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Standing on an "ice-wave" looking down Southwick Beach.
Standing on an "ice-wave" looking down Southwick Beach.

Frozen waves on a frozen beach on Lake Ontario

Southwick Beach in Jefferson County is a favorite spot to enjoy summer sun and surf on Lake Ontario. But in the winter, it undergoes a frigid transformation. David Sommerstein went looking for beach and found a landscape of ice. He sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Environmentalists want IJC to reconsider river plan

An environmental group has issued an action alert after reports that an environmentally friendly plan to control water levels from Lake Ontario to the St. Lawrence River may be dead. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

1970s pollution begets St. Lawrence fishery benefits

Projects along the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario will benefit from $3 million to improve fish habitat and hatcheries and provide anglers more access to the water. DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis announced the grants yesterday in Watertown. The money comes from a $12 million settlement with a western New York chemical company that contaminated the Niagara and St. Lawrence Rivers and Lake Ontario in the 1970s. The other $9 million will go to projects in other parts of the state and to fund a statewide fishing tourism campaign. You can read the complete list of projects below. The projects came out of public meetings the DEC held last winter. David Sommerstein was at the one at the St. Lawrence Sportsmens Club in Ogdensburg. He reported the anglers there wanted the pollution settlement money to redress all the wrongs of the past that affected fishing on the St. Lawrence River.  Go to full article

Preview: carol sing in Sackets Harbor

To celebrate the season, the Sackets Harbor Vocal Arts Ensemble will present its second annual Sackets Harbor Village Carol Sing this Sunday afternoon (3 pm) at the United Presbyterian Church of Sackets Harbor. The group of 36 local singers will perform works by Puccini, Dawson, Billings and Gibbs. Joining the chorus will be guest tenor Robert Mack who has performed with opera houses around the world. Todd Moe talks with the ensemble's music director, Richard Probert, about programming the annual village carol concert.  Go to full article

Wind blows hot in Cape Vincent races

In Jefferson County, all county legislators are up for re-election, but only 4 of 15 districts have two candidates. In District 1, Michael Docteur, the incumbent Republican, faces a challenge from Democrat Michael Geiss. Democrat Dean Morrow is challenging Republican Phillip Reed in District 3. Republican Sarah Corey is trying to unseat Democrat Addie Jenne in District 4. And Republican Robert Boice faces a challenge from Democrat Doris McLallen in District 11. In the town of Cape Vincent, two proposed wind farms are generating hot races. The campaigns have centered on whether signing contracts to lease land for the wind turbines is a conflict of interest. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Bernice Gould, at work.
Bernice Gould, at work.

Heard Up North: last call at the Victoria Hall Crafts and Tea Room

Amherst Island, near Kingston, Ontario, is large enough to have year-round ferry service--and a 5-watt community radio station. It's a peaceful setting. Woods, pastures, and cottages overlook shimmering water, and a steady parade of boats. It's also the home of the Victoria Hall Crafts and Tea Room. Ottawa correspondent Lucy Martin stopped by on Labor Day and happened to catch the very last day of business. Proprietors Bernice Gould and Neil Johnston are today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article

Why is the St. Lawrence so low?

So why are the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario so low this summer? David Sommerstein called John Kangas. He's the U.S. Secretary of the International St. Lawrence River Board of Control. This is the agency that actually determines how much water should be let through the dam in Massena, controlling water levels all the way back to Niagara Falls. Kangas says the problems started last winter, when there was too much water. So to prevent flooding in Lake Ontario, the Board let a lot of water through the dam.  Go to full article

River users wait for water levels plan

Boaters, homeowners, and environmentalists along the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario are all anxiously awaiting September 17. That's the day the International Joint Commission announces a draft of a new system for controlling water levels in the Great Lakes. It'll be the first change since the 1960s and comes amidst exceptionally low water levels this summer. The new plan is the result of a five-year, $20 million public study. At a crowded meeting about water levels last weekend in Clayton, rumors circulated about a hybrid of three options made public last year. In today's report, we'll hear from a water levels advocate who fears the study won't turn out as he'd hoped. First, here's a part of David Sommerstein's report from last summer reviewing what this water level study is all about.  Go to full article

Unearthing history in Sackets Harbor

A section of a nearly 200-year-old fortification has been unearthed in Sackets Harbor, a key American stronghold during the War of 1812. Jefferson County historian and archaeologist Tim Abel says the section is part of a palisaded breastwork in the village on the eastern end of Lake Ontario, near Watertown. Abel told Todd Moe that Sackets Harbor was the scene of two battles during the War of 1812, when the outpost was a major base of operations for the American navy.  Go to full article

North Country anglers compete for fish funds

Last year, Occidental Chemical, a company in the Buffalo area, agreed to pay New York $12 million for dumping toxic waste in the Niagara River in the 1980s. The chemicals have spread downstream and contaminated Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. It's too late to clean up the mess now. So the Department of Environmental Conservation is going to spend the money on improving the fishery from Niagara Falls to Massena. The DEC is casting for the best "bang-for-your-buck" projects at meetings statewide. Last week, St. Lawrence County anglers made a striking showing at a meeting near Ogdensburg - more than double the attendance of the Rochester meeting. But as David Sommerstein reports, there was a sinking feeling big city wishes may trump North Country concerns.  Go to full article

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