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Week of 6 November, 2022
Sunday - 11/6
 Proposed Cleanup - 11 Spencer Street 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 11 Spencer Street site #C224204 (Brooklyn, Kings County) within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the proposal will be accepted through November 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/C224204/

And at:

Brooklyn Public Library – Marcy Branch
617 Dekalb Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11216
(718) 935-0032

Brooklyn Community Board 3
1360 Fulton Street 
2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11216
(718) 622-6601
Bk03@cb.nyc.gov 



Monday - 11/7
No Scheduled Events
Tuesday - 11/8
9:30 AMFive Rivers: Friends of Five Rivers: Beautiful Day Together
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

Families with young children (ages 2–5) are invited to gather for the reading of a nature-themed story, then take part in theme-related activities. Take-home projects will be included. Each session includes three program days, with the activity running 9:30–11:00 AM. 

Session 1: 

November 1, 8, and 15 (rain date November 22) 

or 

November 2, 9, and 16 (rain date November 23)

Session 2: 

November 29, December 6 and 13 (rain date December 20)

or 

November 30, December 7 and 14 (rain date December 21)

Fee per session: 

$8 for Friends members, $10 for non-members; $5 material fee per child

Registration:

Visit www.FriendsofFiveRivers.org and look under the “Education Programs” tab for further information or to register. 



7:00 PMFive Rivers: Full Moon Ramble
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 a break from Election Day news coverage and enjoy a moonlit guided walk at Five Rivers. Space is limited. Please call 518-475-0291 by Monday, November 6 to register or for more information.

In the event of poor weather, this program will be canceled.



Wednesday - 11/9
9:00 AMGrant Info Session: Replanting in disadvantaged communities after ash tree loss
https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/j.php?RGID=r6de5da0c7bb104d...
Contact  urbanforestry@dec.ny.gov

The DEC Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) Program will be holding a grant information session November 9, 2022, from 9-11:30 a.m. Up to $350,000 will be available for Tree Planting in Disadvantaged Communities* after Ash Loss, which is expected to be open in December 2022. The information session will cover an overview of the grant, discussion of specific application questions, and provide an opportunity for potential applicants to ask questions. 

Eligible applicants include: New York State government entities, Indian nations or tribes, and 501(c)(3) not-for-profit (NFP) corporations.

This is a unique UCF grant opportunity not to be confused with the ongoing rounds of DEC UCF grants, which will next be released in early 2023.

*Disadvantaged communities maps can be found in the DECinfo Locator https://gisservices.dec.ny.gov/gis/dil/ under Public Involvement. Check the first two boxes for PEJAs and DACs.

Registration is free but required in advance: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/j.php?RGID=r6de5da0c7bb104da6632d3879c6cb469



9:30 AMFive Rivers: Friends of Five Rivers: Beautiful Day Together
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

Families with young children (ages 2–5) are invited to gather for the reading of a nature-themed story, then take part in theme-related activities. Take-home projects will be included. Each session includes three program days, with the activity running 9:30–11:00 AM. 

Session 1: 

November 1, 8, and 15 (rain date November 22) 

or 

November 2, 9, and 16 (rain date November 23)

Session 2: 

November 29, December 6 and 13 (rain date December 20)

or 

November 30, December 7 and 14 (rain date December 21)

Fee per session: 

$8 for Friends members, $10 for non-members; $5 material fee per child

Registration:

Visit www.FriendsofFiveRivers.org and look under the “Education Programs” tab for further information or to register. 



10:00 AMReinstein Woods - Senior Stroll
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

Experience nature at your own pace and enjoy a leisurely hour-long guided walk through the woods. For adults only.

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.


4:30 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 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

  • 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.


Thursday - 11/10
8:00 AMFive Rivers: Early Morning Bird Walk
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 as we monitor the birds at Five Rivers. This outdoor survey begins at 8:00 a.m. Meet outside the visitor center. After a brief introduction, we'll head out on the trails. Beginners are welcome. 

Bring binoculars if you have them. We have a few to loan. In case of inclement weather, this program will be canceled. For more information, call 518-475-0291.



10:00 AMFive Rivers: Friends of Five Rivers Talk and Trek: Winter Preparation
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

Winter Preparation: Methods employed by insects, mammals, birds, and reptiles 

Dwindling daylight and cooling temperatures trigger humans to dig out hats, gloves, and heavy coats. Other animals, including insects, mammals, birds, and reptiles, take these environmental cues and prepare in remarkable ways to survive winter. Join an inquisitive group of adults as we wander Five Rivers and wonder about its inhabitants’ preparations. Photographs, guidebooks, skulls, pelts, and other materials will help enlighten us as we discuss the focused, quiet activity all around us. Who knows? It might just trigger us to be more proactive in our own preparations for winter! 

Space is limited; registration required.

Dates: Thursdays, November 3, 10, and 17 (rain date: December 1); Time: 10:00–11:30 AM

Fee: $20 for members; $25 for non-members

Registration: online at www.FriendsofFiveRivers.org, under the “Education Programs” tab

Registration Deadline: Thursday, October 27 



Friday - 11/11
 Brownfield App. - 115 South MacQuesten Pkwy Site (Mount Vernon) 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 for a site known as 115 South MacQuesten Parkway, site ID #C360230. This site is located in the City of Mount Vernon, within the County of Westchester, and is located at 115 South MacQuesten Parkway. Public comments about the application must be submitted by November 11, 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/C360230/

And at:

Mount Vernon Public Library
28 South 1st Avenue
Mount Vernon, NY 10550


 Brownfield App. - 333 Grand Avenue Site (Johnson City) 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 for a site known as 333 Grand Avenue, site ID #C704062. This site is located in the Village of Johnson City within the County of Broome, and is located at 333 Grand Avenue and 154 Allen Street. Public comments about the application must be submitted by November 11, 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/C704062/

And at:

Your Home Public Library
107 Main Street
Johnson City, NY 13790


 Brownfield App. - Wambach Farm Site (Irondequoit) 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 for a site known as Wambach Farm Site, site ID #C828226. This site is located in the Town of Irondequoit, within the County of Monroe, and is located on Culver Road. Public comments about the application must be submitted by November 11, 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/C828226/

And at:

Irondequoit Public Library
1290 Titus Avenue
Rochester, NY 14617


 Brownfield App. - Widewaters Pkwy Development Site (Dewitt) 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 for a site known as Widewaters Pkwy Development Site, site ID #C734158. This site is located in the Town of Dewitt, within the County of Onondaga, and is located at Bridge and Phyllis Lane. Public comments about the application must be submitted by November 11, 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/C734158/

And at:

Community Library of Dewitt & Jamesville
5110 Jamesville Road
Jamesville, NY 13078


 Comment End Draft Great Lakes Action Agenda
https://www.dec.ny.gov/press/126266.html
Contact  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
greatlakes@dec.ny.gov

Comment End -- Draft Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA) to Help Restore, Protect, and Revitalize New York's Great Lakes Region

Public Comment Period Closes:  Nov. 11, 2022

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released the draft New York's Great Lakes Action Agenda 2022-2030, a multi-year action plan to guide restoration and conservation, and foster sustainable, resilient, communities in New York's Great Lakes region. The Action Agenda advances a wide range of efforts to safeguard water quality, improve habitats for fish and wildlife, manage invasive species, promote sustainability, and enhance community resilience to climate change in a region that spans more than 40 percent of New York State's land area and includes Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, and respective watersheds.


In support of New York's ecosystem-based management goals, the Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA) promotes collaborative, science-informed decision-making to achieve outcomes that support the needs of people, nature, and the economy. The draft 2022-2030 GLAA includes new cross-cutting priorities that reflect the State's commitment to inclusion and engagement of diverse stakeholders and historically underserved communities. The updated GLAA also proposes new metrics for evaluating implementation progress and improvements in environmental conditions over time.

The GLAA is funded by the State's Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), under the Ocean and Great Lakes Ecosystem Conservation Act, and is administered through DEC's Great Lakes Program with collaborating stakeholders and partners. The EPF provides funding for critical environmental programs and projects such as land acquisition, farmland protection, invasive species prevention and eradication, enhanced recreational access, water quality improvement, climate change resilience, and environmental justice, to ensure all New Yorker's benefit from sustained ecosystem services, such as drinking water, swimming, and fishing.

The draft Action Agenda is available on DEC's website. Public comments will be accepted until Nov. 11, 2022, and submitted to greatlakes@dec.ny.gov. To learn more about these and future opportunities to engage in this work, please contact greatlakes@dec.ny.gov for additional details.


 Free Fishing Day - Statewide!
https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89821.html
Contact  Bureau of Fisheries
fwfish@dec.ny.gov

DEC designates several dates throughout the year as free fishing days, which allows anyone to recreationally fish without a fishing license in New York State! Friday, November 11, 2022 marks one of these designated dates as it aligns with Veteran's Day. This offers the perfect opportunity to try out fishing for the first time, for getting back into the sport after taking a break, or for taking a friend or the whole family along to fish -- be sure to take a veteran with you!

Even though a license is not needed, all fishing regulations apply. As a result, be sure to familiarize yourself with the Freshwater Fishing Regulations or Saltwater Fishing Regulations prior to venturing out.

Don't forget to download the HuntFishNY mobile app and use the new Tackle Box feature added this year! The Tackle Box offers information on places to fish, including finding boat launches and parking areas, as well as freshwater fishing regulations, likely fish species, and stocking information per waterbody.



 Proposed Cleanup - 326-350 Rockaway 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 326-350 Rockaway Avenue site #C224328 (Brooklyn, Kings County) within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the proposal will be accepted through November 11, 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/C224328/

And at:

Brooklyn Public Library – Brownsville Branch
61 Glenmore Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11212
(718) 498-9721

Brooklyn Community Board 16
444 Thomas Boyland Street, Room 103
Brooklyn, NY 11212
(718) 385-0323
bk16@cb.nyc.gov



 Public Comment Period for New York's Draft Great Lakes Action Agenda
https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/91881.html
Contact  Great Lakes Program
greatlakes@dec.ny.gov
Location  Online / Virtual

DEC is pleased to announce the release of the Draft New York’s Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA) 2030.  Public comments will be accepted until Nov. 11, 2022, and may be submitted to greatlakes@dec.ny.gov

Please join the webinar on Tuesday, October 25th at 3 PM where DEC's Great Lakes Program will introduce the GLAA and invite feedback.



Saturday - 11/12
10:00 AMFive Rivers: Family Fun: Fall Treasure Hunt
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’s more fun than searching for hidden treasures outdoors? Let’s think like squirrels as we hide and seek for things in nature’s nooks and crannies. We will also bring out our inner pirates as we practice using a simple map on the trails to see if “X” really does mark the spot.

For children ages 5–8, with an adult. 

Space is limited. Please call 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, November 9 to register.



 Reinstein Woods - Project FeederWatch
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 to identify winter feeder birds, what to feed them and how to count them for Project FeederWatch, a community science project across North America. For adults and children ages 10 and older. 

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: Geocaching 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

Join us for a fun geocache treasure hunt on the trails. No experience required, but please bring a smart phone with the official geocaching app already downloaded. To learn more and find the app, visit the official geocaching website at https://www.geocaching.com/play. 

For children ages 9 and up, with an adult. 

Space is limited. Please call 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, November 9 to register.



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