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Week of 31 October, 2021
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 Comment End - Notice of Prop. 2022 Atlantic Ocean Surfclam Annual Harvest Limit
https://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20211020_not0.html
Contact  Chelsea Miller
E-mail: chelsea.miller@dec.ny.gov Fax: (631) 444-0496
Location  NYSDEC Division of Marine Resources, 123 Kings Park Blvd. (Nissequogue River State Park) Kings Park, New York, 11754 - Map

Notice of Proposed 2022 Atlantic Ocean Surfclam Annual Harvest Limit

Pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law Section 13-0309 and Subpart 43-2 of Title 6 of the New York Codes Rules and Regulations, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) hereby gives notice of the following:

NYS DEC is proposing to establish the 2022 annual harvest limit for surfclams taken by mechanical means from the certified waters of the Atlantic Ocean at 184,558 industry standard bushels, which would maintain the level of harvest (total allowable catch) that was established from 2016 to 2021.

Written comments on the proposed 2022 Atlantic Ocean surfclam annual harvest limit will be accepted by mail, email, or fax until close of business Wednesday, November 3, 2021 to the contact listed above.





1:00 PMFive Rivers: Friends of Five Rivers: Geocaching at Five Rivers
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

Calling all treasure hunters!  Let’s learn to Geocache and find out what has been hidden at Five Rivers. Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.  GPS devices are provided. 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:  5 Adults
Time & Dates: Wednesday, 1:00–2:30 PM, November 3, 10, and 17 (Rain Date: November 24)
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.



3:00 PMInstagram Live - Wildlife Skull ID
https://www.instagram.com/nysdec/
Location  Online / Virtual

The crisp bite in the air and the crunch of the fallen leaves means it’s a perfect time to get out for a hike. You may come across the remains of one New York’s many mammals when exploring the outdoors. It can tough to decipher whether a skull belongs to a coyote, raccoon or fox but a few little tips can help you figure it out. Tune in for a Live Q&A with DEC Biologists Mandy Watson and Dave Kramer featuring a skull show-and-tell. 

Additional information on New York mammals >>



5:30 PMPublic Hearing - Barriers & Opportunities for Communities Report
https://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20211020_not0.html
Contact  Saran Bernard
Office of Environmental Justice, 625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233 Phone: 1-866-229-0497 Email: opportunities.report@nyserda.ny.gov

Barriers and Opportunities for Historically Overburdened and Under-Resourced Communities Report

This notice is to provide the public with notification that the Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), in cooperation with the New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York Power Authority (NYPA), will hold public hearings on November 3 and 4, 2021 to receive comments that inform the development of the Barriers and Opportunities for Historically Overburdened and Under-Resourced Communities Report, as discussed on the website above.

Two hearings will be conducted via WebEx Events to receive public input. There will be two hearing sessions: November 3, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. and November 4, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. These hearings will facilitate public input on barriers and opportunities within each of the five services and commodities listed above. Study findings will be further refined based on public input.

Individuals and organizations that cannot attend the public hearings may submit written comments. Written comments may be provided at any time. Written comments may be provided in the following ways:

American Sign Language and language interpretation services shall be made during the available for the meeting upon written request at no charge for either service. Requests should be submitted to NYS DEC, Office of Communication Services by email to: public@dec.ny.gov, or phone (518) 402-8044 no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 2, 2021.


Thursday - 11/4
12:00 PMPublic Hearing - Barriers & Opportunities for Communities Report
https://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20211020_not0.html
Contact  Saran Bernard
Office of Environmental Justice, 625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233 Phone: 1-866-229-0497 Email: opportunities.report@nyserda.ny.gov

Barriers and Opportunities for Historically Overburdened and Under-Resourced Communities Report

This notice is to provide the public with notification that the Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), in cooperation with the New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York Power Authority (NYPA), will hold public hearings on November 3 and 4, 2021 to receive comments that inform the development of the Barriers and Opportunities for Historically Overburdened and Under-Resourced Communities Report, as discussed on the website above.

Two hearings will be conducted via WebEx Events to receive public input. There will be two hearing sessions: November 3, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. and November 4, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. These hearings will facilitate public input on barriers and opportunities within each of the five services and commodities listed above. Study findings will be further refined based on public input.

Individuals and organizations that cannot attend the public hearings may submit written comments. Written comments may be provided at any time. Written comments may be provided in the following ways:

American Sign Language and language interpretation services shall be made during the available for the meeting upon written request at no charge for either service. Requests should be submitted to NYS DEC, Office of Communication Services by email to: public@dec.ny.gov, or phone (518) 402-8044 no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 2, 2021.


2:30 PMFacebook LIVE - Late Fall Tree ID
https://www.facebook.com/watch/NYSDEC/
Location  Online / Virtual

Seize the dwindling days of fall foliage by joining DEC Forestry staff for a Facebook LIVE on fall tree ID. Bring your questions and we’ll see you then!



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.



Friday - 11/5
 Brownfield App. - Broadway Triangle Site A (Brooklyn) 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 4Broadway Triangle Site A, site ID #C224333. This site is located in the Borough of Brooklyn within the County of Kings and is located at 663 to 667 Flushing Avenue and 29 to 31 Bartlett Street. Public comments about the application must be submitted by November 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/C224333/

And at:

Brooklyn Public Library - Bushwick Branch
340 Bushwick Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11206



 Comment End - Public Review - PFOA, PFOS, and 1,4 Dioxane Guidance to Regulate
Contact  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

DEC RELEASES NEW GUIDANCE TO REGULATE PFOA, PFOS, AND 1,4-DIOXANE IN STATE WATERS

Guidance Builds on State’s Nation-Leading Actions to Protect Public Health and the Environment and Regulate Emerging Contaminants

Draft Technical and Operational Guidance Series Available for Public Review and Comment through Nov. 5, 2021


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released new water quality guidance values that will advance the State’s regulation of the emerging contaminants Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), and 1,4-Dioxane. DEC established the new guidance values in three draft Technical and Operational Guidance Series (TOGS) documents, which are now available for a 30-day public review and comment period. DEC is accepting comments until Nov. 5, 2021. The new guidance values support the State’s ongoing efforts to safeguard public health, prevent exposure to emerging contaminants, and ensure New Yorkers have access to clean drinking water.  

View the proposed guidance values.

Set lower than the State’s maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) for PFOA, PFOS, and 1,4-Dioxane, these ambient guidance values protect source waters and provide an extra margin of safety to complement the drinking water MCLs by ensuring they are not exceeded, which could result in costly treatment for the regulated community.

In July 2020, New York formally adopted among the nation’s lowest maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) for drinking water for PFOA and PFOS at 10 parts per trillion, and the first national standard for 1,4-Dioxane at 1 part per billion. The MCLs were promulgated by the State’s Drinking Water Quality Council, a body of water quality experts and scientists charged with setting limits in absence of federal standards for these emerging chemicals that have been pervasive in drinking water systems nationwide. While the MCLs adopted by the DOH provide protection for finished drinking water, DEC’s proposed guidance values will provide complementary protection of ambient waters used as drinking water sources. These proposed guidance values also provide protection for aquatic life.

DEC encourages public comment on the draft guidance. Written statements may be submitted to NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3500, ATTN: Michelle Tompkins or by email to AWQVinformation@dec.ny.gov. Comments must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Nov. 5, 2021. 

The full text of the draft TOGS documents and additional information are available on the DEC website. NYSDEC can also be contacted by:

Mail -- NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233-3500, ATTN: Michelle Tompkins

Phone -- (518) 402-8233

E-mail at AWQVinformation@dec.ny.gov.

In 2016, New York State established the Water Quality Rapid Response Team, led by DEC and DOH, to quickly investigate water contamination reports across New York and take corrective action to address these contamination issues. This Water Quality Rapid Response Team has taken unprecedented action to investigate and clean up PFAS contamination and to ensure New Yorkers have access to clean water. To support this effort, DEC works with DOH and numerous entities, including local health departments, drinking water providers and authorities, and federal, state, county, and municipal governments to protect and clean up groundwater. 



 Proposed Cleanup - Greenpoint Ferry Site (Brooklyn) 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 Greenpoint Ferry Site, site #C224272 (Brooklyn, Kings County) within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the proposal will be accepted through November 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/C224272/

And at:

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



9:00 AMTree decay and tree risk Workshop
Contact  urbanforestry@dec.ny.gov

Join us for an urban forestry workshop on tree decay and tree risk assessments. Our ISA certified arborists will speak on the types of decay to look for in trees, how decay can cause failure, and how to assess the risk of failure in trees. We will cover the relationship between defects, potential tree failure, and tree risk. Bring your samples of tree fungi and decay for discussion and identification.

This workshop includes a demonstration of risk assessment and measuring decay with arboricultural equipment in the park, and a look at the impacts of gypsy moth in the park and predictions for next year.

This program will start at the Watershed education center and then move to Long Point Park in Geneseo. It will be both inside and outside, please dress accordingly for November weather.

To register for the November 5th workshop, visit: https://nysufc.org/releaf-workshops/ 

Space is limited! No refunds will be given, but transfer of registration to another person is allowed.

Masks required when programming is indoors.

Workshop Cost

General public: $15

Member* rate: $10

(*Member of a ReLeaf Committee OR member of NYS Urban Forestry Council)

Payments

Payment online during registration with a credit card through Paypal is preferred, or you may mail a check or voucher after registering online.

Payments are processed by the NYS Urban Forestry Council. Issues or questions with payments? Contact nysufc@gmail.com

Check-in begins at 8:30 AM

Program begins at 9:00 AM and runs until 3:00 PM

Lunch will be provided

Bring samples of fungi for identification and discussion!

Program Speakers

Chris Luley, PhD. – President/Pathologist, Urban Forest Diagnostics LLC

Josh Galiley – President and Consulting arborist, J. Galiley Arbor Consulting LLC



10:00 AMFacebook LIVE - Hunter Safety Demonstration
https://www.facebook.com/watch/NYSDEC/
Location  Online / Virtual

With many hunting seasons underway, and the start of big game firearm season approaching, hunters need to remember to put safety first in every action when going afield. Join DEC Hunter Education Program staff, Katrina and Jill, for our annual Hunter Blaze Orange and Blaze Pink demo.

Hunting in New York is safe, and we want to keep it that way! Find more on Hunter Safety Basics >>



Saturday - 11/6
 Proposed Cleanup - Park Lane Senior Site (Bronx) 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 Park Lane Senior, site #C203138 (Bronx, Bronx County) within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the proposal will be accepted through November 6, 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/C203138/

And at:

New York Public Library - Soundview
660 Soundview Avenue
Bronx, NY 10473
(718) 589-0880

Bronx Community Board 9
1967 Turnbull Avenue, Room 7
Bronx, NY 10473
(718) 823-3034
Bxbrd09@optonline.net



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. 
  • 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.


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