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Supervisor Venuti to lead Seneca Lake group

Of the 40 municipalities in the Seneca Lake watershed, slightly more than half are part of a group working to protect the lake and improve water quality. The new chairman of that group, officially called the Seneca Watershed Intermunicipal Organization, wants that number to go up. “In 2018, we will be working to have more of the municipalities in the... more

DEBRIEF: Breaking down the biggest political news in 2017 (podcast)

Episode #15 of the Debrief Podcast marked the final show of 2017 from Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso, who has discussed a variety of political, social, and economic issues in the FingerLakes1.com Studio. On the special, ‘year-end’ edition of the pod, the duo discussed Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb’s viability in 2018, a number of state proposals that will be... more

BURNING UP: Residents voice concerns about $365M proposal in Romulus

There wasn’t anything on the Romulus Town Board agenda that interested residents like the $365 million incineration facility proposed for a portion of the former-Seneca Army Depot. Yet that project wasn’t even on the agenda. Since the Romulus Planning Board has final, and most-say in the matter, according to officials at all levels – it’s a decision that Romulus Town... more

Officials, stakeholders react as Canandaigua, Seneca lakes excluded from Cuomo’s 12th budget proposal

Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled his 12th proposal for the 2018 budget. Activists and elected officials alike are concerned that both Seneca and Canandaigua lakes were excluded from the proposal. It involves implementing a $65 million 4-point initiative to aggressively combat harmful algal blooms in Upstate New York that threaten the recreational use of lakes that are important to upstate tourism,... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Reporter Peter Mantius talks local headlines, changes in the news business (podcast)

How does a newspaper veteran with history and experience in Atlanta and the New York City-area get involved with covering some of the most-controversial topics in the Finger Lakes? For Peter Mantius, it started with a move to Watkins Glen. He moved to Watkins Glen from Long Island, where he ran a couple business publications. Most of his career was... more

Geneva Councilor Ken Camera: City needs to pony up for watershed group

The health of Seneca Lake correlates directly with the health of the city and region. That is the belief of Ken Camera. It’s why the Ward 4 councilor thinks the city should spend money toward improving a body of water whose quality has been scrutinized more intensely in recent years, with outbreaks of harmful algal blooms topping the list of... more

FERC officially vacates natural gas storage OK in Reading

Now that it has a quorum of members, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission formally has vacated its 2014 order allowing Arlington Storage to store natural gas in abandoned underground salt caverns on the southwest side of Seneca Lake. The Dec. 21 action was expected once FERC had a sufficient number of members to act. Arlington Storage had asked FERC to... more

Owasco Lake council amends bylaws in midst of paused inspection program transfer

The Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council passed amendments to its bylaws Tuesday, perhaps making it a step closer to satisfying parties involved with the potential transfer of the watershed’s inspection program. Errors in the bylaws were brought to the management council’s attention in November during the council’s effort to take on the Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program from the Cayuga... more

Finger Lakes level management concerns downstream property owners

Carl Wiezalis is already thinking spring, but not for pleasant reasons. A representative of the Central New York Waterways Inc., Wiezalis owns property on Cross Lake. With flooding an issue this summer and again in late fall (Wiezalis said he had to hire divers to pull his lift out of the lake), he’s dreading what spring freshets could bring. “We’re... more

State Canal Corp. postpones vegetation plan pending public meetings

The New York State Canal Corporation says it will delay plans to cut down trees and other natural growth along sections of the Erie Canal until it has heard from concerned members of the public. The corporation’s vegetation management plan had called for the removal of vegetation to help strengthen canal embankments in parts of Monroe and Orleans Counties. The... more

Despite a century of salt mining, Cargill getting local pushback on environmental issues

Cayuga Lake may not be seeing much activity on its surface lately as Ithaca’s temperatures continue to fall, but deep under the lake's shore more than 200 employees continue to operate a 13,000-acre salt mine. And, in the courtroom, things are only heating up: Environmental action group Cayuga Lake Environmental Action Now (CLEAN) — with four Tompkins County municipalities —... more

Geneva Town Board opposes incinerator project

The Town Board has come out against what Supervisor Mark Venuti called the “trash incinerator” proposed for the former Seneca Army Depot in Romulus. “The more I learn about this, the more I believe the people peddling this are totally wrong,” Venuti said. “They are making it sound like some kind of ‘green energy’ thing, and it’s the opposite.” The... more

Environmental oversight to decline sharply in NY, PA with gutting of EPA, officials say

If you're counting on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the future to police polluters, enforce regulations and pay for protection for clean air and water, brace yourselves for change. As part of his bid to "Make America Great Again," President Donald Trump wants to shrink the federal environmental watchdog agency to a level it hasn't seen since the 1970s.... more

Six years later, Cayuga County awards Owasco Flats project bid

After what has seemed like never-ending delays to a project that would help reduce sediment loading into Owasco Lake, Cayuga County has some good news. The Cayuga County Legislature awarded a bid Thursday night to begin work on part of the Owasco Flats Wetland Restoration and Riparian Buffers Initiative. Divvied into two phases because there was not enough funding for... more

Cayuga Solar project moving forward as it awaits funding

In May, big news was announced by the Cayuga Operating Company – a large-scale solar project would be taking up residence at its 434-acre site in Lansing. The proposed large-scale clean energy project, Cayuga Solar, is planned to generate 18 megawatts of solar electricity, enough to power the equivalent of 3,100 homes. Since then, Cayuga Solar project team has been... more
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