Paddlers are planning to congregate at Weller Pond Saturday to show their support for making the water body, along with Little Weller Pond, motorless.
Federal inaction on Midwestern pollution controls represents a threat of returned acid rain deposition in the Adirondacks, according to Sen. Chuck Shchumer.
Lake Placid has three times more parking asphalt than state roadways, compounding salt pollution from snowplow operations.
Lake Champlain’s Port Henry Beach in the eastern Adirondacks has reopened to swimming after it was closed for a week because of harmful algae blooms.
Would-be swimmers at Lake George’s Million Dollar Beach, which closed for 10 days last summer and one day this year due to high coliform bacteria counts, can call to check whether it’s open for swimming.
The state announced this week that it is plans to limit parking at busy trailheads, but a leading environmental organization says it needs to take that plan one step further. Adirondack Council says the state should implement a permit system that requires people to make reservations ahead of time at busy trailheads.
The state announced several initiatives today to address issues related to overuse in the High Peaks. The High Peaks, Dix, Giant and Hurricane Wildernesses, Baxter Mountain, and the Saranac Lake 6’er peaks are attracting an unprecedented number of users, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The increase in hikers, climbers and campers has resulted in dangerous driving conditions along the state Route 73 corridor from Chapel Pond to Cascade Mountain during peak days in the summer and fall. That’s because parking lots overflow and people park alongside the state highway. In addition, trails have become eroded, garbage has >>More
NL Industries stopped digging for titanium ore at Tahawus in the 1980s, but the mine remains a visible presence on the edge of the High Peaks Wilderness. Hikers driving to the Upper Works trailhead pass a stretch of the Hudson River lined with rock tailings from the mine. Those who venture up nearby Mount Adams or one of several other peaks look down on a pile of loose stone that rises three hundred feet.
Adirondack Wild says a permit system is a good idea and suggested the concept in its comment letter to the state Adirondack Park Agency and Department of Environmental Conservation regarding the recently proposed amendments to the the High Peaks Wilderness unit management plan.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed dozens of new trails, parking areas, canoe launches, campsites, and other facilities in the High Peaks Wilderness—some of them controversial. The APA is expected to vote on the proposals this summer, perhaps as early as July.