Aug 26, 2003 — St. Lawrence County is making an education campaign about the ills of burn barrels hip fashion. The county planning office is distributing non-toxic, temporary "don't burn" tattoos. Planner John Montan says the idea is to facilitate family conversation about the dangers of trash burning. Go to full article
Aug 26, 2003 — Some environmentalists are concerned that the blackout that affected the Northeast and part of Canada might be used as an excuse to build more power plants. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports. Go to full article
Aug 26, 2003 — Five years ago, state researchers making a routine visit to Little Galloo Island on the eastern end of Lake Ontario found a virtual slaughter of cormorants. Hundreds of the birds, adult and chicks, had been shot and clubbed to death by fisherman irate about the number of sportfish the birds were eating. A story about the massacre in the Smithsonian magazine of this past February likened cormorants to "wolves in cattle country," and the fishermen quoted in the article were unrepentant.
Since the 1990s, the state department of Environmental Conservation has itself been destroying cormorants nests on Little Galloo and other eastern lake Ontario Islands. And eggs are oiled so they won't hatch. Those measures are allowed by a permit from The US Fish and Wildlife Service. The service has had authority over the birds since they were placed on the federal protection list in 1972. At that time, cormorant populations had been severely affected by the pesticide DDT, but in the 30 years since, the population has bounced back. Too far back for the fishermen.
The Fish and Wildlife Service has just finished a final Environmental Impact Statement on cormorant control and management across the country. It proposes six options. The public can comment on those alternatives for 30 days. After that, the federal government will publish its final rule on cormorants.
The state DEC has a favorite alternative, one that would give local authorities a more active role. Steve Litwhiler, a spokesman for the Watertown office of the DEC, said the preferred option would essentially allow his agency to continue its cormorant work, but under its own authority. (To submit comments or request a copy of the final EIS, e-mail: email@example.com) Go to full article
Aug 21, 2003 — The more people inhabit the earth - the more sewage there is. Something has to be done with it. Before chemical fertilizers were invented, farmers used human manure to... Go to full article
Aug 19, 2003 — A half-dozen invasive plant and animal species are spreading in North Country lakes and rivers. Organisms like Eurasian watermilfoil and zebra mussels edge out less... Go to full article
Aug 18, 2003 — Activists gathered near Lake Placid over the weekend to protest the policies of President George Bush. At a rally organized by the group Adirondack Voices for Peace,... Go to full article
Aug 15, 2003 — The Adirondack Park Agency is meeting this week in Saranac Lake. Governor Pataki has announced his choice for a new chairman for the agency. Ross Whaley is former President... Go to full article
Aug 15, 2003 — Anti-cancer groups are complaining that the state Department of Health's Cancer Control Plan leaves out any mention of environmental factors that can be linked to cancer. ... Go to full article
Aug 14, 2003 — Twenty years ago, the federal government declared General Motors toxic waste dump by the St. Lawrence River a Superfund site. That designation made it a high priority for... Go to full article