March 26, 2019
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced Friday that the state has acquired 50 acres of property in the town of Catskill in Greene County. The lands will become part of New York’s Forest Preserve. DEC acquired the property for $1 from Edward Maby. The property had been in the Maby/Mabie family since 1896, according to a media release.
“Forests are crucial to the future of our planet and one of our greatest natural treasures that we must preserve and protect,” Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said, in the release. “We are committed to enhancing the historical sites and recreational opportunities across the state for children and families. This addition to the Catskill Forest Preserve will continue to increase the tourism industry and strengthen the economy of the area.”
On February 12, the New York State Senate held its first ever hearing on climate change. That’s a rather astounding fact, given that climate change has been on the national agenda for at least four decades, and a growing number of people have considered it to be the top threat to humans for at least 10 years.
Through all that time, of course, corporations that benefit from the use of fossil fuels have been pumping millions of dollars into efforts to deny climate change. A report from Greenpeace (www.bit.ly/kochgreenpeace) found that Koch Family Foundations alone “have spent $127,013,955 directly financing 92 groups that have attacked climate change science and policy solutions from 1997–2017.”
FILE - This June 12, 2014 file photo shows Dominion Energy's Cove Point LNG Terminal in Lusby, Md. Natural gas overtook coal as the top source of U.S. electric power generation for the first time ever in April of 2015, a milestone that has been in the making for years as the price of gas slides and new regulations make coal more risky for power generators. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File) ORG XMIT: NYBZ166 ORG XMIT: MER2015071311255494
Houston-based Consumer Energy Alliance Wednesday said New Yorkers have saved more than $30 billion in the past decade on their energy bills thanks to lower natural gas prices.
But the group also said savings could be even greater if more pipelines to deliver the product could be built and if fracking could tap into existing Marcellus shale gas deposits in the state's Southern Tier.
March 3, 2019
Leslie Orzetti, executive director of the Otsego County Conservation Association, will be part of a delegation to meet with New York members of Congress in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, according to a media release.
The delegation will meet to discuss maintaining programs to protect water quality in the New York portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed as part of Chesapeake Bay Lobby Day, organized by the Choose Clean Water Coalition.
Orzetti said it will be her first time attending the event.
February 5, 2019
In “Prepare for winter weather challenges,” Jan. 29, Michael Randall discussed frozen pipes and suggested adding insulation and leaving a tap open. I’d like to highlight the importance of improving building envelopes, which will not only keep pipes from freezing, but increase your home’s energy efficiency and decrease your energy bills.Read more
Richard Moody Columbia-Greene Media
ARKVILLE — The Catskill Watershed Corporation, which oversees the sensitive underground water system beneath several Greene County mountaintop communities that feeds New York City reservoirs, is up for $500,000 in grants for shovel-ready access and stewardship projects across the Catskill Park.
Windham Town Supervisor Robert Pelham could not be reached for comment by presstime. Windham is the leading watershed town.
From the Organizations Working for the Complete Fracking Ban
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Takes the Lead for Clean Water
Governor calls for Ban on Fracking throughout the Delaware River Basin including a ban on Frack Wastewater Discharges
and Water Withdrawals for Fracking
Trenton, New Jersey – New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced today that he will cast a vote as the Chairman of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) in support of a watershed-wide permanent ban on fracking and its associated activities, including a ban of wastewater storage, processing and discharges in the Basin, and a ban on water exports from the watershed to fuel fracking elsewhere. See Governor Murphy’s letter here: https://nj.gov/governor/news/docs/20190128_Letter-DRBCProposeRules-HVHF.pdf See the Governor’s Press Release here: https://www.nj.gov/governor/news/news/562019/approved/20190130b.shtml
January 29, 2019
LIVINGSTON MANOR – Catskill Mountainkeeper and its allies at the Catskill Park Coalition are urging state leaders to place $15 million in the budget which is under review. The state fiscal year begins on April 1.
While there is money in the proposed spending plan for some components of preservation, more is needed, said Katherine Nadeau, Mountainkeeper deputy director.Read more
ALBANY, NY — Catskill Mountainkeeper and its allies at the Catskill Park Coalition will be meeting with New York’s legislative leaders, senators and assembly members and key regulatory staff on Tuesday, February 5 to make a case for funding in the region.
COXSACKIE — The annual Coxsackie Earth Day Celebration will take place 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 18 at the Coxsackie Riverside Park located on the shores of the Hudson River.
Guests include local farmers, solar businesses, state Department of Environmental Conservation, Carey Institute, Catskill Mountain Keeper and Columbia Greene Community College Conservation Club. Additionally Hudson Riverkeeper has been invited, a plant sale with local nurseries, yoga and zumba instructors along with Sarah’s hula hooping.