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Week of 4 December, 2022
Sunday - 12/4
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Monday - 12/5
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Tuesday - 12/6
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. 



12:00 PMClosure of Public Access Road Leading to Lows Lower Dam (Bog River Dam)
https://www.dec.ny.gov/press/126617.html
Contact  Henry Dedrick, Supervising Forester
(315)-265-3090
Location  NYSDEC Region 6 Office, 317 Washington Street, Watertown, NY 13601 - Map

As of December 6, the gate on the access road leading to the Bog River Dam (also known as Lows Lower Dam) will be closed to allow for significant construction needed to maintain the dam. The road will remain closed through the 2023 field season. All vehicles must be removed from the access road to dam and parking area near the dam by 12:00 p.m. (noon) December 6, 2022, Closure to the site includes river access and parking area at Lows Lower Dam, located near the end of State Highway 421. Construction activities will impact recreational users of the Horseshoe Lake, Hitchins Pond, and Lows Lake areas, including the cartop boat launch and parking area at the Lower Dam. Members of the public are encouraged to seek alternative paddling destinations during the construction project. Additional information can be found on the DEC website:  


6:00 PMCommunity Air Monitoring Quarterly Meeting -- Manhattan
https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/125320.html
Contact  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Community Air Monitoring
Location  Online / Virtual


DEC has scheduled virtual quarterly meetings that are part of the 2022-23 Statewide Community Air Monitoring Initiative.

Manhattan:


 2023 Commercial Fishing Quota Distribution Meeting
https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26821.html
Contact  Stephanie Rekemeyer
stephanie.rekemeyer@dec.ny.gov
Location  NYSDEC Division of Marine Resources, 123 Kings Park Blvd. (Nissequogue River State Park) Kings Park, New York, 11754 - Map

The 2023 Commercial Fishing Quota Distribution Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 6 at 6:00 - 9:00 pm at DEC Division of Marine Resources Headquarters, 123 Kings Park Blvd. Kings Park, NY. All commercial fishing stakeholders are encouraged to attend and provide feedback on draft 2023 Quota Distribution Plans. The meeting will be held both in-person and online.

Join the meeting onlinehttps://meetny.webex.com/meetny/j.php?MTID=m8387ca5f720e31396da01b6892ad3ce2

Meeting number (Access Code): 161 625 9372
Webinar password: Quota2023

Join by phone:

  1. Dial 518-549-0500
  2. Enter Meeting number (Access Code): 161 625 9372
  3. If needed, enter meeting password: 78682202


Wednesday - 12/7
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. 



3:00 PMDEC Climate Justice Working Group to Meet
Contact  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

DEC Climate Justice Working Group to Meet 
 
What: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) 13-member Climate Justice Working Group (CJWG), established under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), will hold a meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. 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 will be an informational meeting with limited official action. Discussion will include an analysis of public comments received on the draft disadvantaged communities criteria. Members of the public are welcome to attend in person or listen to the meeting via webcast. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged and can be done by clicking the WebEx link below. 
 
When: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 3 p.m. ET    
 
Where:  
 
 
Webinar password: welcome12.7.22 (93526631 from phones) 

Audio: Dial 1-518-549-0500; Access code: 2349 112 4662  
 
In-Person - Event locations, times, and partners include
 
Hydroelectric Boardroom, 1333 Broadway, Suite 300, New York, NY 10018 (*in the NY Green Bank space)
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) 17 Columbia Circle, Board Room, Albany, NY 12203 
DEC Region 5 Office, 1115 New York State Route 86, Ray Brook, NY 12977-0296 
DEC Region 8 Office, 6274 East Avon-Lima Rd., Avon, NY 14414 
DEC Region 9 Office, 700 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 14209 
 
Additional Information: This meeting will also be recorded and posted on the Climate Act website within three days, or as soon as practicable. 


6:00 PMCommunity Air Monitoring Quarterly Meeting -- Buffalo/Niagara Falls/Tonawanda
https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/125320.html
Contact  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Community Air Monitoring
Location  Online / Virtual


DEC has scheduled virtual quarterly meetings that are part of the 2022-23 Statewide Community Air Monitoring Initiative.

Buffalo/Niagara Falls/Tonawanda:


 ASMFC Atlantic Striped Bass Draft Addendum I Public Hearing
https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/568.html
Contact  Stephanie Rekemeyer
stephanie.rekemeyer@dec.ny.gov
Location  NYSDEC Division of Marine Resources, 123 Kings Park Blvd. (Nissequogue River State Park) Kings Park, New York, 11754 - Map

The Atlantic Striped Bass Draft Addendum I to Amendment 7 is available online (PDF). This Draft Addendum presents background on ASMFC's management of striped bass commercial fisheries; the addendum process and timeline; and a statement of the problem. This document also provides management options for public consideration and comment. The public is encouraged to submit comments regarding the proposed management options in this document by January 13, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. (EST). Written comments can be made by email to comments@asmfc.org (Subject: Striped Bass Draft Addendum 1), by mail to Emilie Franke, ASMFC, 1050 N. Highland Street, Suite 200 A-N, Arlington, VA 22201, or by fax to (703) 842-0741.

New York State will host an in-person hearing to receive verbal public comments on Wednesday, December 7 at 6:00-9:00 pm at DEC Division of Marine Resources, 123 Kings Park Blvd, Kings Park.

Details to listen to the livestream of the meeting are available below. Attendees joining the livestream online or by phone are limited to listening only.



7:00 PMCanceled - Five 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

This program has been canceled due to forecasted rain and full cloud cover.

The December full moon, sometimes known as the Cold Moon, features crisp air as wintry weather moves in. Dress warmly for this guided walk. 

Space is limited. Please call 518-475-0291 by Monday, December 5 to register or for more information. 

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



Thursday - 12/8
10:00 AMVirtual Meeting - Greenidge Generation Station
https://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/123728.html
Contact  Daniel Whitehead, Director, NYSDEC Division of Environmental Permits
625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1750, Phone: (518) 402-9167, E-mail: depppermitting@dec.ny.gov.

Project Description

Greenidge Generation LLC (Greenidge) filed an application to renew its Clean Air Act Title V air permit 8-5736-00004/00017, effective September 7, 2016, for the continued operation of a natural gas-fired electric generating facility (facility) in the Town of Torrey, Yates County, on Seneca Lake.

Instructions for Attending the Issues Conferences

Instructions for Attending the December 8, 2022 Issues Conference

To observe the issues conference through the internet, go to link: https://meetny-broadcast-pilot.webex.com/meetny-broadcast-pilot/j.php?MTID=mb0ff7ee7d86b2532fa1925956eb2d516

Webinar number (access code): 2339 430 3216
Webinar password: Dec8-10AM (33280102 from phones)

To listen by phone only:

Dial: -518-549-0500
Access Code: 2339 430 3216

Instructions for Attending the December 9, 2022 Issues Conference

To observe the issues conference on December 9, 2022, through the internet, go to link: https://meetny-broadcast-pilot.webex.com/meetny-broadcast-pilot/j.php?MTID=m7a39cd85fecef018135bec9799c751d2

Meeting number (access code): 2341 483 0212
Meeting password: Dec9-10AM (33290102 from phones)

To listen by phone only:

Dial:1-518-549-0500
Access Code: 2341 483 0212

It is not necessary to register in advance to attend the issues conference.



4:30 PMReinstein Woods - Educator Workshop: Freedom Seekers
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

The Freedom Seekers curriculum project helps educators to increase their knowledge of the Great Lakes and environmental issues while incorporating Environmental Justice Education (EJE) approaches to teaching. Register online at reinsteinwoods.org/explore/programs-services/educator-workshops.

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.


6:00 PMCommunity Air Monitoring Quarterly Meeting -- Capital Region
https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/125320.html
Contact  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Community Air Monitoring
Location  Online / Virtual


DEC has scheduled virtual quarterly meetings that are part of the 2022-23 Statewide Community Air Monitoring Initiative.

Capital Region:


Friday - 12/9
 Brownfield App. - 2101 Kenmore Avenue Site (Tonawanda) 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 2101 Kenmore Avenue Site, site ID #C915391. This site is located in the Town of Tonawanda within Erie County and is located at 2101 Kenmore Avenue. Public comments about the application must be submitted by December 9, 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/C915391/

And at:

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY 14203


 Brownfield App. and Work Plan - 1612 Fifth Avenue Site (Islip) 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 and Draft Remedial Investigation Work Plan for a site known as 1612 Fifth Avenue, site ID #C152008. This site is located in the Hamlet of Bay Shore, in the Town of Islip, within the County of Suffolk, and is located at 1612 Fifth Avenue. Public comments about the application must be submitted by December 9, 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/C152008/

And at:

BayShore-Brightwaters Public Library
1 South Country Road
Brightwaters, NY 11718


 No Further Action Proposal - 130 Main Street Site (Buffalo) 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 for no further action for the 130 Main Street site #C915347 (Buffalo, Erie County) within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the proposal will be accepted through December 9, 2022.

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to learn about the no further action proposal and how to comment.

Project documents can be reviewed online at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/C915347/

And at:

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 858-8900



10:00 AMVirtual Meeting - Greenidge Generation Station
https://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/123728.html
Contact  Daniel Whitehead, Director, NYSDEC Division of Environmental Permits
625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1750, Phone: (518) 402-9167, E-mail: depppermitting@dec.ny.gov.

Project Description

Greenidge Generation LLC (Greenidge) filed an application to renew its Clean Air Act Title V air permit 8-5736-00004/00017, effective September 7, 2016, for the continued operation of a natural gas-fired electric generating facility (facility) in the Town of Torrey, Yates County, on Seneca Lake.

Instructions for Attending the Issues Conferences

Instructions for Attending the December 8, 2022 Issues Conference

To observe the issues conference through the internet, go to link: https://meetny-broadcast-pilot.webex.com/meetny-broadcast-pilot/j.php?MTID=mb0ff7ee7d86b2532fa1925956eb2d516

Webinar number (access code): 2339 430 3216
Webinar password: Dec8-10AM (33280102 from phones)

To listen by phone only:

Dial: -518-549-0500
Access Code: 2339 430 3216

Instructions for Attending the December 9, 2022 Issues Conference

To observe the issues conference on December 9, 2022, through the internet, go to link: https://meetny-broadcast-pilot.webex.com/meetny-broadcast-pilot/j.php?MTID=m7a39cd85fecef018135bec9799c751d2

Meeting number (access code): 2341 483 0212
Meeting password: Dec9-10AM (33290102 from phones)

To listen by phone only:

Dial:1-518-549-0500
Access Code: 2341 483 0212

It is not necessary to register in advance to attend the issues conference.



Saturday - 12/10
 Proposed Cleanup - 470 Kent 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 470 Kent Avenue site #C224053 (Brooklyn, Kings County) within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the proposal will be accepted through December 10, 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/C224053/

And at:

Brooklyn Public Library - Williamsburg Branch
240 Division Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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



10:00 AMFive Rivers: Family Fun : Winter 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

Where do turtles, frogs, and bees go in the winter? We'll start with a story to find out how some animals survive the cold, dark days of December. We’ll also meet Crane, our ambassador box turtle, before going for a short walk on the trails. For children ages 3–6, with an adult.



 Reinstein Woods - Not a Creature Was Stirring
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

Take a guided walk to learn about how our local wildlife get ready for the long winter season.

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 Journaling for Kids
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

We are all artists if we give ourselves the chance! First, we’ll make nature journals using mostly recycled materials. Then we’ll play games to sharpen our observation skills and practice drawing objects found in nature. We will be indoors and outdoors for this program. 

For children ages 7 and up, with an adult.

Space is limited. Please call 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, December 7 to register.



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