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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 Regional Development Agency still hopes to move forward with a major expansion of the mountain.  Go to full article

Lake Placid Ironman: Cool Temps, New Records, New Champs

Perfect weather greeted nearly two thousand athletes yesterday in Lake Placid for the sixth annual Ironman competition. Britain's Simon Lessing and Australia's Kate Major...  Go to full article
From "The Privately Owned Adirondacks"

The Privately Owned Adirondacks Caps a Writing Career

For more than thirty years, Barbara McMartin has been one of the Adirondack Park's leading thinkers and conservationists. Though often controversial, McMartin is more than a...  Go to full article
Zebra mussels from Lake George Source: LGA

Zebra Mussels Found In Lake George

A pro-environment group says a new colony of invasive zebra mussels has been found in Lake George. Zebra mussels have already damaged ecosystems in Lake Champlain and the...  Go to full article

Preview: Long Lake Regatta

After a successful revival of a historic Long Lake tradition last summer, a second Regatta and Woodchoppers Ball will be held Saturday. Organizer Hallie Bond says the...  Go to full article
Filmmaker Matt Heineman in his preferred form of transportation

"Rolling on the River" in a St. Lawrence Skiff

Summer in the Thousand Islands is filled with the sound of boats. The throaty rumble of a Gar Wood run-about, the roar of a cigarette boat, the throbbing diesels of a Seaway...  Go to full article

Expert Diver Drowns in St. Lawrence

A master scuba diver from Virginia drowned in the St. Lawrence River Tuesday when he got stuck in a sunken ship he was exploring. David Sommerstein has details.  Go to full article

Hunters and Anglers Disagree With Bush Policies

A group that generally considers itself to be conservative disagrees with many of the Bush administration's policies on the environment. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's...  Go to full article

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