Aug 18, 2004 — 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
Aug 10, 2004 — 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
Dec 24, 2003 — Late yesterday, the Pataki administration released a landmark plan for snowmobiles in the Adirondacks. State conservation officials say the proposal would create a new snowmobile network, connecting towns and villages across the Park. Most of the revamped trail system would cross the forest preserve, though some routes would be shifted to private land. As Brian Mann reports, snowmobilers and environmentalists were quick to attack the draft plan. Both sides say the proposal offers too little information. Go to full article
Jul 14, 2003 — Over the weekend, top state officials committed themselves to buying more land in the Adirondacks, to protect the environment and to expand recreation opportunities. Strong support for the policy came at a gathering of the Adirondack Council, where Environmental Conservation commissioner Erin Crotty received an award. Brian Mann has our story.
Fast Facts: In his 2002 State of the State Address, Governor Pataki committed the state to preserving "1 million additional acres of land over the next 10 years" according to the DEC. Since 1995, the state has invested more than $400 million to preserve more than 400,000 acres of land across New York, much of it in the North Country. Go to full article