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View from the bluffs above Lows Lake. Source: NYSDEC
View from the bluffs above Lows Lake. Source: NYSDEC

Green groups win Lows Lake legal fight, Park precedent unclear

New York state officials have decided to drop their appeal of a lawsuit filed by environmental groups over the management of Lows Lake, a popular paddling destination in the Adirondack Park. The Adirondack Mountain Club and Protect the Adirondacks have fought for years to have the lake itself, including the water and lake bed, classified as wilderness.

Earlier this month, the Adirondack Park Agency and the Department of Environmental Conservation decided to accept that designation. As Brian Mann reports, it's unclear how this legal victory for environmentalists will affect other lakes and rivers in the Adirondacks.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Pristine Lakes Revisited

Martha Foley talks with Dr. Curt Stager about his ongoing quest for a pristine Adirondack Lake -- one not affected by stocking programs, liming, logging, mining, etc. He thinks he has found one.  Go to full article

DEC offers ice safety tips

With winter in full swing, officials with the state Department of Environmental Conservation are reminding outdoor enthusiasts to be cautious on lakes and rivers.

Hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, and snowmobiling on frozen lakes and ponds are among the many winter delights enjoyed by residents and visitors of the Adirondack Park. Chris Morris offers some tips on how to be safe on the ice this winter.  Go to full article

APA imposes new boathouse rules

The Adirondack Park Agency has imposed new restrictions on the size and height of new boathouses in the Park. The APA board voted last week to revise the definition of boathouse in its regulations to include a 1,200-square-foot size limit and a 15-foot height limit. The new limits will take effect after Labor Day. As Chris Knight reports, the decision came after months of debate among agency commissioners.  Go to full article

Is "rock snot" the next invasive species threat in the Adks?

Researchers say the invasive algae didymo, widely called "rock snot," is spreading throughout Vermont and the Lake Champlain basin. Found last week east of Burlington, the algae could make its way into Adirondack waterways, and once it establishes a presence, it's just about impossible to control or eradicate. Scientists say the algae forms large mats along the bottom of waterways and chokes out native plants. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

The state of the nation's lakes

The Environmental Protection Agency has released its first comprehensive survey of the nation's lakes. Samara Freemark tells us what the study turned up.  Go to full article

Lawn chemicals cause concern

New laws restrict pesticides and fertilizers in some cities. In recent years, farms have cut the use of chemicals. But, Rebecca Williams reports, some environmentalists say there are still far too many chemicals polluting streams and lakes.  Go to full article
Karen Roy co-author, <i>Acid Rain in the Adirondacks</i>
Karen Roy co-author, Acid Rain in the Adirondacks

National climate change debate builds on Adirondack fight against acid rain

This week, the US Senate will debate a landmark bill that aims to sharply cut the nation's greenhouse gas pollution. The climate change measure is modeled closely after a policy that was first used to curb acid rain in the Adirondacks. The so-called "cap and trade" system would set new limits on carbon pollution. But it would also leave industry to decide how to reach the goals. As Brian Mann reports, the measure puts the Adirondacks back at the center of the national environmental debate.  Go to full article

Environmentalists: DEC Staff Cuts Threaten Public Safety

A report by an environmental watchdog group finds staffing cuts at the Pataki Administration's environmental agency could have dangerous consequences. The group says dams across the state are not being properly inspected. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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