By Michael Virtanen Federal authorities have granted the utility operating a power dam on the Ausable River near Lake Champlain another year’s postponement on its requirement to install a fish passage system. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s decision on June 7 gives New York State Electric and Gas its sixth one-year extension. According to FERC, the utility’s renewed license for its nearly three-megawatt-capacity hydroelectric station at Rainbow Falls requires the fish passage. Monitoring now will be required next May, with reports due at the end of 2019 following consultations with New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Fish >>More
It’s scary to get lost while hiking. It’s worse when you have children who depend on you to deliver them safely out of the woods.
The former project manager of the Lake George Watershed Coalition has been indicted on 22 charges, accused of bilking more than $400,000 over several years from the consortium established to protect the lake’s health and beauty.
By Michael Virtanen It took Bob Keller a few tries to start the single engine of his Cessna that was still warm from his flight to the Lake Placid Airport from his home in Boonville. It has fuel injection, the pilot explained, making it tricky to start warm. A flier for decades, Keller did his instrument and safety checks out loud, making sure the photographer and the writer he was taking over the High Peaks were shoulder-strapped in their seats and had headsets on with the switches set to cancel out the engine’s roar. Carl Heilman II and I were >>More
A small-plane flight Tuesday over the 30-mile rail line from the old titanium mine in Newcomb down to North Creek confirmed that all the tank cars that had been stored along the tracks over the winter were gone.
A new study shows runoff from decades of road salting in the Adirondacks polluted more of half of the wells tested downslope from state roads and highways.
Brandon Loomis, a senior environmental reporter at the Arizona Republic since 2012, has been named editor of the Adirondack Explorer. He will start in July, succeeding Editor Phil Brown, who announced his retirement earlier this year.
A state judge has ruled that a village near the Adirondack Park improperly allowed all-terrain vehicles to operate on two of its streets without first justifying that a new ATV trail couldn’t othewise be connected to the Lewis County trail system. Acting State Supreme Court Justice Peter Schwerzmann, in a decision handed down Monday, concluded Constableville’s local law adopted in June 2017 first requires a documented finding that it is “otherwise impossible” to connect the new trail for off-road motorized vehicles. The Village Board’s statement that this is the case and the street access wass the only way to connect >>More
The North Creek railway has been removing the equipment for its tourist trains and the remaining tankers stored on the tracks farther north
A midlevel state court has rejected challenges by environmentalists to the Adirondack Park Agency’s 2016 decision to allow a new snowmobile trail in the Essex Chain Lakes region. Protect the Adirondacks and Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve sued in State Supreme Court in Albany contending that the management plan violates the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan, the state Wild, Scenic, and Recreational Rivers System Act, and state snowmobile-trail policy. Named as defendants are the state Department of Environmental Conservation, which drafted the management plan, and the APA, which approved it. The Appellate Division justices, upholding the lower >>More