Sarah Harris http://wrvo.org en North Country communities awarded money for brownfields http://wrvo.org/post/north-country-communities-awarded-money-brownfields <p></p><p>Three North Country communities were awarded grant money from New York state yesterday to address contaminated sites called brownfields.</p><p><span class="fullstory"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">The village of Lyons Falls in Lewis County received over half a million dollars to figure out a plan for 4 sites – including the old abandoned paper mill in the center of town.</span></span></p><p><span class="fullstory">Katie Liendecker is mayor of Lyons Falls. She says the mill is in pretty bad shape.</span></p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 21:15:53 +0000 Sarah Harris 45847 at http://wrvo.org North Country communities awarded money for brownfields Research examines links between runoff and phosphorus pollution http://wrvo.org/post/research-examines-links-between-runoff-and-phosphorus-pollution <p></p><p>Farmers in the Champlain Valley often use tile drains in their fields. They help the region’s clay soil drain faster and produce higher crop yields. But for years, Lake Champlain has had high levels of phosphorus pollution, which can result in toxic blue-green algae blooms, and farm runoff is one of the primary contributors.</p><p>Now scientists are trying to figure out whether there’s a link between tile drainage and phosphorus pollution.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 10:54:05 +0000 Sarah Harris 42563 at http://wrvo.org Research examines links between runoff and phosphorus pollution Is Plattsburgh Montreal's suburb? http://wrvo.org/post/plattsburgh-montreals-suburb <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Jonathan Slater teaches communications at SUNY Plattsburgh. It’s the end of the work day, and he’s headed out to his car to go home.</p><p>But Slater’s commute involves an international border. He lives on the south shore of Montreal, and commutes to Plattsburgh every day.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:57:18 +0000 Sarah Harris 40836 at http://wrvo.org Is Plattsburgh Montreal's suburb? Sailing through history http://wrvo.org/post/sailing-through-history <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The Lois McClure is a replica of an 1862 canal schooner that's also a floating museum. This summer she's commemorating 19th century transportation history by traveling from Lake Champlain, across the canal system to Buffalo, down the St. Lawrence river to Montreal, and back again.</p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 10:40:00 +0000 Sarah Harris 40527 at http://wrvo.org Sailing through history Amish dairy farmers work with Agri-Mark to get milk to market http://wrvo.org/post/amish-dairy-farmers-work-agri-mark-get-milk-market <p>St. Lawrence County may be losing population, but there's one group that keeps growing: Old Order Amish. They've moved to northern New York because of cheap, available farmland. But in order to maintain their lifestyle, the Amish need a market for the milk the produce. So they've turned to an unlikely partner: dairy co-op Agri-Mark.&nbsp;</p><p>Drive down some roads in the county, and it’s like stepping back in time.&nbsp;Traffic comes from buggies, not cars. Children in dark clothes and straw hats and bonnets play in neatly kept farm yards.</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 13:04:14 +0000 Sarah Harris 40086 at http://wrvo.org Amish dairy farmers work with Agri-Mark to get milk to market Lake Champlain's new waste boat http://wrvo.org/post/lake-champlains-new-waste-boat <p><span id="primaryContentDepotPortlet.contentDescription">Lake Champlain is about to get a little cleaner. A new boat — a sort of waterborne honey-wagon — that collects sewage from boaters' tanks was christened yesterday in Burlington.</span></p><p>It’s pouring rain at the Burlington waterfront. But that doesn’t stop about 20 people from coming to watch the launch of Lake Champlain’s newest service boat.</p><p>It’s called Champlain’s Ark. And its job isn’t pretty: hauling and disposing human waste so boaters don’t empty their tanks directly into the lake.</p> Sat, 15 Jun 2013 12:36:00 +0000 Sarah Harris 39440 at http://wrvo.org Lake Champlain's new waste boat Underwater power line could bring N.Y. power to New England http://wrvo.org/post/underwater-power-line-could-bring-ny-power-new-england <p>A Massachusetts company wants to build an underwater transmission line from Plattsburgh to Burlington, Vt. that could give New York energy producers access to a new market.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 17:11:00 +0000 Sarah Harris 39080 at http://wrvo.org Upstate farmers get innovative to access major food markets http://wrvo.org/post/upstate-farmers-get-innovative-access-major-food-markets <p>Most of the time, Eric Andrus is a beef and rice farmer. But lately, he’s learning to be a boat builder. On this day, he’s in the barn, sanding the hull of a big wooden barge.</p><p>“We’re about to apply the second layer of plywood,”&nbsp;Andrus&nbsp;says.</p> Fri, 24 May 2013 13:09:30 +0000 Sarah Harris 38383 at http://wrvo.org Upstate farmers get innovative to access major food markets Vermont grants driver's licenses to migrant workers http://wrvo.org/post/vermont-grants-drivers-licenses-migrant-workers <p>Dairy farms in northern New York and Vermont have faced a major labor shortage, which means that migrant laborers from Mexico and Guatemala are now milking many of the region's cows. But farm country here is not an easy place to be a migrant worker: It's rural, hard to get around, and there's not a big Latino population. But a new law means that migrant workers in Vermont will soon be able to drive legally. Mon, 13 May 2013 13:16:05 +0000 Sarah Harris 37715 at http://wrvo.org Vermont grants driver's licenses to migrant workers Champlain Hudson Power Express project moves a step forward with state approval http://wrvo.org/post/champlain-hudson-power-express-project-moves-step-forward-state-approval <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The Champlain Hudson Power Express, or<a href="http://www.chpexpress.com/" target="_blank"> CHPE,</a> is the name of a proposed underground transmission line that would bring hydropower generated in Canada under both Lake Champlain and the Hudson River, and into New York City. Now, the project is one step closer to becoming a reality, following approval by the New York State Public Service Commission Thursday. Fri, 19 Apr 2013 19:30:52 +0000 Sarah Harris 36488 at http://wrvo.org Champlain Hudson Power Express project moves a step forward with state approval Vermont, New York weigh in on proposed natural gas pipeline http://wrvo.org/post/vermont-new-york-weigh-proposed-natural-gas-pipeline <p>People packed into the high school auditorium in Hinesburg, Vt. last week, to voice their opinions on a <a href="http://innovationtrail.org/post/vt-ny-natural-gas-pipeline-stirs-debate">proposed natural gas pipeline</a> before the Vermont Public Service Board. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 13:21:05 +0000 Sarah Harris 35487 at http://wrvo.org Vermont, New York weigh in on proposed natural gas pipeline Will hydropower from Quebec supply New York City? http://wrvo.org/post/will-hydropower-quebec-supply-new-york-city <p>In Québec, electricity is cheap. Hydro-Québec, a state-owned utility,&nbsp;has over 60 generating stations that use the province’s rivers to produce power.&nbsp;One of them is Beauharnois, southwest of Montreal on the St. Lawrence River. Thu, 21 Mar 2013 13:32:58 +0000 Sarah Harris 35064 at http://wrvo.org Will hydropower from Quebec supply New York City? New York, IBM partner in STEM education program http://wrvo.org/post/new-york-ibm-partner-stem-education-program <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced earlier this week that IBM and New York state are teaming up to provide science and technology education, otherwise known as STEM, to high schoolers. Sun, 03 Mar 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Sarah Harris 34052 at http://wrvo.org New York, IBM partner in STEM education program SUNY Adirondack, BOCES partner on high school program http://wrvo.org/post/suny-adirondack-boces-partner-high-school-program <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury and the Board of Cooperative Educational Services, or BOCES, serving the surrounding counties are partnering on a new science and technology program for high school students. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:00:12 +0000 Sarah Harris 33621 at http://wrvo.org Vermont - New York natural gas pipeline stirs debate http://wrvo.org/post/vermont-new-york-natural-gas-pipeline-stirs-debate <p>At a public meeting in Hinesburg, Vt. last month, residents crowded into the town hall to ask questions about a natural gas pipeline that might be going through their community. &nbsp;</p><p class="p1">Mark Ames wasn’t too happy. "I’m not interested in having a gas line either through in front of my house, 20 feet in front of my house, or behind my house, through my fields," he said. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 10:17:00 +0000 Sarah Harris 33425 at http://wrvo.org Vermont - New York natural gas pipeline stirs debate New York's small gun retailers have to adjust to new gun laws http://wrvo.org/post/new-yorks-small-gun-retailers-have-adjust-new-gun-laws <p>If you’re buying a gun, chances are you can find what you want at big box stores like Gander Mountain, Dicks, and Walmart. But New York state is also home to over 1,800 small gun retailers, who are trying to adjust to the state¿s new gun laws. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 16:02:47 +0000 Sarah Harris 32887 at http://wrvo.org New York's small gun retailers have to adjust to new gun laws North Country sustainability plan considers environment, economy http://wrvo.org/post/north-country-sustainability-plan-considers-environment-economy <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The North Country Sustainability Plan was unveiled last week. It tackles energy, land use, transportation and water and waste management across seven counties.The Adirondack North Country Association, Ecology and Environment Inc., and Essex County spent much of the past year compiling the plan. They enlisted the help of another 200 people from around the region for the working groups. Sat, 02 Feb 2013 10:53:00 +0000 Sarah Harris 32740 at http://wrvo.org North Country sustainability plan considers environment, economy Massachusetts motor company brings new jobs to Glens Falls http://wrvo.org/post/massachusetts-motor-company-brings-new-jobs-glens-falls <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>New York Electric Motor Service, a small motor company based in Glens Falls, changed hands at the beginning of the year, and additional hiring is likely to follow. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 21:00:51 +0000 Sarah Harris & sAR 31913 at http://wrvo.org Extension of wind energy production tax credit likely to trigger rush on components http://wrvo.org/post/extension-wind-energy-production-tax-credit-likely-trigger-rush-components-0 <p>The last-minute fiscal cliff deal brought good news for the wind industry. Congress agreed to extend production tax credits for wind energy producers until the end of 2013. Fri, 04 Jan 2013 21:25:43 +0000 Sarah Harris 31388 at http://wrvo.org Extension of wind energy production tax credit likely to trigger rush on components Nearing fiscal cliff, wind industry waits http://wrvo.org/post/nearing-fiscal-cliff-wind-industry-waits <p>For wind energy producers, the looming expiration date for the production tax credits, or PTCs, is getting even closer.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 14:50:41 +0000 Sarah Harris 31039 at http://wrvo.org Nearing fiscal cliff, wind industry waits In the Adirondacks, a new model of primary care http://wrvo.org/post/adirondacks-new-model-primary-care <p>On a Monday afternoon in December the Moreau Family Health Center, just south of Glens Falls, is packed.&nbsp;The doctor’s seeing patients back-to-back - and so is care coordinator Jessica Casey.&nbsp; Fri, 21 Dec 2012 13:36:40 +0000 Sarah Harris 30827 at http://wrvo.org In the Adirondacks, a new model of primary care