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“Navigable waters” is an awkward mouthful. Not a very sexy topic to the average layperson. But for some landowners and paddlers, them’s fighting words. Why? Because if a waterway is considered navigable, that comes with...
This summer, Paul Smith’s College and the East Shore Schroon Lake Association are working on a program aiming to control the spread of aquatic invasive species. Researchers are trying to see how effective it is to flush a boat’s...
Every so often some new sinkhole makes the news. This week the local hole worth knowing about opened up in West Quebec and closed Highway 148 between Luskville and Quyon. That got me poking around the Internet on the subject of sinkholes in...
Several converging experiences over the last week got me to thinking about the role predators play in the food chain and even, it turns out, on the shape of our landscape. It began with my hen house, led to the ridge at the top of my hay field, and...
This is the time of year when all manner of critters are out and about with their offspring. And most of us just go “Aww!” when the oh-so-cute babies go by. But it bears remembering that parents can be very protective. Wild or...

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Jul 22, 2014 — South Portland, Maine, has blocked crude oil from being loaded onto ships at its port. Environmentalists are cheering, but the Portland Montreal Pipeline Corp. says the ban won't hold up in court.
Jul 22, 2014 — A plant in Tonawanda heats coal into material for the iron and steel industries, releasing toxic chemicals into the air. Residents have long blamed the pollution for several health problems.
Jul 22, 2014 — A program that provides food and shelter to migratory birds has enlisted immigrant women in the effort. "When I see them here," says one woman, "it reminds me of my garden back home in Mexico."


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APA Cuts Violation Caseload, Drawing Praise and Concern

Over the last two years, the Adirondack Park Agency has worked to pare down a backlog of more than three thousand old enforcement cases. These are alleged violations of the Park's strict zoning and environmental laws. The APA now says ninety percent of those cases have been closed. But some critics worry that the Agency still lacks the staff and the legal clout needed to enforce its own rules. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

New Rule Takes Aim at Fish Kills

Environmental groups and attorneys general in six states, including New York, are suing the Environmental Protection Agency over a new rule that regulates cooling water intakes at power plants. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Erin Toner reports.  Go to full article

NY Emergency Regulations Target Utilities, Acid Rain

The Pataki administration enacted emergency regulations yesterday, designed to reduce pollution from New York's power plants. State environment commissioner Erin Crotty says the rules are needed to protect the Adirondacks and the Catskills from acid rain. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Debate Over St. Lawrence Water Levels

The International Joint Commission is four years into a five-year, $20 million study of water flows in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. It's looking at how water...  Go to full article

Capturing Waste-heat in Smokestacks

Engineers say they have a new system that will extract more energy out of coal-fired power plants. And, they say, it has the added benefit of reducing pollution. The Great...  Go to full article

APA Approves Controversial Jay Bridge

On Friday, the Adirondack Park Agency approved a controversial plan to build a new bridge across the east branch of the Ausable River. The structure - in the town of Jay --...  Go to full article

Utility Deregulation Leaving Consumers Behind?

A new report on competition in the electric utility industry says costly times may be ahead for residential ratepayers. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Chuck Quirmbach...  Go to full article

Pataki Taps Old Forge Resident For APA Board

Governor Pataki has named an Old Forge resident to the Adirondack Park Agency's Board of Commissioners. Lani Ulrich, who heads a non-profit planning group, will fill one of...  Go to full article

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...  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...  Go to full article

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