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News stories tagged with "wetland"

Iris along the marsh bank (Photos:  Brian Mann)
Iris along the marsh bank (Photos: Brian Mann)

Audio Postcard: Paddling the marsh where the St. Lawrence and Richelieu meet

The last couple of weeks, our Adirondack reporter Brian Mann has been exploring the St. Lawrence River. Yesterday, we heard his report on questions surrounding the shipment of nuclear waste through the St. Lawrence Seaway.

This morning, Brian sends an audio postcard from a different sort of trip. He explored a vast marsh in Sorel, Quebec known as the Lake St. Pierre Bisophere Reserve.

The wetland --one of the biggest heron nesting grounds in North America--is formed by the St. Lawrence and by the Richelieu River which flows north out of Lake Champlain.  Go to full article

Debating the future of Lake George's Gaslight Village

One of the biggest debates in Lake George this summer is the fate of the 12-acre Gaslight Village property. Environmentalists hope to transform the former amusement park into a wetland and a green space. The site would filter run-off, reducing the amount of silt and pollution reaching Lake George. But some business leaders say the plan won't do enough for the local economy. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

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

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