environment http://wrvo.org en A next step in Onondaga Lake restoration http://wrvo.org/post/next-step-onondaga-lake-restoration <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the removal and capping of industrial pollutants in </span>Onondaga<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Lake continues, planning for the next phase of restoration is beginning.</span></p><p>Honeywell’s dredging of the lake shore and wetlands restoration is meant to remediate and prevent further damage from chemicals dumped in and near the water. Now environmentalists are eyeing how to make Onondaga Lake useable again.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:48:43 +0000 Ryan Delaney 59180 at http://wrvo.org A next step in Onondaga Lake restoration Syracuse's Rosamond Gifford Zoo celebrates 100 years http://wrvo.org/post/syracuses-rosamond-gifford-zoo-celebrates-100-years <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>Rosamond<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Gifford Zoo is beginning it’s second century in Syracuse.</span></p><p>When the zoo opened it’s doors 100 years ago, visitors were treated to some birds and a bear. Director Ted Fox says it’s important to take stock after a century.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:26:59 +0000 Ellen Abbott 58568 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse's Rosamond Gifford Zoo celebrates 100 years Hydrofracking decison may impact more than just oil and gas industry http://wrvo.org/post/hydrofracking-decison-may-impact-more-just-oil-and-gas-industry <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt">&nbsp;</p><p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline">In a decision released last week, the highest court in New York ruled that local governments can ban drilling within their borders. And while hydrofracking remains on hold in the state, the ruling is expected to have a huge impact on the industry in New York if fracking is eventually permitted.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt">&nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:22:28 +0000 Matt Richmond 58546 at http://wrvo.org Hydrofracking decison may impact more than just oil and gas industry Environmentalists call for toxic site legislation as session closes http://wrvo.org/post/environmentalists-call-toxic-site-legislation-session-closes <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Environmental advocates are pressing the state legislature to renew a toxic site cleanup program before the session wraps up in a few days, even though there seems little interest in taking up any big issues in Albany.</span></p><p>Environmentalists are holding up the toxic site cleanup program’s renewal as a measure of a successful legislative session.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:04:35 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57107 at http://wrvo.org Hydrofracking debate follows Obama to Cooperstown http://wrvo.org/post/hydrofracking-debate-follows-obama-cooperstown <p></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 12:18:22 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 56237 at http://wrvo.org Albany not ready for crude oil accident http://wrvo.org/post/albany-not-ready-crude-oil-accident <p></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 11:19:09 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 56113 at http://wrvo.org Albany not ready for crude oil accident Syracuse begins insecticide doses to stop Emerald Ash Borer http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-begins-insecticide-doses-stop-emerald-ash-borer <p><object height="300" width="440"><param name="flashvars" value="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2F89351434%40N05%2Fsets%2F72157644808068343%2Fshow%2F&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2F89351434%40N05%2Fsets%2F72157644808068343%2F&amp;set_id=72157644808068343&amp;jump_to=" /><param name="movie" value="https://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=143270" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2F89351434%40N05%2Fsets%2F72157644808068343%2Fshow%2F&amp;page_show_ba Tue, 20 May 2014 23:24:58 +0000 Ryan Delaney 56080 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse begins insecticide doses to stop Emerald Ash Borer New living lab experiment at SU studies climate change impact on trees http://wrvo.org/post/new-living-lab-experiment-su-studies-climate-change-impact-trees <p></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 11:25:10 +0000 Ellen Abbott 55635 at http://wrvo.org New living lab experiment at SU studies climate change impact on trees Onondaga County's compost program is growing in more ways than one http://wrvo.org/post/onondaga-countys-compost-program-growing-more-ways-one <p></p><p>Onondaga County’s program that turns food waste into the compost and mulch we use in our gardens is expanding.</p><p>OCRRA, the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency, has installed new structures that make the process at the Amboy Compost Facility work like a well-oiled machine.<br /><br />It all starts with the food we throw away at restaurants, schools and grocery stores; the fruit rinds, the crusts of bread and corn husks. Those scraps are dumped into a new covered mixing area at the facility on Airport Road in Amboy.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 11:37:01 +0000 Ellen Abbott 55504 at http://wrvo.org Onondaga County's compost program is growing in more ways than one State Capitol celebrates Earth Day, activists call for environmental change http://wrvo.org/post/state-capitol-celebrates-earth-day-activists-call-environmental-change <p></p> Tue, 06 May 2014 11:01:02 +0000 Karen DeWitt 55345 at http://wrvo.org State Capitol celebrates Earth Day, activists call for environmental change Emerald Ash Borer poses bigger threat to central New York trees that expected http://wrvo.org/post/emerald-ash-borer-poses-bigger-threat-central-new-york-trees-expected <p></p><p>Homeowners in parts of Onondaga County with ash trees on their property, need to take action sooner than expected to deal with the Emerald Ash Borer.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:07:56 +0000 Ellen Abbott 53718 at http://wrvo.org Emerald Ash Borer poses bigger threat to central New York trees that expected Fish stocking program boosting Lake Ontario's viability http://wrvo.org/post/fish-stocking-program-boosting-lake-ontarios-viability <p></p><p>Lake Ontario is boasting some of the best sport fishing among the Great Lakes, thanks to a successful stocking program by New York state's environmental management agency.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Department of Environmental Conservation pumps ample supplies of trout and salmon into Lake Ontario and its tributaries every year. It attracts anglers from all over -- more than 2.5 million each season.</span></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:35:15 +0000 Ryan Delaney 52885 at http://wrvo.org Fish stocking program boosting Lake Ontario's viability University at Buffalo to tackle global environmental issues http://wrvo.org/post/university-buffalo-tackle-global-environmental-issues <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></p><p>A new institute designed to tackle complex environmental issues across the globe has been launched in upstate New York. This month, the University at Buffalo announced the launch of the RENEW (Research and Education in Energy, Environment, and Water) program.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:05:00 +0000 Kate O'Connell 51585 at http://wrvo.org University at Buffalo to tackle global environmental issues DEC proposal to kill invasive swans drawing protests http://wrvo.org/post/dec-proposal-kill-invasive-swans-drawing-protests <p></p><p>Most people think swans are beautiful. But the agreement seems to end there, when it comes to a new state plan to manage them. A proposal by the Department of Environmental Conservation to kill invasive mute swans isn’t flying with some animal lovers.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 12:44:08 +0000 Joanna Richards 51305 at http://wrvo.org DEC proposal to kill invasive swans drawing protests Downed trees from ice storm will be turned into energy http://wrvo.org/post/downed-trees-ice-storm-will-be-turned-energy <p></p><p>All the power lines have been fixed after <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/north-country-scraping-its-way-out-blanket-ice" target="_blank">last month’s ice storm</a>, and the crystal coatings have melted off the trees, but there’s still a persistent sign of the damage: lots of downed limbs.</p><p>Yards in the northern half of Jefferson County are full of tangled branches, sunk in the snow. Extricating them is going to be a long process, but there’s a plan in the works to give them a new life as fuel.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 00:46:13 +0000 Joanna Richards 50261 at http://wrvo.org Downed trees from ice storm will be turned into energy Cape Vincent tells state: we want decision on wind farm http://wrvo.org/post/cape-vincent-tells-state-we-want-decision-wind-farm <p>The town of Cape Vincent, in Jefferson County, has been divided over a proposed wind farm for a decade. The latest company to pursue the project is BP. But now, with a potential sale in the works, residents told the state power project siting board they’re getting impatient with the uncertainty.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 00:11:18 +0000 Joanna Richards 48379 at http://wrvo.org Cape Vincent tells state: we want decision on wind farm Researchers investigate link between water pollution and NY property values http://wrvo.org/post/researchers-investigate-link-between-water-pollution-and-ny-property-values <p></p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 13:25:23 +0000 Kate O'Connell 48271 at http://wrvo.org Researchers investigate link between water pollution and NY property values Meeting in Cape Vincent could shed light on wind farm's future http://wrvo.org/post/meeting-cape-vincent-could-shed-light-wind-farms-future <p></p><p>A proposed wind farm in Cape Vincent, in Jefferson County, has been in limbo since energy company BP said earlier this year that it's planning to sell off its entire wind power division.</p><p>Town officials have been anxious for news about the wind farm's fate since then. The review process that produced one tense public meeting after another came to an abrupt halt earlier this year.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 11:47:32 +0000 Joanna Richards 48074 at http://wrvo.org Meeting in Cape Vincent could shed light on wind farm's future Farmers say mounting state and federal paperwork is hurting business http://wrvo.org/post/farmers-say-mounting-state-and-federal-paperwork-hurting-business <p></p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:25:35 +0000 Ellen Abbott 48112 at http://wrvo.org Farmers say mounting state and federal paperwork is hurting business Winter crows invade Watertown http://wrvo.org/post/winter-crows-invade-watertown <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Every winter, Alfred Hitchcock's classic horror movie, “The Birds” gets a replay in Watertown. But not on the silver screen. Thousands of crows fly in from the countryside to roost overnight. The city's trying to evict them.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 01:40:26 +0000 Joanna Richards 47000 at http://wrvo.org Winter crows invade Watertown Asian carp could pose real threat to Great Lakes ecosystem http://wrvo.org/post/asian-carp-could-pose-real-threat-great-lakes-ecosystem <p>The threat of Asian Carp entering the Great Lakes has been talked about for years. While the potential of the invasive species on the lakes has not been fully determined, environmentalists are concerned the fish could hurt the lakes' ecosystem.<br /><br />Dave White, with New York Sea Grant, says big head and silver carp have been detected very close to the Great Lakes, so the risk of a flood introducing them into the lakes is always present.<br /> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 21:52:02 +0000 Gino Geruntino 46176 at http://wrvo.org Asian carp could pose real threat to Great Lakes ecosystem EPA praises Onondaga County for green infrastructure work http://wrvo.org/post/epa-praises-onondaga-county-green-infrastructure-work <p></p><p>A top official at the Environmental Protection Agency was in Syracuse on Monday to highlight the county's work in green infrastructure.</p><p>Hitting on Onondaga County's <a href="http://www.ongov.net/sustainability/water/str.html" target="_blank">Save the Rain program</a>, EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe outlined the agency's updated national green infrastructure strategy.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:23:43 +0000 Ryan Delaney 45985 at http://wrvo.org EPA praises Onondaga County for green infrastructure work 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 Scientists work to bring back American chestnut tree http://wrvo.org/post/scientists-work-bring-back-american-chestnut-tree <p>The American chestnut tree was once known as the king of the eastern forest. It tree grew more than 100 feet tall and six feet across, and accounted for a quarter of the timber in the woods. Its straight-grained wood was remarkably resistant to rot, and its nuts were a reliable source of food.</p><p>The chestnut was wiped out by blight in the early 20th century, but now scientists in Syracuse think they’re close to bringing it back.</p><p>Bill Coffin, 84, has spent a lifetime in love with the woods.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:36:49 +0000 David Chanatry 45766 at http://wrvo.org Scientists work to bring back American chestnut tree Lawsuit against Watertown industrial polluter gaining momentum http://wrvo.org/post/lawsuit-against-watertown-industrial-polluter-gaining-momentum <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Current and former residents of Watertown&#39;s north side neighborhood have been building a public case against the company New York Air Brake, over former chemical dumping they say has made them sick. The law firm of famous environmental attorney Erin Brockovich has taken interest in the case. Now, a lawsuit is shaping up, and the state Department of Health is planning its own investigation.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:05:05 +0000 Joanna Richards 45634 at http://wrvo.org Lawsuit against Watertown industrial polluter gaining momentum Opposition forms to proposed Binghamton to Syracuse pipeline http://wrvo.org/post/opposition-forms-proposed-binghamton-syracuse-pipeline <p></p><p>A group opposed to the construction of a new north-south natural gas pipeline that would run from Binghamton to Syracuse is hoping to get its message to landowners along the route before the gas company does.</p><p>Millennium Pipeline Company this May <a href="http://innovationtrail.org/post/proposed-line-would-move-natural-gas-binghamton-syracuse" target="_blank">proposed building the Upstate Pipeline</a> which would connect three east-west pipelines already in operation.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 18:13:57 +0000 Ryan Delaney 44584 at http://wrvo.org Opposition forms to proposed Binghamton to Syracuse pipeline Environmentalists call for cleaner power plants to reduce CO2 emissions http://wrvo.org/post/environmentalists-call-cleaner-power-plants-reduce-co2-emissions <p></p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 09:53:31 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 44029 at http://wrvo.org Environmental advocates say better staffing more important than bond act http://wrvo.org/post/environmental-advocates-say-better-staffing-more-important-bond-act <p></p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 11:25:13 +0000 Karen DeWitt 43849 at http://wrvo.org SUNY ESF combines values, architecture in new welcoming center http://wrvo.org/post/suny-esf-combines-values-architecture-new-welcoming-center <p></p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 10:52:03 +0000 Ellen Abbott 43845 at http://wrvo.org SUNY ESF combines values, architecture in new welcoming center Miner receives endorsement from environmentalist group http://wrvo.org/post/miner-receives-endorsement-environmentalist-group <p></p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 10:33:58 +0000 Ellen Abbott 43686 at http://wrvo.org Miner receives endorsement from environmentalist group