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Adirondack Explorer

January, 2019

Cuomo calls for New York ecotourism, using electric shuttles for crowded spots

“In heavily traveled areas and popular state-owned destinations, New York will invest in safe and environmentally friendly transportation options, launching electric shuttle systems and installing additional electric vehicle charging stations,” according to the governor’s 2019 agenda.

January, 2019

Legislation introduced to shrink threshold for APA clearcut permits

Bills re-introduced at the start of the New York Legislature’s 2019 session would require Adirondack Park Agency permits for clearcutting more than five acres of privately owned timberland.

January, 2019

Open Space Institute buys land in Adirondack foothills

The Open Space Institute has purchased 890 acres along the southern edge of the Adirondack Park, which OSI said will permanently protect the forested parcel.

December, 2018

State grants to help address Lake George sewage

The Town of Bolton will get $1 million to improve its wastewater treatment plant, main pump station and wastewater collection system, according to the Department of Economic Development.

December, 2018

State funding sewage projects along Lake Champlain

Among larger state grant approvals were $2.5 million for the Town of Moriah along the southwestern shore of Lake Champlain to reduce overflows at its sanitary sewer system by constructing some five miles of water collection systems, manholes, siphons and pump stations.

December, 2018

Adirondack Park Agency OKs plan by Lyme Timber to log 643 acres in Tupper Lake

Log truck

On about 180 acres of forested wetlands, Lyme plans to cut overstory trees, about half balsam fir, the rest red maple, quaking aspen and white birch, more than half of it unacceptable growing stock, the permit says. The understory has about 1,250 stems per acre of those species.

July, 2018

‘Explorer’ paddling rights case in judge’s hands after trial

A new ruling is expected by year’s end in the eight-year-old lawsuit that pits landowners against outside paddlers over rights to a two-mile waterway in the remote northwestern Adirondacks. State Supreme Court Justice Richard Aulisi, after hearing three weeks of trial testimony this summer, is tasked with deciding whether Mud Pond, its outlet and parts of Shingle Shanty Brook and Lilypad Pond are “navigable in fact” where they pass through private land and therefore open to any canoeist or kayaker. The land is owned and controlled by the Friends of Thayer Lake LLC and affiliated Brandreth Park Association, whose members >>More

June, 2018

State seeks to prevent algae blooms on Champlain, Lake George

New York environmental authorities and stakeholders have issued detailed plans for preventing harmful algae blooms on Lake Champlain and Lake George, which are among a dozen priority waterways statewide. The Cuomo administration has promised $65 million for the effort to rid New York lakes of the blooms, also called blue-green algae, that consist generally of visible surface patches of cyanobacteria. They have been a particular problem in the Finger Lakes. Naturally present in low numbers in most freshwater systems, their rapid growth is fueled by warm temperatures and high levels of organic nutrients, which include fertilizer and sewage. Some cyanobacteria >>More

January, 2018

Is rail car storage violating Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers System Act?

Adirondack Wild and the nonprofit law firm Earthjustice are urging the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) in a letter to use its authority to force the removal of the stored tanker cars in an area of the Park designated as wild and scenic river areas. The two groups have written a letter to the APA asserting the agency has the legal authority to do so because the storage violates the state’s Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers System Act, according to a press release issued January 4. We found this informational flyer from the APA explaining the act, including designated rivers in >>More

December, 2017

Turtle eggs in December at Adirondack Wildlife Refuge

Snapping turtles are hatching right now at the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge. Call it what you like–a fluke, a surprise–but Wendy Hall who runs the refuge with her husband calls it a clear sign of climate change. A nest of eggs found in Tupper Lake was brought to the refuge earlier this week, where Hall had them under a heat lamp. By Tuesday, two or three of them had hatched. Changes in the weather cause wildlife to readjust and warmer temperatures can throw off natural schedules. It affects animals that use snow for good tracking and hunting or those that hibernate. >>More