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Supreme Court Wetlands Ruling: the New York Effects

Last week, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that could remove protections from many of the nation's wetlands sent regulators and environmentalists scrambling to the lawbooks. In New York, around three-quarters of the state's wetlands are located in the St. Lawrence Valley and the Adirondacks. They function as a giant sponge to reduce flooding. They also act like nature's kidney, filtering pollutants out of water. And the food and habitat they provide make the North Country one of the most important migratory flyways in North America. David Sommerstein spoke with those who work with the region's wetlands to see how the Supreme Court decision could play out in the North Country.  Go to full article

DEC and APA Hold Hearing on Brighton Gravel Mine

The Department of Environmental Conservation and the Adirondack Park Agency will hold a joint public hearing today to give the public a chance to express concerns about a proposed gravel mine in the Town of Brighton, in Franklin County. The mine is to be located on a 129-acre parcel near Jones Hill, and would require permits from both regulatory agencies. There's been much local concern about the planned mine, with the APA receiving nearly 65 letters from area residents about the potential impacts on local wildlife, the watershed, and the tourism industry. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

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