By Ry Rivard Lake George is one of the most pristine lakes of its kind in the country. Still, it's showing signs of wear and tear, thanks to its popularity. Last fall, a first-of-its-kind algal bloom in the lake shook already anxious watchdogs … [Read more...] about Lake George neighbors want to protect crystalline waters when nature calls
Biologists fear Moriah clean-energy project threatens endangered species By Ry Rivard In the five years before the iron mine closed for good in 1930, miners hauled 400,000 tons of the world’s finest ore out of Barton Hill. When they left to … [Read more...] about Let sleeping bats lie?
'Constant assault' on air, water protections may not leave lasting damage, but advocates lament lost time on climate By Ry Rivard For the past four years, Adirondack environmentalists have been waiting for news to come down from Whiteface … [Read more...] about As Trump administration winds down, Adirondack environmentalists breathe easier
By Ry Rivard For years, Jan and John Frederick, the owners of a farm near the Finger Lakes, were fighting the state for polluting their water supply. A week ago, a judge handed them a rare victory over state transportation officials for … [Read more...] about Judge penalizes state for salt pollution
Our first cover story of the year was about algal blooms, the harmful outbreaks of bacteria that have been plaguing Lake Champlain and other lakes around the world. We reported on the conditions that made those blooms a menace: runoff from dairy … [Read more...] about 2020 EXPLORED: Harmful algal blooms
Bait buckets. Canals. Boat bottoms. Firewood. Boots. Packaging. The ways that invasive species get into the Adirondacks are countless. The damage they then cause is too. This year, the Explorer looked at several major invaders and the … [Read more...] about 2020 EXPLORED: Invasive species