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The abandoned machine shop at the former Jones and Laughlin Steel plant. Photo: Zach Hirsch
The abandoned machine shop at the former Jones and Laughlin Steel plant. Photo: Zach Hirsch

New deal may mean a new beginning for J&L site

For decades, the former Jones and Laughlin Steel plant in southern St. Lawrence County has been a symbol of the region's manufacturing decline. J&L Steel went out of business in the late 1970s, and since then, it was unclear who would clean up the toxic waste the company left behind. Parts of the property are listed as a state Superfund site.

Yesterday, local officials, including state's top environment official, met to celebrate what they believe is going to be a new beginning.  Go to full article
Recreational salmon fishers in Mississauga, Ontario. Photo: <a href="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3187/2854686754_99d4b50a96_o.jpg">Gene Wilburn</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Recreational salmon fishers in Mississauga, Ontario. Photo: Gene Wilburn, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY investing $4M in fish hatcheries

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is heralding the start of trout and salmon season by announcing new investments in recreational fishing.

Cuomo says the state will set aside $4 million to repair fish hatcheries and purchase 16 trucks specially designed to transport stocked fish.  Go to full article
Wild turkeys. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/msandman/3263922452">Mike Sandman</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Wild turkeys. Photo: Mike Sandman, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY biologists study wild turkey population changes

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The state Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking landowners to help with a wild turkey study aimed at improving management of the game species.

Biologists say wild turkey populations have declined in many parts of New York over the last 10 years. This will be the second year of a four-year study to better understand factors influencing turkey population changes.  Go to full article

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DEC fisheries technician David Gordon unsnarls fish from gill nets designed to catch a representative cross-section of the river's fishery. Photo: David Sommerstein.
DEC fisheries technician David Gordon unsnarls fish from gill nets designed to catch a representative cross-section of the river's fishery. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Netting a snapshot of the St. Lawrence River fishery

Every year since 1976, state environmental technicians have set nets across the St. Lawrence River to see what fish they catch. The result is a sort of snapshot of the river's fishery.

David Sommerstein bumped into the Department of Environmental Conservation crew last month at Coles Creek marina. They were prying big and little fish from nets and tossing them into buckets for testing. Roger Klint is an aquatic biologist with the Department of Environmental Conservation and leads the DEC's annual index of fish populations in the St. Lawrence River.  Go to full article

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