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Week of 31 January, 2021
Sunday - 1/31
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Monday - 2/1
10:00 AMFive 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

Family Field Trips

Enhance your family’s scientific learning this winter by scheduling a Family Fieldtrip to Five Rivers! Meet a Friends naturalist to head afield for one of four offerings: Animal Tracking, Snowman Birdfeeders, Snowshoeing, and Sap to Syrup. (Sap to Syrup is offered in March only and runs at additional times. See Registration Form for details.)
Who: Families or friend groups (maximum 8 participants Friends naturalist)
* 2 adults required on every fieldtrip
What: Nature field trip; visit www.FriendsofFiveRivers.org for topics and outing descriptions
When: 10:00–11:30 AM or 1:30–3:00 PM on Mondays (begins January 4)
Where: In person at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Fee: $10 for members/$15 for non-members
Questions: Contact Nancy at gsp5rivers@outlook.com for further information
Registration: www.FriendsofFiveRivers.org

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.  



 Five Rivers: Friends of Five Rivers Programs Animal Adaptations
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

  Guided School Program

Actively engage your entire class in the discovery process through hands-on experiences and minds-on investigation at Five Rivers. Our classroom is the great outdoors! During January and February, learn about animal adaptations and winter survival as we explore animal tracks and scat in a variety of habitats. In March, join us for a one-hour Marvelous Maples lesson where you will learn the sappy secret of syrup! For additional program details, visit the Friends website at www.FriendsOfFiveRivers.org.
Who: Schools/home schools (maximum daily participants: 30 students with 6 school chaperones, divided into 10-student, 2-chaperon groups.)


Animal Adaptations 10:00 AM–12:00 PM on Mondays (January 4, 11, 25; February 1, 8)
Where: In person at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Fee: $50 per group of 10 students with 2 school chaperones
Registration: www.FriendsofFiveRivers.org, go to School Programs tab

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.  



1:30 PMFive 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

Family Field Trips

Enhance your family’s scientific learning this winter by scheduling a Family Fieldtrip to Five Rivers! Meet a Friends naturalist to head afield for one of four offerings: Animal Tracking, Snowman Birdfeeders, Snowshoeing, and Sap to Syrup. (Sap to Syrup is offered in March only and runs at additional times. See Registration Form for details.)
Who: Families or friend groups (maximum 8 participants Friends naturalist)
* 2 adults required on every fieldtrip
What: Nature field trip; visit www.FriendsofFiveRivers.org for topics and outing descriptions
When: 10:00–11:30 AM or 1:30–3:00 PM on Mondays (begins January 4)
Where: In person at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Fee: $10 for members/$15 for non-members
Questions: Contact Nancy at gsp5rivers@outlook.com for further information
Registration: www.FriendsofFiveRivers.org

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 - 2/2
4:00 PMFive Rivers: Citizen Science Winter Raptor Survey
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 PROGRAM IS FULL.

People with bird-watching skills or the desire to learn are needed to help discover winter feeding areas of endangered raptor species. Volunteers meet at Five Rivers once or twice a month and spend an hour, centered around sunset, scanning for and recording raptor species on Five Rivers’ grasslands. Participants do not have to attend every session and will need their own binoculars. Study dates are subject to change due to weather. Pre-registration is required. Please help us save these threatened and endangered species. Call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 or email 5Rivers@dec.ny.gov 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.



Wednesday - 2/3
6:00 PMNorlite Virtual Public Information Session
https://on.ny.gov/35SU0SE
Contact  Regina Willis
Comments.Norlite2020@dec.ny.gov
Location  Online

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the City of Cohoes will a hold a virtual public information session on issues related to the air pollution control emissions testing and water pollution control at the Norlite facility in Cohoes.

Date:  

February 3, 2020, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Location:

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, DEC presentations will be conducted virtually through the WebEx Events online platform or via conference call.

 

How to participate:  

Local residents and other interested stakeholders are encouraged to join the virtual session and submit questions before and during the session.

To join the virtual session on February 3, 2020, at 6 p.m.:

●  Visit https://on.ny.gov/35SU0SE click “Join”

●  Event Number: 178 627 7285

●  Password: NYSDEC2021

●  For information on how to participate in a virtual meeting, go to DEC's related webpage.

To join by phone:

●  Dial: 1-518-549-0500

●  Access Code: 178 627 7285 #

●  Press # again in lieu of an attendee I.D. number

Topics: 

DEC officials will provide information and take questions after each presentation on the following important topics:

Update on DEC’s enhanced Norlite permit renewal review

Status of DEC’s enhanced permit renewal review for Norlite’s State Air Title V and Part 373 Hazardous Waste Management Facility permits.

Monitoring Incineration at Norlite and an Update on Comprehensive Performance Test and Dust Sampling Results

Status of incineration at the Norlite facility, including preliminary results of the November 2020 comprehensive performance testing of Norlite’s recently upgraded air pollution control equipment, and results of sampling efforts in response to dust complaints received in November and complaints of deposits in snow.

Overview of Norlite’s Water Pollution Control System and Permit

Overview of the facility’s State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit, Project Delta’s wastewater treatment plant decommissioning, and DEC’s ongoing oversight. 

How to ask questions: 

Submit questions to DEC in advance:

●  Email: Comments.Norlite2020@dec.ny.gov

●  Call: (518) 357-2075

●  Mail: Public Participation Office, NYSDEC,

1130 N. Westcott Road, Schenectady, NY 12306

 

To ask questions during the information session:

To preserve audio quality of the presentation, DEC will be answering questions submitted through the WebEx’s ‘chat’ function during the virtual session. DEC will answer verbal questions at the end of the session. 

How to  view  the  discussion  after  the February 3rd  virtual  meeting:  

A recording of the meeting will be posted on DEC’s Norlite websitein addition to information about the comprehensive sampling investigation, virtual public information session, and additional Norlite updates.

For questions, contact DEC at 518-357-2075.

     



Thursday - 2/4
9:00 AMFive Rivers: Guided Walk: Pandemic Perambulating
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

Guided Walk: Pandemic Perambulating
Stuck indoors with the pandemic getting you down? Get up and get out! Join us for an easy-paced walk to get some fresh air and enjoy a little socially distant company. Dress for the weather. Space is limited. Call 518-475-0291 by Monday, February 1, 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.



10:00 AMFacebook LIVE - Explore Local Guided Winter Walk
https://www.facebook.com/watch/NYSDEC/
Contact  Betsy Ukeritis
r678ed@dec.ny.gov
Location  Online

Join Environmental Educator Betsy Ukeritis as she does a virtual guided walk at Winona State Forest in Oswego & Jefferson Counties. Learn about the State Forest, its groomed cross-country skiing trails, and find out what your family should always have with them when planning even a short winter adventure. Betsy will also answer viewer questions and show what she routinely carries in her pack.

For more information about Winona State Forest >>



4:00 PMVirtual Public Hearing - Catalum SPDES Permit
https://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20201216_not3.html
Contact  Kristen Cady-Poulin
NYS DEC Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233, Phone: 518-402-9167, Email: DEPPermitting@dec.ny.gov

A Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) was prepared to evaluate the proposed modification of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s (NYC DEP’s) Catskill Aqueduct Influent Chamber State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit (Catalum SPDES Permit). The Proposed Action would modify the Catalum SPDES Permit to incorporate the following:

1.    Turbidity control measures, including operation of Ashokan Reservoir in accordance with the Interim Ashokan Release Protocol (IRP); and

2.    Delay of dredging accumulated material (alum floc) from Kensico Reservoir until the completion of certain infrastructure projects.

Implementation of the turbidity control measures analyzed in the Draft EIS would allow NYC DEP to continue to provide reliable, clean, and safe drinking water while reducing reliance on chemical treatment of the water supply, specifically the use of alum, during episodic turbidity events.

A legislative public comment hearing on the permit application and the Draft EIS will be held to receive unsworn statements from the public at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, 2021, through the Webex Events electronic webinar platform.

Written comments concerning the Draft EIS and permit application must be postmarked by March 16, 2021 and mailed or emailed to the contact listed above.

Instructions for Attending the Legislative Public Comment Hearing:

To join the hearing through the internet, visit www.webex.com and click "Join."

Event Number: 179 098 9606

Registration Password: FEB42021

To join by phone only:

Dial: 1-518-549-0500
Access Code: 179 098 9606



6:30 PMVirtual BOW in the SNOW 2021 - Winter Recreation
https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/68.html
Contact  Katrina Talbot
katrina.talbot@dec.ny.gov
Location  Online

Since we can't get together in person for BOW in the SNOW 2021, DEC is bringing the workshop into your homes. Join us for one or all of our webinars during the month of February.

This virtual workshop is open to women of all ages and is free!

  • Session 1: Winter Recreation - Thursday, February 4, 2021
  • Session 2: Direction/Compass - Thursday, February 11, 2021
  • Session 3: Knowing Knots - Wednesday, February 17, 2021
  • Session 4: Winter Wellness - Thursday, February 18, 2021
  • Session 5: Ice Fishing - Thursday, February 25, 2021

Join us and discover new ways to enjoy the outdoors this winter. Register for the workshop now

For questions or more information, contact Becoming an Outdoors-Woman.



Friday - 2/5
 Brownfield App- White Plains Chrysler Dealership (White Plains) 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 White Plains Chrysler Car Dealership, site ID #C360209. This site is located in the City of White Plains, within the County of Westchester, and is located at 70 Westchester Avenue. Public comments about the application must be submitted by February 5, 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/C360209/

And, once reopened, at:

White Plains Public Library
100 Marine Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601



 Brownfield App. & Work Plan - 161-03 29th Avenue (Flushing) 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 161-03 29th Avenue, site ID #C241247. This site is located in the City of Flushing, within the County of Queens, and is located at 161-03 – 161-11 29th Avenue. Public comments about the application and draft work plan must be submitted by February 5, 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/C241247/

And, once reopened, at:

Queens Public Library Auburndale Branch
22-55 Francis Lewis Blvd.
Flushing, NY 11358

--and--

Queens Community Board 7
133-32 41st Road
Room 3B
Flushing, NY 11355



 Proposed Cleanup - 53 Putnam Street Site (Saratoga Springs) 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 53 Putnam Street, site ID #C546057 (Saratoga Springs, Saratoga County) within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the proposal will be accepted through February 5, 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/C546057/

And, once reopened, at:

Saratoga Springs Public Library
49 Henry Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(518) 584-7860



 Proposed Cleanup - NM Troy Water St. MGP Site (Troy) 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 proposed remedy to address contamination related to the NM - Troy Water St. Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP), site ID #442029 (Troy, Rensselaer County) within New York’s Manufactured Gas Plant Program. Public comments about the proposal will be accepted through February 5, 2021.

A virtual public meeting also has been scheduled: January 28, 2021 at 7:00 PM via Webex to discuss the proposal and accept public comments.

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to learn about the proposal, the virtual public meeting, and how to comment.

Project documents can be accessed online at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/442029/

And, once reopened, at:

Troy Public Library
100 2nd Street
Troy, NY 12180
(518) 274-7071



Saturday - 2/6
10:00 AMReinstein Woods - Groundhogs and Woolly Bears
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

Explore the folklore of weather predictors and discover the best spots to watch for signs of spring at Reinstein Woods. 

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.


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