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Adirondack Forest Preserve Land?
Adirondack Forest Preserve Land?

Critics Say Land Lease on Adirondack Lake Violates NY Constitution

Every year, New York state leases thousands of parcels of land along the shore of Great Sacandaga Lake, in the southern Adirondacks. People pay an average of a hundred dollars a year for exclusive permits. They use the state land for their docks, their patios and even their front lawns. The popular program stretches back more than seventy years to the time when the reservoir was created. But environmentalists worry that rapid development is harming the lake's public shoreline and limiting recreation. Some legal experts also argue that the permit system violates the "forever wild" clause of New York's constitution. As Brian Mann reports, that clause bans the lease of state land inside the Adirondack Park.  Go to full article

Great Sacandaga Lake Backgrounder

Martha Foley talks with Brian Mann to get some background about Great Sacandaga Lake and its history.  Go to full article
State land extends from water to house.

On Great Sacandaga Lake, State Land For Lease Cheap

Real estate prices in the Adirondacks have soared in recent years, thanks to a boom in vacation home sales. Small parcels on a scenic lake often sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
     But along the shore of Great Sacandaga Lake, in the southern Adirondacks, people are able to lease hundred-foot sections of shoreline property directly from New York state for just fifty-six dollars a year. As Brian Mann reports, the permit program lies at the center of a growing controversy, which includes a lawsuit filed by Niagara Mohawk and an audit launched by the state Comptroller's office.  Go to full article

EPA Report: Mercury Contamination Widespread

More and more Americans are being warned that the local fish they eat could be contaminated with mercury and other toxins, according to a new report by the U.S. Environmental...  Go to full article

High Lake Levels Boon for Shipping

Water levels on the Great Lakes have come up this summer, thanks to the wet conditions. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Mike Simonson has more.  Go to full article

Lake Ontario to Cool Toronto

The city of Toronto is using the deep, chilly waters of Lake Ontario as "green" air conditioning for some of its skyscrapers. David Sommerstein explains how.  Go to full article
CP Rail Tower In Whallonsburg

CP Rail Drops APA Tower Suit, Council Claims DOT Funded Work

A Canadian corporation that sued the Adirondack Park Agency last month has withdrawn the suit. Canadian Pacific Rail still hopes to build a series of broadcast towers in the...  Go to full article
Swain, after a recent training swim in Lake Champlain

Vermont Man to Swim Lake Champlain

A Vermont man who recently finished an eight-week swim down the Hudson River plans to swim the length of Lake Champlain. Christopher Swain plans to start the 125-mile trip...  Go to full article

Out of Gas: The End of the Age of Oil

Martha Foley talks with Dr. David Goodstein. Goodstein is vice provost and professor of physics and technology at Caltech. He predicts we'll run out of oil very soon --...  Go to full article

Biologists Find Deer Devouring Rare Flowers

Most of us think of the white-tailed deer as a graceful and cherished part of the natural scene. But it turns out when there are too many deer, it's bad for some of the...  Go to full article

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