Happening Now

Catskill_Park_Movie_Pic.pngWhat’s so special about the Catskills? Why has this area inspired so many over the last two centuries? This film explores this question in interviews with many who have discovered the magic of this place. They consider the historical role of the Catskills as a mecca for recreation, health, and artistic pursuits. They consider their personal connections to The Catskills. And they look at its critical role as the watershed that not only supplies water to millions in the New York metropolitan area but stands as a role model for the rest of the country. Interviews include artists, historians, environmentalists, farmers, residents and visitors.

solarworks.jpgRenewable NY is Catskill Mountainkeeper's campaign to bring renewable energy options to every community, resident and business in New York. 

And the year ahead is going to be a big one for the renewable energy movement in New York.

Here's just some of what's happening:

-The NY-Sun Initiative has been extended through 2023, and is projected to bring down the cost of solar by a factor of 10, create 3,000 megawatts of new solar capacity adequate to power almost 500,000 homes, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2.3 million tons annually...

In a historic decision in December 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he will ban high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in low permeable shale in New York State.  This is a huge win for New Yorkers, but the fight is far from over. 

So what’s next?

The ban still has to be made “official,” and faces potential lawsuits from gas and oil companies, as well as landowners who have sold leases to gas companies.

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