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Bush Acid Rain Plan Draws Fire From Enviros and NY GOP

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency visited the Adirondacks yesterday to address a water quality conference at Paul Smiths College. Michael Leavitt says the Bush administration will act in the next year to curb acid rain and mercury pollution. But his plan is drawing criticism from environmental groups and from top officials in the Pataki administration. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Critics Say State Aid Needed To Beat Milfoil

For a decade, Eurasian watermilfoil has spread across the north country, choking lakes and killing native plants. Critics say the Pataki administration hasn't done enough to control the invasive weed. Department of Environmental Commissioner Erin Crotty spoke yesterday at a water quality conference at Paul Smiths College. She says the DEC will be a partner in the fight against milfoil. But she offered no new programs or funding. In this second of a three part series on water quality, Brian Mann reports that many private groups are forced to go it alone.  Go to full article
Eurasian watermilfoil. Photo: Dr. Richard Handler

On an Adirondack Lake, a Private Crusade Against Watermilfoil

This summer, more than a dozen scuba divers have fanned out across Upper Saranac Lake, in the Adirondacks. They're searching for underwater beds of an invasive plant called Eurasian watermilfoil. Organizers of the project hope to prove that the weed can be contained before it chokes miles of shoreline. As Brian Mann reports, the one-and-a-half-million dollar experiment is being funded entirely by private donors.  Go to full article
Whiteface Mountain

State Drops Ski Hut Plan for Whiteface

State officials have dropped a plan to build private ski huts on Whiteface Mountain. The proposal drew fire from pro-environment groups. As Brian Mann reports, the Olympic...  Go to full article
The Boonville/Oneida County parade

Ethan Allen Workers Move On in Boonville

A skeleton crew is finishing orders at Ethan Allen's furniture making plant in Boonville. The company is closing its operations in this small village on the Tug Hill Plateau...  Go to full article

Savor Local Produce With a 'Slow Food' Evening

We're at the height of locally grown, fresh fruit and vegetable season. The corn is sweet, the tomatoes are plump and juicy, and a group of North Country gardeners are...  Go to full article

Music: All in the Family

The Waickman Family Band of Ray Brook performs early, classical, country dance and world music across the North Country. With three adopted children in the ensemble, the...  Go to full article

Canadian Pacific Suit Challenges APA Tower Limits

Two years ago, the Adirondack Park Agency established a new policy, designed to limit the visual impact of broadcast towers. Despite their convenience, many people see cell...  Go to full article

A DEC Forester Serves In Iraq's Desert

Most of the DEC's staffing cuts followed tight state budgets, triggered by the 9/11 terror attacks and the recession. But some key projects have also been affected by the...  Go to full article

DEC Shortfalls Affect Adirondacks, Businesses

In the Adirondacks, business owners, environmental activists, and DEC employees say lack of funding and personnel affects local projects. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

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