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Cherry Grove Pier in North Myrtle Beach during Hurricane Arthur. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/lekeiner/14586771773/">Louis Keiner</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Cherry Grove Pier in North Myrtle Beach during Hurricane Arthur. Photo: Louis Keiner, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Disaster readiness program pools community knowledge and experience

The National Weather Service predicts 2014 will be a relatively tame hurricane season, but already, this July 4th saw Hurricane Arthur brushing the North Carolina coast.

Significant hurricanes like Sandy and Irene as well Tropical Storm Lee, have led Governor Cuomo to order training so New Yorkers can be their own first responders.

The Inovation Trail's Jenna Flanagan spoke with the head of the state Department of Homeland Security, Jerome Hauer, who's leading the creation of the Citizen Preparedness Corps.  Go to full article
Attorney Tom West representing the bankruptcy trustee for Norse Energy makes his oral argument before the Court of Appeals. Earthjustice attorney Deborah Goldberg listens in the foreground. Photo: Innovation Trail
Attorney Tom West representing the bankruptcy trustee for Norse Energy makes his oral argument before the Court of Appeals. Earthjustice attorney Deborah Goldberg listens in the foreground. Photo: Innovation Trail

Dryden defends anti-fracking in home rule case

The debate over whether a municipality can ban hydraulic fracturing within its borders was brought before the State Court of Appeals Tuesday afternoon. The town of Dryden is defending its right to home rule against lawyers representing the bankruptcy trustee for Norse Energy.

Earthjustice managing attorney Deborah Goldberg says she feels confident bringing the case before the court because home rule is protected by the state constitution and New York isn't alone.  Go to full article

Docs call for NYS fracking moratorium

Researchers and medical professionals from around the state gathered in Albany Thursday to urge acting Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker to impose a 3 to 5 year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in New York.

Physicians, nurses, peer-reviewed researchers and public health professionals are all part of the coalition pushing for a thorough analysis of the health and societal impacts of fracking.  Go to full article
Bakken crude oil train next to children's playground at Ezra Prentince Houses in Albany. Photo by Jenna Flanagan
Bakken crude oil train next to children's playground at Ezra Prentince Houses in Albany. Photo by Jenna Flanagan

Local Albany officials say they're not ready for crude oil accidents

Albany County officials are trying to reassure the public over concerns about the crude oil trains that travel through the city. The city's port has become a major hub for rail shipments of volatile crude from the Midwest. Many of those trains travel the length of Lake Champlain on their way south from Canada.

Officials have acknowledged that the trains pose a significant risk. At a recent Common Council, they admitted that depending on the nature of an accident, there's little local emergency services could do.  Go to full article
Historical Dutch map showing the Albany area.
Historical Dutch map showing the Albany area.

Historians debate location of early Dutch settlement in Albany

The Port of Albany has been the focus of a lot of attention lately because of community debate over the location of a proposed crude oil processing plant.

But before the industrial sites and rail yards moved in about 80 years ago, the port was known as Castle Island.

Several Capital Region historians believe the island is the site of the very first Dutch settlement in America, Fort Nassau. But nearly 400 years after it was abandoned, Fort Nassua's exact location remains a mystery.  Go to full article
County legislators at the annual conference for the New York State Association of Counties. Photo: Jenna Flanagan/Innovation Trail
County legislators at the annual conference for the New York State Association of Counties. Photo: Jenna Flanagan/Innovation Trail

County leaders talk consolidation, sharing resources at annual meeting

The State Association of Counties wrapped up their annual meeting in Albany this week where they discussed the unique needs of New York's regional governments.

One prominent issue was consolidation. During his 2013 budget presentation, Governor Cuomo renewed his push for local governments to share more resources as part of a plan to freeze property taxes if counties stay within a 2 percent cap.

The Innovation Trial's Jenna Flanagan talked to County Executives about the push to get them to make savings of 1 percent for three years.  Go to full article
MoveOn.org protesters satirize wealthy government donors at the People's State of the State speech. Photo: Jenna Flanagan/Innovation Trail
MoveOn.org protesters satirize wealthy government donors at the People's State of the State speech. Photo: Jenna Flanagan/Innovation Trail

Advocates: Cuomo policies falling short

It was a cold day in New York State, but a handful of activists braved the single digit temperatures for the People's State of the State in Albany yesterday.

The group of advocates say Governor Cuomo has turned a cold shoulder to the state's struggling middle class and working poor.  Go to full article
Archive Photo of the Day 2/28/12: Lizette Colon Haenel, Canton NY.
Archive Photo of the Day 2/28/12: Lizette Colon Haenel, Canton NY.

Salt on roads, salt in groundwater

Harsh winter weather events bring with them a downpour of salt, de-icing sidewalks, walkways and roads.

It's a regular chore and rock salt is a cheap, popular and effective fix for slippery footing.

But once winter is over and the spring thaw sets in, a secondary effect sets in. This is what becomes of road salt after the snow melts.  Go to full article
New York State Thruway containers of 'beet juice' and beet juice and brine water mix. Photo by Jenna Flanagan, Innovation Trail
New York State Thruway containers of 'beet juice' and beet juice and brine water mix. Photo by Jenna Flanagan, Innovation Trail

Just add beet juice for ice-free highways

It's not used everywhere, but it is catching on. The New York State Thruway Authority is one of several state authorities relying on a mixture of beet 'juice' and salt water to help keep highways ice-free.

Plowing can only do so much and too often a slick, hard pack of snow and ice can cover streets making them dangerous to drive.

So how do you get around that? Beet juice!  Go to full article
Lake Mohonk. Photo: Jenna Flanagan, Innovation Trail
Lake Mohonk. Photo: Jenna Flanagan, Innovation Trail

Rethinking water resources to combat climate change

Catastrophic storms like Irene, Lee and super storm Sandy ravaged much of the Hudson River watershed with flooding and erosion. Environmental advocates and policy makers say that's evidence that climate change is having a major impact on the quantity and quality of the region's water supplies.

Stakeholders joined the Hudson River Watershed Alliance and Mohonk Consultations for a conference in New Paltz last week. They called for communities to seize this 'watershed moment' while admitting that changing existing attitudes towards water management can take a long time.  Go to full article

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