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 EPA says proposed regulation will do more than clean air http://wrvo.org/post/epa-says-proposed-regulation-will-do-more-clean-air <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to reduce carbon pollution nationwide means a goal of reducing carbon emissions in New York state by more than 40 percent. Judith </span>Enck<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the area's EPA regional administrator, was in Syracuse to discuss how the plan will allow the nation to keep producing energy, while reducing pollution. </span>Enck<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the regulation, which is scheduled to start in 2020, isn't just about protecting the environment from air pollution.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:44:38 +0000 Gino Geruntino 58995 at http://wrvo.org EPA says proposed regulation will do more than clean air Healthcare professionals against fracking urge state to look at more research http://wrvo.org/post/healthcare-professionals-against-fracking-urge-state-look-more-research <p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:13:14 +0000 Karen DeWitt 58699 at http://wrvo.org Healthcare professionals against fracking urge state to look at more research Environmental group tests Erie Canal and Oswego River water for invasive species http://wrvo.org/post/environmental-group-tests-erie-canal-and-oswego-river-water-invasive-species <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span><a href="http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/newyork/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Nature Conservancy</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and other environmental groups are making use of a recently developed DNA sampling technique to determine whether or not any invasive species might be swimming, living or growing in the Oswego River and Erie Canal. By taking hundreds of water samples, the group believes it can slow the growth of invasive species in the state.</span></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:26:56 +0000 Gino Geruntino 58344 at http://wrvo.org Environmental group tests Erie Canal and Oswego River water for invasive species Giant Hogweed poses threat to both plants and people http://wrvo.org/post/giant-hogweed-poses-threat-both-plants-and-people <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New York has a big problem with an invasive species you may have never heard of. Giant </span>hogweed<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a poisonous plant that can overtake entire fields with its giant leaves and can cause painful blisters on a person's skin. But the state Department of Environmental Conservation says it's stepping up its digging and spraying program to help control the plant and even eradicate it in some spots.</span></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 10:01:00 +0000 Gino Geruntino 58286 at http://wrvo.org Giant Hogweed poses threat to both plants and people Offshore wind energy faces setbacks in Great Lakes http://wrvo.org/post/offshore-wind-energy-faces-setbacks-great-lakes <div><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The United States is not yet generating a watt of energy from commercial offshore wind. A couple of years ago, it looked like the Great Lakes might lead the nation. Pennsylvania was among a handful of states working with federal agencies to speed up the process. &nbsp;As recently as a couple of months ago, construction of a wind farm in Lake Erie, off the Ohio shoreline near Cleveland, looked promising. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:03:17 +0000 Julie Grant 58176 at http://wrvo.org Offshore wind energy faces setbacks in Great Lakes Court of Appeals rules towns can ban fracking within their borders http://wrvo.org/post/court-appeals-rules-towns-can-ban-fracking-within-their-borders <p><span id="primaryContentDepotPortlet.contentDescription">In a 5-to-2 ruling, New York’s highest court has upheld the right of local governments to ban hydrofracking within their borders. The decision comes after a nearly three-year court battle over bans passed in the Towns of Dryden and Middlefield. Fracking opponents hope to now spread the bans to towns that were waiting for the court’s final ruling.</span></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:55:13 +0000 Matt Richmond 58161 at http://wrvo.org Court of Appeals rules towns can ban fracking within their borders Invasive insect threatening hemlock trees near Skaneateles Lake http://wrvo.org/post/invasive-insect-threatening-hemlock-trees-near-skaneateles-lake <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">There’s a new invasive insect causing problems in </span>Onondaga<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"> County. The hemlock woolly </span>adelgid<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"> has started feeding on hemlock trees in the watershed that provides water for the city of Syracuse.</span></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:54:42 +0000 Ellen Abbott 58113 at http://wrvo.org Invasive insect threatening hemlock trees near Skaneateles Lake IJC backs Plan 2014 to control Lake Ontario water levels http://wrvo.org/post/ijc-backs-plan-2014-control-lake-ontario-water-levels <p></p><p>The International Joint Commission says its recommendations to help restore some of the natural water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence Seaway will also benefit the lake's wetland wildlife. According to the commission, Plan 2014 will help Lake Ontario get closer to its natural ebb and flow throughout the year.<br /><br />Commissioner Dereth Glance says Plan 2014 strikes a balance between the current plan and the lakes original water levels about 60 years ago.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:24:47 +0000 Gino Geruntino 57488 at http://wrvo.org IJC backs Plan 2014 to control Lake Ontario water levels Onondaga County plans to spend $15 million to combat Emerald Ash Borer http://wrvo.org/post/onondaga-county-plans-spend-15-million-combat-emerald-ash-borer <p></p><p>Onondaga<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County expects to spend more than $15 million over the next 25 years to deal with the Emerald Ash Borer infestation. The plan targets almost 47,000 ash trees on county land that pose a danger if they fall over.</span></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:52:56 +0000 Ellen Abbott 57196 at http://wrvo.org Onondaga County plans to spend $15 million to combat Emerald Ash Borer 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 Onondaga County residents speak out against 'Trash to Ash' plan http://wrvo.org/post/onondaga-county-residents-speak-out-against-trash-ash-plan <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Opponents to a trash to ash plan between Onondaga and Cortland Counties had their say at an informational meeting on the environmental impact of the proposed move in the town of DeWitt last night. &nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 11:17:21 +0000 Ellen Abbott 57089 at http://wrvo.org Onondaga County residents speak out against 'Trash to Ash' plan Public to share concerns about 'Trash to Ash' plan during first hearing http://wrvo.org/post/public-share-concerns-about-trash-ash-plan-during-first-hearing <p>Onondaga County is hosting the first of several public hearings on a plan to import trash from Cortland County to burn at Onondaga County’s incinerator in Jamesville.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:30:23 +0000 Ellen Abbott 57059 at http://wrvo.org Public to share concerns about 'Trash to Ash' plan during first hearing Flipping the script on eminent domain http://wrvo.org/post/flipping-script-eminent-domain <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The federal government is considering an application to build a natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to </span>Schoharie<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County in New York. Often, the pipeline companies will use the threat of eminent domain as a way to pressure landowners into signing a lease agreement. But some landowners and activist groups are calling their bluff.</span></p><p>A short hike up the hill from Catherine Holleran’s house in New Milford, Pennsylvania is a small grove of maple trees.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 11:51:58 +0000 Matt Martin 55376 at http://wrvo.org Flipping the script on eminent domain Upstate NY sightings of monarch butterfly in danger http://wrvo.org/post/upstate-ny-sightings-monarch-butterfly-danger <p></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 10:44:56 +0000 Ellen Abbott 56694 at http://wrvo.org Upstate NY sightings of monarch butterfly in danger Doctors request another moratorium on New York hydrofracking http://wrvo.org/post/doctors-request-another-moratorium-new-york-hydrofracking <p></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 11:22:32 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 56576 at http://wrvo.org Doctors request another moratorium on New York hydrofracking Syracuse University and Harvard release carbon pollution study http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-university-and-harvard-release-carbon-pollution-study <p></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 11:29:27 +0000 Ellen Abbott 56512 at http://wrvo.org New York lawmakers rally behind efforts to combat climate change http://wrvo.org/post/new-york-lawmakers-rally-behind-efforts-combat-climate-change <p></p><p>A new White House climate report paints a dire picture for New York if something drastic isn't done to address climate change, and the Obama administration is preparing to act without Congress.<br /><br />The Third National Climate Assessment predicts dramatic changes in coastal states like New York. But the state’s junior Democratic senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, says upstate residents and businesses are at risk too.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 10:17:25 +0000 Matt Laslo 56384 at http://wrvo.org New York lawmakers rally behind efforts to combat climate change Ashokan Reservoir clouds Hudson Valley waters http://wrvo.org/post/ashokan-reservoir-clouds-hudson-valley-waters <p></p><p>Ulster County residents living along the lower Esopus Creek which drains the south-central Catskills have been noticing a steady decrease in water clarity. It’s because of dirty liquid being released from the upstream Ashokan Reservoir, courtesy of a New York City authority.</p><p>The Department of Environmental Conversation held a public comment session recently on the turbidity of Ashokan water.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 11:02:26 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 56171 at http://wrvo.org Ashokan Reservoir clouds Hudson Valley waters 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 Schumer calls for more water monitoring for algae blooms http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-calls-more-water-monitoring-algae-blooms <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Toxins that can cause blue-green algae outbreaks have been detected in 17 waterways in central New York, part of a state-wide increase that has prompted Sen. Charles </span>Schumer<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to call for more monitoring.</span></p><p>Schumer, a Democrat, says the federal Environmental Protection Agency should better test for the runoff and toxins that cause algae outbreaks.</p><p>Blue-green algae can sicken people and pets who swim in contaminated waters and it can harm drinking water.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 13:40:36 +0000 Ryan Delaney 55876 at http://wrvo.org Schumer calls for more water monitoring for algae blooms Onondaga County opens up new extension to Onondaga Lake Park Trail http://wrvo.org/post/onondaga-county-opens-new-extension-onondaga-lake-park-trail <p></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 11:35:50 +0000 Ellen Abbott 55872 at http://wrvo.org Onondaga County opens up new extension to Onondaga Lake Park Trail Public gets first chance to weigh in on 'Trash to Ash' plan http://wrvo.org/post/public-gets-first-chance-weigh-trash-ash-plan <p></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 11:43:04 +0000 Ellen Abbott 55812 at http://wrvo.org Public gets first chance to weigh in on 'Trash to Ash' plan 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 Madison County leads state e-waste recycling movement http://wrvo.org/post/madison-county-leads-state-e-waste-recycling-movement <p></p><p>There’s more urgency now than ever for New York state residents to dispose of certain electronic equipment. That’s why e-waste was emphasized in one central New York community on Earth Day this year.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:26:49 +0000 Ellen Abbott 54697 at http://wrvo.org Madison County leads state e-waste recycling movement Documents show fracking health study is ongoing, group claims http://wrvo.org/post/documents-show-fracking-health-study-ongoing-group-claims <p></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:45:07 +0000 Karen DeWitt 54568 at http://wrvo.org Documents show fracking health study is ongoing, group claims Shah’s resignation no surprise, say both sides of fracking debate http://wrvo.org/post/shah-s-resignation-no-surprise-say-both-sides-fracking-debate <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>There’s a "Help Wanted" sign at the state Department of Health after Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah announced his resignation effective at end of June.</p><p>The commissioner is unlikely to see out the release of a long-awaited health review on the impact of hydrofracking that he was commissioned to produce by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in November 2012.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:54:07 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 54120 at http://wrvo.org Shah’s resignation no surprise, say both sides of fracking debate Anti-fracking activist fights injunction in court http://wrvo.org/post/anti-fracking-activist-fights-injunction-court <p></p><p>A judge in Pennsylvania has loosened restrictions on anti-fracking activist Vera Scroggins. The original restrictions -- requested by Cabot Oil and Gas -- prevented Scroggins from visiting any land leased or owned by Cabot. The ruling last week says Scroggins has to stay away from Cabot drilling sites, producing wells and a dozen properties owned by the company.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:50:51 +0000 Matt Martin 53698 at http://wrvo.org Anti-fracking activist fights injunction in court 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