State acquires 50 acres of land in Catskill

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.”

 

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Pushing the Climate and Community Protection Act

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 3:46pm

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.”

 

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Group touts natural gas savings, wants more pipeline capacity, fracking

Updated 5:19 pm EST, Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Albany

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.

 

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OCCA director to lobby for watershed in D.C.

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.

 

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Letter: Catskill Mountainkeeper can help with home heating advice

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.

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Catskill Mountains advocates call for $15M to preserve region

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Richard Moody Columbia-Greene Media

January 30, 2019 10:04 pm

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.

 

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Takes the Lead for Clean Water

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

 

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Catskills park groups call for additional funding in state budget

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.

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Catskill parks to lobby for funding

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.

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Coxsackie Earth Day celebration

January 22, 2019 12:18 pm

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.

 

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