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End-of-season update on Cayuga Lake HABs monitoring set for next weekend

End-of-season update on Cayuga Lake HABs monitoring set for next weekend
The Tompkins County Public Library will host a presentation next weekend on the first year of a program to monitor toxic Harmful Algal Blooms on Cayuga Lake. As part of the Community Science Institute’s Water and Community series, the library will hold a presentation on the first year of the HAB Monitoring Program on Cayuga Lake. Developed as a partnership... more

Auburn sewer system designed to minimize risk of overflows

Auburn sewer system designed to minimize risk of overflows
As one of 600 municipalities with a combined sewer system in New York, the city of Auburn is required to submit reports through the NY-Alert system in the event of any overflow discharge. At a meeting of the Cayuga County Water Quality Management Agency Thursday, Auburn Municipal Utilities Director Seth Jensen provided an explanation of combined sewer overflows. Under the... more

Town of Seneca Falls appears in court over proposed Ludovico Sculpture Trail sewer line

Town of Seneca Falls appears in court over proposed Ludovico Sculpture Trail sewer line
Members of the Seneca Falls Town Board never needed to actually read the resolutions they adopted this past Spring for a sewer line project requiring the use of eminent domain, the town’s special counsel told a panel of appellate justices Thursday. Instead, the board properly relied on its engineering and legal experts for guidance in picking the Frank J. Ludovico... more

G.W. Lisk applies to be on state brownfield list

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The G. W. Lisk Company is applying to be added to the state’s brownfield cleanup program for environmental cleanup of its site. The company, established in 1910, is on 26 acres at 2 South St. in the village directly south of Clifton Springs Hospital. It produces solenoids, linear variable differential transformers and flame arrestors and has historically performed metal plating... more

Odors from Ontario County Landfill to be evaluated by supervisors

Odors from Ontario County Landfill to be evaluated by supervisors
The ongoing issue of odors from the Ontario County Landfill in the town of Seneca may be addressed by a consulting firm. The Planning & Environmental Quality Committee of the Board of Supervisors will consider recommending approval of a contract with Stearns, Conrad & Schmidt Engineers of Suffern for an assessment of odor management at the landfill when it meets... more

COURT REVIEWS CASE: Should DEC have issued a mine shaft permit to Cargill before environmental review?

COURT REVIEWS CASE: Should DEC have issued a mine shaft permit to Cargill before environmental review?
The main courtroom of the Tompkins County Courthouse was packed Monday afternoon for a hearing about whether the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation should have required an Environmental Impact Statement before issuing a permit to Cargill to build a new mine shaft. The petitioners in the Article 78 case include the City and Town of Ithaca, the Town... more

THE DEBRIEF: Discussing CAFO regulation, HABs, and politics of Greenidge (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Discussing CAFO regulation, HABs, and politics of Greenidge (podcast)
This week on The Debrief Peter Mantius, founder of The Water Front, whose reporting is featured on FingerLakes1.com, joins Josh Durso to discuss a number of important, pressing political and environmental issues that have been grabbing headlines in the last several weeks. Watch the entire program below, or listen to the audio only version in the media player at the bottom... more

Owasco gets $2M to permanently install water filtration system

Owasco gets $2M to permanently install water filtration system
The town of Owasco received help from the state to temporarily address the threat of algal toxins in its drinking water supply. Now, it’s getting more support to permanently install systems to filter out any harmful substances. Owasco will receive an estimated $2.1 million grant for a $3.5 million project to permanently install its granular activated carbon filtration system, Gov.... more

Carcinogenic chemicals plaguing Hoosick Falls rampant at Seneca Army Depot

Carcinogenic chemicals plaguing Hoosick Falls rampant at Seneca Army Depot
Groundwater drawn from three sites at the former Seneca Army Depot is contaminated with the potent carcinogens PFOA and PFOS at levels of up to 1,327 times the federal health advisory limit. Officials do not yet know the extent of the plumes of underground pollution, but the state Department of Environmental Conservation said the U.S. Army will begin additional “site... more

Clear samples at Auburn, Owasco filtration plants signal end to HAB season

Clear samples at Auburn, Owasco filtration plants signal end to HAB season
The city of Auburn and town of Owasco both recently deactivated their systems that filter out toxins from harmful algal blooms after multiple clean samples signaled the end of the peak season. The water filtration plants for Auburn and Owasco turned off their activated carbon filtration systems after three daily samples in a row showed no signs of the toxins... more

Cornell University’s Design Connect team to present a conceptual plan of Newark’s downtown area

Cornell University’s Design Connect team to present a conceptual plan of Newark’s downtown area
Save the date! On December 12th, 2018 at 5:45PM, Cornell University’s Design Connect team will present a conceptual plan of Newark’s downtown area. The students and the Village of Newark held a well-attended outreach event at which community members participated in research activities and exchanged thoughts on the development of downtown Newark. Based on this information and visits to the... more

Auburn officials weigh possibility of solar array at landfill site

Auburn officials weigh possibility of solar array at landfill site
With a proposed agreement in the works, the municipal landfill in Auburn could see an array of solar panels installed over it in the future. On Thursday, Abundant Solar, a full service solar developer, presented logistics on the possible installation for the city council. The project would allow utility-paying residents to subscribe for access to energy produced by the array.... more

$10M Auburn welcome center will open this week

$10M Auburn welcome center will open this week
After weeks of anticipation, the Equal Rights Heritage Center in downtown Auburn has released its opening date. The $10 million welcome center on South Street will host a grand opening at 10 a.m. Tuesday with a “special unveiling,” a press release stated Friday. State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey, Mayor Michael Quill and several state and community leaders will be present.... more

Cuomo administration rushed Greenidge’s restart — but was it legal?

Cuomo administration rushed Greenidge’s restart — but was it legal?
A pair of court rulings expected by yearend are likely to determine whether the Cuomo Administration broke the law when it fast-tracked permits to restart the Greenidge Generation power station. The decades-old plant began producing electricity again in March 2017 after a six-year pause and a conversion that allows it to burn natural gas rather than coal. Two years earlier,... more
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