Wednesday, June 28, 2017

John Collins’ Stewardship, Friendship, Respect, and Mentorship

My admiration of the late John Collins of Blue Mountain Lake and Indian Lake grew significantly after hearing the eulogies by John’s family and friends at the Adirondack Museum (Experience). The slivers of time that I shared with John since I first met him at the Adirondack Park Agency thirty years ago became tall pillars of pine after hearing from those who grew up with John, or grew better and stronger thanks to their interactions and positive influence.   Environmental values were broadly present in the crowd attending these eulogies. To me, John was heroic from that perspective. During the time >>More


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

E.coli Testing Continues At Reopened Million Dollar Beach

Million Dollar Beach reopened again Saturday, June 24, after E.coli tested at a level safe for swimming, according to a DEC press release that also said if the levels rise again, signs will be posted at the beach letting swimmers know of a closure. Daily sampling of the water will continue. The town, village, DEC and a number of other local organizations concerned with the lake water continue to try to identify a possible source of E.coli affecting the beach. Patrick Dowd, director of communication for the Lake George Association, said the agencies have had some success eliminating potential sources. >>More


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

DEC Releases Proposed Solid Waste Regs For Public Comment

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced they are proposing amended revisions to the state’s Solid Waste Management Regulations, commonly referred to as Part 360. DEC’s Part 360 regulations set design standards and operational criteria for all solid waste management facilities. A link to the text of the proposed revisions and associated rulemaking documents is available on DEC’s website. Oral and written comments on the proposed rulemaking will be accepted at a public hearing on Thursday, July 13 at 1 pm at DEC’s headquarters at 625 Broadway, Albany. Comments may also be emailed to SolidWasteRegulations@dec.ny.gov until >>More


Monday, June 26, 2017

Lake Champlain Program Releases Updated Management Plan

The Lake Champlain Basin Program has released a new version of Opportunities for Action: An Evolving Plan for the Future of the Lake Champlain Basin. The management plan is expected to guide the LCBP’s work over the next five years in improving and restoring water quality and ecosystem integrity in the watershed. The report lays out objectives and strategies to address four primary goals: Clean Water, Healthy Ecosystems, Thriving Communities, and an Informed and Involved Public. The 2017 version of the plan is its fourth iteration. Like previous updates in 2003 and 2010, the 2017 version addresses the latest challenges >>More


Saturday, June 24, 2017

PROTECT Statement On End Of 2017 Legislative Session

What follows is a statement issued by PROTECT.  The 2017 New York State Legislative session ended on June 21st as both houses adjourned and left Albany. It remains unclear at this time if the two houses will return to complete unfinished business. The two houses were deadlocked over issues of “Mayoral Control” of New York City schools and extensions for local taxation districts across the state. Both of these issues are important for New York City and state residents and may require further action. There was unfinished business for the Adirondacks as well. The two houses were close to reaching an >>More


Friday, June 23, 2017

John Sheehan: Land Bank Constitutional Amendment Not Finished, Yet

A bi-partisan team of NYS Legislators reached a tentative agreement on an amendment to the “Forever Wild” clause of the State Constitution Wednesday night, but were unable to get the final bills approved before members of both houses returned to their districts. Sponsors were hopeful today that the final agreement could be approved by both houses before the legislative session ends for the year. Neither house had declared its session to be formally ended when both houses sent their members home shortly before midnight Wednesday. If approved by the Legislature, the amendment would be presented to the voters in November. >>More


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Jack Drury Responds To Boreas Ponds Hut-to-Hut Concerns

Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his State of the State Message in January, indicated that the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) “…will construct infrastructure at Boreas Ponds in the Adirondacks and build trails as part of the ‘hut-to-hut’ system that links state lands to community amenities. DEC is committed to expanding recreational opportunities for hikers, bikers, skiers, paddlers, horseback riders, hunters, anglers and others. Outdoor enthusiasts of all skills and abilities will be able to enjoy, for the first time, the most significant addition in the history of the Adirondack Forest Preserve,” according to the statement. » Continue Reading. View >>More


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Wanted: Grassroots Independent Candidates for Local Office

A regionally based organizing committee is seeking those interested in campaigning for local office this fall and open to the idea of running on a slate with other like-minded “grassroots independent” candidates using the same independent, non-established-political-party ballot line. The project is an outgrowth of the massive women’s march that took place in Washington, DC, this past January and the concurrent march in Lewis, NY, that drew more than 400 participants. So far, this electoral approach involves concerned citizens from Clinton, Essex, Franklin and Hamilton counties. The slate is open to candidates who can endorse a platform that is pro-democracy, >>More


Monday, June 19, 2017

Glamping at Boreas Ponds: Not Your Grandfather’s Cabin Tents

At the Boreas Ponds classification hearing held in Albany on December 7, 2016, Ross Whaley reminded the audience that public opinion alone doesn’t determine a land classification. As a former chairman of the Adirondack Park Agency, Mr. Whaley would know. But at that same hearing — the last in a series of eight hosted by the APA — about eighty people stepped up to the podium to make their voices heard, in a marathon session that stretched a good four hours. A lot of people had something to say about Boreas Ponds that afternoon. And by the time the written >>More


Monday, June 19, 2017

Former Newcomb Supervisor George Canon, 77

George Canon, the longtime supervisor of Newcomb, died at Glens Falls Hospital on Sunday morning. He was 77. Canon served 13 terms as town supervisor, from 1990 to 2015. He was known as a fighter for his town and often clashed with environmental activists whom he regarded as anti-development. As supervisor, he fought for the preservation and restoration of Camp Santanoni, which some people wanted to be torn down or abandoned. Before getting into politics, Canon worked at the now-closed titanium mine in Tahawus. In 2007, he sat down with Dick Beamish, the founder of the Adirondack Explorer, for an >>More


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