactured Gas Plant Program. 

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to learn more about the cleanup and how to participate in the meeting.


Thursday - 8/25
7:30 AMFive Rivers:I Bird NY- Early Morning Bird Walks
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 birds of Five Rivers, including the fall 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.

For more information, call 518-475-0291.



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.



5:00 PMFree Learn-to-Fish Clinic at Willowbrook Lake (New York County)
https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27123.html
Contact  Steven Wong - DEC Region 2 Office
FWFISH2@dec.ny.gov

Learn how to fish for free from 5:00PM-7:00PM at Willowbrook Lake, New York County. This free fishing clinic event, sponsored by DEC offers participants the opportunity to practice fishing and learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics, aquatic ecology and more!

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

Address/Directions: Willowbrook Lake, 1 Eton Place, Staten Island, NY 10314 (southwest corner near the carosel)

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



Friday - 8/26
 BCP Amendment App. - 210 Douglass Street 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) major amendment application for a site known as 210 Douglass Street, site ID #C224316. This site is located in the Gowanus neighborhood of the Borough of Brooklyn within the County of Kings, and is located at 198 and 210 Douglass Street and 261 Bond Street. Public comments about the application must be submitted by August 26, 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/C224316/ 

And at:

Brooklyn Community Board 6
250 Baltic Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201-6401

Brooklyn Public Library - Carroll Gardens Branch
396 Clinton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231



 BCP Amendment App. - 563 Sackett Street 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) major amendment application and Draft Interim Remedial Measures Work Plan for a site known as 563 Sackett Street, site ID #C224222. This site is located in the Borough of Brooklyn within the County of Kings, and is located at 560 Degraw Street and 553 Sackett Street. Public comments about the application must be submitted by August 26, 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/C224222/

And at:

Brooklyn Community Board 6
250 Baltic Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201-6401

Brooklyn Public Library - Pacific Branch
25 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217


 Proposed Cleanup - Eldre Corporation Site (Rochester) 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 Eldre Corporation site #C828182 (Rochester, Monroe County) within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the proposal will be accepted through August 26, 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/C828182/ 

And at:

Henrietta Public Library
625 Calkins Road
Henrietta, New York 14623
585-359-7092

NYSDEC Region 8 Office
6274 East Avon-Lima Road
Avon, New York 14414
585-226-5354 


Saturday - 8/27
10:00 AMFive Rivers:Family Fun Wildlife Tales
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 for story time and meet one of the animals that lives at the Five Rivers visitor center. We’ll take a walk on the trails and looks for signs of wildlife. For children ages 2–6, with an adult.

 Space is limited. Call 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, August 24 to register.



 Reinstein Woods - Restoration 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

Learn how Reinstein Woods is transforming an area dominated by invasive plants into a restored native ecosystem. Take home tips for native plantings and invasive species removal. 

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:Family Fun Nature Play
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

There’s no better time than summer to have fun in nature’s playground. We’ll play some summer camp-style, nature-themed games in the field and on the trails at Five Rivers. For children ages 7–12, with an adult.

Space is limited. Call 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, August 24 to register.



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