Groundwater Resource Mapping

Groundwater Resource Mapping

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/36118.html


Canisteo Valley, New York

"The most productive aquifers in upstate New York consist of unconsolidated deposits of sand and gravel that occupy major river and stream valleys or lake plains and terraces. Ground water in these aquifers occurs under water-table (unconfined) or artesian (confined) conditions. Municipalities, industries, and farms have been built over many of these aquifers because they typically form flat areas that are suitable for development and generally provide an ample ground-water supply. This development, coupled with the high permeability of these deposits and shallow depth to the water table, makes these aquifers particularly susceptible to contamination from point sources such as landfills and petroleum storage and nonpoint sources such as urban and agricultural runoff" (quote from New York USGS).

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Pricey Gas Fuels New York Camping

Pricey Gas Fuels New York Camping

 

From Backpacker Magazine

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: If you plan on camping this summer, make your reservations now. On the heels of Vermont’s 7 percent upswing in campers because of high gas prices, New York state park officials have announced a 16 percent increase in camping reservations for the same reasons. (It’s amazing how a gas spike can drive people from Cancun to the Catskills).

"With gasoline prices soaring, state parks are an attractive and inexpensive option for people looking to get away without driving too far," said Carol Ash, commissioner of the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

ReserveAmerica, the biggest provider of campsite reservations in North America, has reported a 14 percent increase in campsite bookings nationally, so campers beyond the northeast should get on the ball as well.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the majority of these new reservations belongs to car campers, so maybe we can get space and fresh air by doing what we always do: Camp off the beaten path. Some of us  call ourselves backpackers, after all. — Ted Alvarez

Gas prices help fuel rise in camping at NY state parks (NY Newsday)

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Question Belleayre projects

Question Belleayre projects
 
By FRED LeBRUN
First published: Sunday, March 2, 2008
There was some movement this past week on the decades-old plan for developer Dean Gitter’s proposed Belleayre Resort in the Catskills, and the much newer but related plans by the state Department of Environmental Conservation to renovate and enlarge the adjoining Belleayre Mountain, a publicly-owned ski center.

Whether that movement proves to be forward, sideways or backward, only time can tell. But any movement in this horrendously long and tedious process leading to development is worth pondering.

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Summit Sprawling Catskills

The difference betweeen casino traffic and the traffic genrated by 620 time share owners every week as they come and go – especially on the weekends when the change over from one week to the next happens is what? I am appalled at the lack of involvement that this organization has shown towards the Save the Mountain folks. Aren’t we all trying to preserve the same area?

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Catskill Interpretive Center in Budget Finally



04/10/2008
Suddenly, it’s ‘critical’
 

All hail the state Legislature. Its members really know a "critical" need when they see one.

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