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News stories tagged with "wetlands"

EPA awards $345K for NY wetlands study, protection

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The Environmental Protection Agency is providing $345,000 for projects to protect wetlands throughout New York state and identify strategies to reduce the impacts of climate change.

The Adirondack Park Agency will use a $173,000 EPA grant to install permanent monitoring stations that will collect environmental data within the Adirondack Park. The money will also be used to train volunteers to operate their own citizen science monitoring program at these locations.  Go to full article

Farmland back into wetland

The government's Conservation Reserve Program pays farmers to return a certain amount of agricultural fields to their original wetlands. As Tanya Ott reports, a new study finds those efforts might be paying off.  Go to full article

Businessman sues Adirondack green group for $2.1 million

An Adirondack businessman is suing the Adirondack Council, hoping to win more than 2 million dollars in damages. Leroy Douglas, from the town of Black Brook, claims that the green group intervened illegally in a state enforcement case involving his property. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Jennifer Caddick of Save the River hopes President Obama will help restore and improve wetlands like these in French Creek, a St. Lawrence tributary.
Jennifer Caddick of Save the River hopes President Obama will help restore and improve wetlands like these in French Creek, a St. Lawrence tributary.

Great Lakes defenders see hope in Obama

The Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River contain one-fifth of the world's fresh surface water, 90% of the fresh surface water in the U.S. But they've been battered by industrial pollution, farm and road runoff, and invasive species. The 185 foreign species in the Lakes and River cause billions of dollars in damage to the region's economy every year. After years of neglect by Washington, the Obama Administration is making a multi-billion dollar commitment to the cleaning up the Great Lakes. Environmentalists believe they have a big ally. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

New York slams water levels plan

A new plan for controlling water levels on the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario is drawing fire from all quarters of New York. The International Joint Commission announced this morning it supports a minor tweaking of a plan called "D-Plus". That plan is very similar to the existing, 50-year-old plan and provides only minor benefits for the environment. It's the result of a seven-year, $20 million study. As David Sommerstein reports, leaders in New York say the results are a waste of time and money.  Go to full article

Wetlands ruling confusing

Federal officials just announced which wetlands they'll protect and which ones they won't. The announcement was supposed to clear up the confusion around federal wetlands protection. But as Mark Brush reports, the confusion and the controversy continue.  Go to full article

Ft. Drum explores training buffer

The construction boom around Fort Drum has military planners worried about keeping open space for the base itself. Earlier this month, Army officials met with agriculture and conservation groups, like the Farm Bureau, Ducks Unlimited and the Nature Conservancy, as well as the DEC, about buying development easements around the Fort Drum reservation. The program could include hundreds of acres in Jefferson, St. Lawrence, and Lewis counties. David Cutter is Fort Drum's community planner. He told David Sommerstein the protected land would create a buffer between training activities and the base's neighbors.  Go to full article

Turning farmland back to wetland

Loss of wetlands is one of the most serious threats to the environmental health of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway. Lots of the wetlands were turned into farmland. Thousands of miles of ditches and trenches were dug to drain the water away. But losing millions of acres of wetlands meant the loss of most of the natural filter for the lakes' waters, as well as habitat for wildlife. More and more farmers are now part of a growing effort to restore what's been lost. The GLRC's Mark Brush has more.  Go to full article
Photo courtesy SLWGMD
Photo courtesy SLWGMD

Farmers wary of more wetlands

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to expand a program that helps farmers convert untillable acres into wetland habitat for birds. The program has already protected more than 3,000 acres in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties. Many farmers say that's enough. They fear more waterfowl could damage their crops. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Ten Threats: preserving wetlands

One of the biggest threats to the Great Lakes system is the loss of thousands of square miles of wetlands. From Lake Superior to the St. Lawrence River, some of the most important wildlife habitat along the edge of the waterway has been lost. For example, 200 years ago, much of the southern shore of Lake Erie was a huge swamp. Almost all of it has been drained and filled since European settlement. The GLRC's Julie Grant went to visit the last remaining bit, and the people who preserve it.  Go to full article

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