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Week of 17 October, 2021
Sunday - 10/17
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Monday - 10/18
1:00 PMFive Rivers: Friends of Five Rivers Family Field Trips
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

Enhance your family’s scientific learning this fall by scheduling a Family Fieldtrip to Five Rivers!  Meet a Naturalist and begin an engaging hour of learning out-of-doors. Choose to become an ichthyologist studying fish or an entomologist collecting insects or an arborist identifying trees.

Late Fall Session: November and December

For complete information, including dates, fees, and how to register, go to FriendsofFiveRivers.org.

Who: Families or Friend Groups* Maximum Group Size: 8 participants* / Friends Naturalist
*Groups containing 4 or more children must be accompanied by 2 adults.
What: Nature Fieldtrip; Choice of 3 topics – see website for details
When: 1:00–2:00 PM or 3:00-4:00 PM, October 4, 11, 18, and 25
Where: In person at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Fee: $10 for members, $15 for non-members

Registration or Questions: Contact Nancy Conway at gsp5rivers@outlook.com  or FriendsofFiveRivers.org.



3:00 PMFive Rivers: Friends of Five Rivers Family Field Trips
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

Enhance your family’s scientific learning this fall by scheduling a Family Fieldtrip to Five Rivers!  Meet a Naturalist and begin an engaging hour of learning out-of-doors. Choose to become an ichthyologist studying fish or an entomologist collecting insects or an arborist identifying trees.

Late Fall Session: November and December

For complete information, including dates, fees, and how to register, go to FriendsofFiveRivers.org.
Who: Families or Friend Groups*    Maximum Group Size:  8 participants* / Friends Naturalist
*Groups containing 4 or more children must be accompanied by 2 adults.

What: Nature Fieldtrip; Choice of 3 topics – see website for details
When: 1:00–2:00 PM or 3:00-4:00 PM, October 4, 11, 18, and 25
Where: In person at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Fee: $10 for members, $15 for non-members

Registration or Questions: Contact Nancy Conway at gsp5rivers@outlook.com  or FriendsofFiveRivers.org.



Tuesday - 10/19
12:00 PMVirtual Informational Meeting - Climate Justice Working Group

Climate Justice Working Group

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 an informational meeting on Tuesday, Oct.19 at 12:00 p.m. 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.

This informational meeting will not take any official action but include presentations on mapping analysis and will be conducted by teleconference. Members of the public are welcome to listen to the meeting via webcast.

When: Tuesday, Oct.19, 12 p.m. ET
Where:
Via WebEx.
Audio: Dial 1-518-549-0500; Access code: 161 049 7958

This meeting will also be recorded and posted on the Climate Act website within three days, or as soon as practicable.



4:30 PMAdaptive & Inclusive Birding Event
https://rochesteraccessibleadventures.org/event/adaptive-in...
Contact  Betsy Ukeritis, Inter-regional Environmental Educator, Bureau of Environmental Education
e-mail: r678ed@dec.ny.gov; mobile: 315-314-0768

DEC is teaming up with the Rochester Accessible Adventures (RAA) and Braddock Bay Raptor Research to host this engaging FREE workshop. We will be joined by representatives from local/area birding groups, too!

* Have you ever wondered about how to get started in birding?

* Curious about what kinds of adaptations and modifications can be made for holding binoculars or a monocular, whether you are seated or standing?

* Want to learn about the latest in online/book resources for learning to identify birds, or join a local birding group to enjoy more birding opportunities?

* Braddock Bay is well-known as a bird mecca—but do you know how to navigate it to find the birds?

We will pack all of this into the workshop to get you started on a new adventure!

Perfect for families to learn about birding together! Great way to explore birding in an inclusive environment–people with I/DD and physical disabilities and those without. For first-timers and new-to-birding folks; great for families to explore this together. 

There are a limited number of binoculars and monoculars to borrow for the event; bring your own if you have a pair!

Location: Braddock Bay Park, 199 E Manitou Rd, Rochester, NY 14612

Register at: https://forms.gle/fFVXBAPMoS6CafS36 

Important Notes:
* Please wear weather-appropriate clothing. It will most likely be chilly by dusk!

* Completing the Registration Form is required for participation. You can complete it online or on the day of the event at the event site. All participants must sign the Liability Waiver on site the day of the event.

We will follow COVID-19 safety protocols to ensure the safety of all guests, staff, and volunteers during the event. By registering for the event, you are agreeing to follow those measures at the time of the event. Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe and healthy!

* If you need a Sign Language Interpreter, please complete the Registration Form and indicate your need in the appropriate question box by 5:00PM October 14th so we have time to arrange that.



7:00 PMFive Rivers: Guided Walk : Nocturnal Wildlife
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 explore Five Rivers after dark as we discuss some nocturnal critters that call our site home. We will take a walk through the field and forest and perhaps we might hear the hoot of an owl or the howl of a coyote. All ages welcome.

Space is limited. Call 518-475-0291 by Saturday, October 16 to register.



Wednesday - 10/20
7:30 PMReinstein Woods - 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 Reinstein Woods by moonlight on this guided evening walk.

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. 
  • Social distancing and mask protocols are subject to change with current COVID guidelines.
  • 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 - 10/21
1:00 PMFive Rivers: Friends of Five Rivers: Talk 'N' Trek
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

TREE IDENTIFICATION by LEAF MORPHOLOGY

Become a part of a community of learners interested in exploring nature and sharing knowledge! Together we will explore leaf morphology including arrangement, shape, and margins.  Once understood, tree identification becomes a way to identify a variety of trees at Five Rivers. Participants are asked to dress for the weather and bring along water and a snack. Please meet at Five Rivers’ Guided School Program Building.

Who: Adults individuals Maximum Participants:  8 Adults
Time & Dates: Thursdays, 1:00–2:30 PM, October 7, 14, and 21 (Rain Date: October 28)
Where: In person at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Fee: $35 for members, $50 for non-members for all three weeks

Registration or Questions: Contact Nancy Conway at gsp5rivers@outlook.com or FriendsofFiveRivers.org.



4:30 PMFive Rivers: 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

Are you tired of sitting at a desk all day? Join us after school to get some fresh air, stretch your legs, and have fun outdoors. Meet at the visitor center to begin our adventure. Come for as many sessions as you’d like, and dress for outdoor activity. For children in grades K–5 and their caregivers.

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



 Five Rivers: Outdoors After School: Clever Coyotes
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

Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Coyote? Come learn about these fascinating animals with hands-on exploration of a coyote skull and pelt accompanied by fun interactive activities. This program is for children in grades K–5 and their caregivers.

Space is limited. Call 518-475-0291 by Monday, October 18 to register.



5:00 PMNYSDEC Pop-up Fishing Clinic - Van Cortlandt Park
https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27123.html
Contact  Steve Wong
fwfish2@dec.ny.gov

Learn the basics of fishing with all the equipment, bait and instructions provided, no fishing license necessary.


6:00 PMRegion 6 Perch River WMA HMP Public Information Session
https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/46441.html
Contact  DEC Region 6 offices
information.r6@dec.ny.gov
Location  Online / Virtual

Join DEC for a virtual public information session on the Habitat Management Plan (HMP) for Perch River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) located in the towns of Brownville, Orleans, and Pamelia, Jefferson County. 

Registration is required

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the information session will be conducted by teleconference on Thursday, Oct. 21 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The session will include a brief presentation about how the HMP will be used to guide the management of the Perch River WMA and a question-and-answer session. Registration is encouraged. DEC Region 6 offices at (315) 785-2263.



7:00 PMVirtual Public Meeting - Equity Works Former MGP (Brooklyn)
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 October 21, 2021 at 7:00 PM via Webex (virtual platform) to discuss the proposed remedy related to the Equity Works Former Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) Site #224050 (Brooklyn, Kings County), within New York’s Manufactured Gas Plant Program.

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to learn more about the cleanup.



Friday - 10/22
 Brownfield App. - Old Erie Commons Site (Canastota) 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 Old Erie Commons, site ID #C727015. This site is located in the Village of Canastota within the County of Madison, and is located at 160 Center Street. Public comments about the application must be submitted by October 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/C727015/

And at:

Canastota Public Library
102 West Center Street
Canastota, NY 13032



 Comment End - Greenidge Generation LLC
https://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20210908_not8.html
Contact  Chris Hogan, Division of Environmental Permits, Bureau of Energy Project Management
625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1750 E-mail: Comment.GreenidgeGenerating2021@dec.ny.gov

Project Description:

The Department has determined that the applications to renew the Title V (Air) and Title IV (Acid Rain) permits for the Greenidge Generating Station (Facility) are complete for the purposes of public review and comment. The Department has prepared draft Title V and Title IV permits, subject to public comment or other information, for the Facility, located in the Town of Dresden, Yates County. The Facility is a primarily natural gas-fired electric generating plant, with a generating capacity of approximately 107 megawatts (MW) with a maximum heat input which is limited to 1,117 million BTUs per hour. While the Department is making a draft Title V and Title IV permit available for public review and comment, the Department has not made a tentative or final determination to issue any final permit for the Facility.

Notice of Legislative Public Comment Hearings:

Pursuant to 6 NYCRR 621.8, legislative public comment hearings for the receipt of public comments on the permit applications will be held virtually on the date and times listed below.

Virtual Legislative Public Comment Hearings:

Virtual public comment hearing sessions will be conducted electronically before ALJ Lara Olivieri through the Webex Events electronic webinar platform. The virtual sessions will begin at 1:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. on October 13, 2021Instructions for attending and providing oral statements at the virtual legislative public comment hearing sessions may be accessed at the DEC's website at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6061.html.

Individuals and parties may also file written comments to the NYS DEC representative listed above. All written comments must be postmarked or submitted electronically by email no later than October 22, 2021.

For additional information, a copy of the NYS DEC's permit hearing procedures is available on the NYS DEC web site at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6234.html.



 Draft Investigation Plan - 29-05 38th Avenue Site (LIC) 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 29-05 38th Avenue Site #C241250 (Long Island City, Queens County) within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the draft plan will be accepted through October 22, 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/C241250/

And at:

Queens Library of Long Island City
37-44 21st Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 752-3700

Queens Community Board 1
45-02 Ditmars Boulevard, LL Suite 125
Astoria, NY 11105
(718) 626-1021
Qn01@cb.nyc.gov



 Proposed Consent Decree - Northrop Grumman (Bethpage) Comment Deadline
https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/35727.html
Contact  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has reached an agreement with Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation (Grumman) and finalized a proposed Consent Decree regarding the remediation of the Navy Grumman groundwater plume located in Bethpage, New York. The public can submit comments by mail to Andrew Guglielmi, Office of General Counsel, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233, or by email to andrew.guglielmi@dec.ny.gov. DEC is accepting comments until October 22, 2021.

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to view the proposed Consent Decree.



7:00 PMFive Rivers: Friday Full Moon Rambles
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

The full moon falls on or near a Friday each month this fall. During these guided programs, we’ll explore Five Rivers by moonlight. We’ll follow a different trail each evening, watching and listening for creatures of the night. Distance covered will be one to two miles.

Space is limited. Call 518-475-0291 by the Tuesday before each Ramble to register.

In the event of severe weather, these programs will be canceled.



Saturday - 10/23
 Proposed Cleanup - 10 Commerce Dr Rail Yard Site (New Rochelle) 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 10 Commerce Drive Rail Yard, site ID #C360192 (New Rochelle, Westchester County) within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the proposal will be accepted through October 23, 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/C360192/

And at:

New Rochelle Public Library
1 Liberty Plaza
New Rochelle, NY 10801
Attn: Tom Geoffino
(914) 632-7878



 Proposed Cleanup - Standard Gage & Coal Site (Poughkeepsie) 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 Standard Gage & Coal, site ID #C314131 (Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County) within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the proposal will be accepted through October 23, 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/C314131/

And at:

Adriance Memorial Library
93 Market Street
Poughkeepsie, New York 12601



9:00 AMReinstein Woods - Educator Workshop: Project Learning Tree
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

Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program featuring an interdisciplinary, hands-on curriculum that uses the forest as a window on the world. All activities are correlated to Common Core math and ELA standards. Six CTLE hours provided. For formal and non-formal educators of students in grades Pre K-8.

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. 
  • Social distancing and mask protocols are subject to change with current COVID guidelines.
  • 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.


10:00 AMFive Rivers: Guided Walk: Carnivore Crawl
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 join two naturalists for a guided walk with the aim of finding carnivore tracks and scat, and practice using the app iNaturalist. This is aimed to be a follow-up program to our October 9 presentation on local carnivores, however, attending that program is not required.

Recommended for ages 10+.

Space is limited. Call 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, October 20 to register.



11:00 AMAccessible Beginner Birding at Mt. Loretto Unique Area
https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/109900.html#Upcoming
Contact  Andy Snyder
r2ed@dec.ny.gov

DEC educators will be leading an accessible bird walk for beginner birders from 11:00 am-12:00 pm on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Mt. Loretto Unique Area on Staten Island.

Visitors will explore the grassland habitat, watch and listen for birds in the tall grasses using provided binoculars, and learn about fall migration as we look out over the ocean. The trail we will walk is over three feet wide and paved with a slight incline. The total walk will be about 4,000 feet with stops at the wheelchair-accessible observation platform and at a covered pavilion to sit and rest.

The paved parking lot has two van accessible parking spaces and holds the wheelchair accessible portable bathroom. Pre-registration is required and capped at 15 people.

Please email Andy Snyder at r2ed@dec.ny.gov to register or ask any questions about this event.



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