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March, 2019

Build a Greener Adirondacks Expo at The Wild Center


Build a Greener Adirondacks (BAGA), a day-long conference and vendor expo is set to return to The Wild Center on Thursday March 21 from 8:30 am to 5 pm. BAGA works to educate local builders, contactors, architects, code officials and engineers about the latest in energy and cost savings of green building practices and products. This year, the focus shifts to the qualitative aspects of green building: health, wellness and comfort. Break-out sessions include topics on effective marketing practices, green building and codes, air sealing, passive houses, and sourcing healthy materials and products. Registrants are also welcome to Wild Center >>More


March, 2019

Bauer: ORDA Should Not Play Games With Article XIV


It’s not every day that one gets to see a well-worn aphorism ring true. The philosopher George Santayana wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  In the Adirondacks this is now playing out at the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Recreation Area. The Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) manages this area for a variety of winter Olympic sports – cross-country skiing, biathlon, bobsled, and luge, among others. It’s also a popular cross-country ski area for the public, and starting in 2018 it became the staging area for a new trail to Cascade Mountain, where the public » >>More


March, 2019

Adirondack Council: Upcoming APA Meeting Comments


The Adirondack Park Agency will hold its March meeting on Thursday and Friday, March 14 and 15 at its headquarters in Ray Brook.  Here are some of the items on the agenda and the Adirondack Council’s reaction to them:  Presentation on Delegation Authority: Overall the Council recognizes the authority of the APA Board to delegate approval authority in accordance with section 809 of the APA Act and as specified within the APA’s Rules and Regulations. To date the authority vested in the Deputy Director of Regulatory Programs has been appropriate to accommodate various items that are deemed routine, non-controversial, and >>More


March, 2019

Curt Stager: What Climate Deniers Get Wrong


In his recent essay for Adirondack Explorer’s column, “It’s Debatable,” that was later re-published in the Almanack, John Droz presented more than an opinion that wind energy is a bad idea for the Adirondack Park. He also slipped in a » Continue Reading. View original post.


March, 2019

Hammond Pond Wild Forest Changes Highlight APA Agenda


The Adirondack Park Agency will hold its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Ray Brook on Thursday, March 14th and Friday March 15th, 2019. Thursday’s meeting will begin at 1 pm and Friday’s session will commence at 9 am. The meeting will feature a presentation on final draft of the Hammond Pond Wild Forest Unit Management Plan and consideration of a public comment period regarding conformance of the plan to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. Also a presentation on road salt reduction initiatives around Lake George is on the agenda, and more. What follows is the agenda issued >>More


March, 2019

91% of Hamilton Co Lakes Studied Affected by Road Salt


Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute and the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District have collaborated on a study detailing long term trends of the water quality in 21 Hamilton County lakes. “The State of Hamilton County Lakes: A 25 Year Perspective 1993 – 2017” was developed to deliver a countywide assessment of the current and historical water quality status and in hopes of guiding future watershed management decisions. <img class="wp-image-149270 alignright" src="https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Piseco-Lake-by-Jamie-Parslow-540×405.png" alt="" width="251" height="188" srcset="https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Piseco-Lake-by-Jamie-Parslow-540×405.png 540w, https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Piseco-Lake-by-Jamie-Parslow-300×225.png 300w, https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Piseco-Lake-by-Jamie-Parslow-768×576.png 768w, https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Piseco-Lake-by-Jamie-Parslow-600×450.png 600w, https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Piseco-Lake-by-Jamie-Parslow-250×188.png 250w, https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Piseco-Lake-by-Jamie-Parslow.png 1017w" sizes="(max-width: 251px) 100vw, » Continue Reading. View original post.


March, 2019

St. Regis Falls Dam A Renewable Energy Option


Saranac Lake based Northern Power & Light, Inc. has gained approval to operate under a new program created by New York State that allows electric customers to purchase a share of the electricity from a small renewable generator. The company operates a a 700 kW hydroelectric plant, Azure Mountain Power, in St Regis Falls. As generators under the program produce power, it creates a credit on the customer’s utility bill, similar to rooftop solar. Small renewable energy generators like NP&L then collect for the value of the credits on behalf of the generator. The total cost to the customer stays >>More


March, 2019

Dave Gibson: E-Bikes Are Not For The Forest Preserve


Jack Drury’s recent essay promoting the use of E-bikes opens with the challenge facing an older but reasonably well conditioned body attempting to keep up with younger bicycle riders. Jack articulates well what many of us baby boomers are feeling as we take up a ski, paddle, hike, or bike with younger friends and colleagues. We think we are reasonably fit, but how to keep up? Especially, as Jack wondered, on the uphill sections? For the peddling portion of this “keep up with our younger friends” challenge, Jack promotes the » Continue Reading. View original post.


March, 2019

Debatable: Should Renewable Energy Be An APA Priority? Yes


“It’s Debatable” appears in each issue of the Adirondack Explorer. This essay by Adirondack North Country Association’s Sean Connin is a companion piece to “Debatable: Should Renewable Energy Be An APA Priority? No” by John Droz Jr., physicist and environmental advocate at Brantingham Lakes. Locally sourced renewable energy — whether from wood, water, wind, sun, geothermal, or plant and animal waste — is important to the park’s future. It provides a multiplier for local economies, builds on traditions of self-reliance, and can provide environmental and social benefits. The trick is to design these renewable projects and practices to fit the local >>More


March, 2019

Debatable: Should Renewable Energy Be An APA Priority? No


“It’s Debatable” appears in each issue of the Adirondack Explorer. This essay by John Droz Jr., physicist and environmental advocate at Brantingham Lakes, is a companion piece to “Debatable: Should Renewable Energy Be An APA Priority? Yes” by Adirondack North Country Association’s Sean Connin. It’s very appropriate that the Adirondack Park Agency periodically review regional issues to decide what items should be added, deleted or re-prioritized, to best meet its mission. Recently, the APA released a proposed renewable energy policy. The stated rationale for this significant policy is for the APA to meaningfully address anthropogenic global warming (AGW). As a scientist >>More