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Lawmakers move to ban pesticide-treated seeds amid declining bee population in New York

The New York State Legislature is set to vote on a bill banning the sale of seeds pre-treated with neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been linked to a decline in the bee population, despite strong opposition ... more

New York offers aid to Canada amid wildfires: Air Quality Alert extended through Thursday

Air quality issues will soon peak: Doctors advise staying indoors as conditions get worse this morning and afternoon
New York Governor Kathy Hochul has offered to send aid to Canada in the fight against wildfires that have ravaged the country. Hochul said that New York is prepared to send firefighters, equipment, and other ... more

Sodus gets new climate smart recognition for efforts to go green

New York Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced that a Wayne County village has received the esteemed Bronze Level Certification in the state's Climate Smart Communities Program. The award is in recognition of eight years of ... more

Air quality abysmal in the Finger Lakes today due to smoke from Canadian wildfires

Air quality abysmal in the Finger Lakes today due to Canadian wildfire smoke
Finger Lakes residents are experiencing hazy, surreal conditions today and officials are warning that the air quality is unsafe, not only for those with respiratory conditions, but for everyone. The source of the smoke that ... more
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Packaging and Recycling Infrastructure Act faces pushback from state business leaders

The Packaging and Recycling Infrastructure Act, a late amendment bill aimed at mitigating plastic pollution and enhancing recycling statewide, has drawn strong opposition from state business leaders. The proposed legislation seeks to establish an Extended ... more

Air Quality Alert extended as Canadian Wildfires in Quebec affect Upstate New York

The air quality alert for Upstate New York has been extended through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday due to the impact of raging wildfires in Quebec. The smoke from these fires is causing hazy skies and potential ... more

Sierra Club urges state to quit promoting sewage sludge as fertilizer and ban its spread on fields

The Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter is calling for the state to reverse its policy of promoting the use of sewage sludge as a fertilizer spread on farm fields and as a component of compost due ... more

Man known for repeated state violations accused of shooting DEC turkey decoy in Cayuga County

John Rio, a 49-year-old man from Jordan in Onondaga County, has been charged with possessing a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle and discharging it from a public highway. According to the Department of Environmental ... more

DEC, Finger Lakes Land Trust protects 86 acres along Skaneateles Lake

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Finger Lakes Land Trust (FLLT) announced this week the permanent protection of 86 acres in the Skaneateles Lake watershed through the use of a conservation ... more

Supreme Court rolls back protections for wetlands in broad ruling that favors farmers, developers, and polluting industries

New York State’s top environmental regulator today condemned the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday that will remove millions of acres of environmentally sensitive wetlands from federal regulation. The Montezuma Wildlife Refuge in Seneca, Wayne and ... more

DEC and DOH issue reminder for residents to stay vigilant as HABs season begins in Finger Lakes

The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Health (DOH) have issued a reminder for New Yorkers to remain vigilant about harmful algal blooms (HABs) as the 2023 reporting season commences. The DEC's ... more

As Greenidge’s stock tanks, the bitcoin miner’s boss prepares to back third party candidate in 2024 election

Greenidge Generation’s last-ditch efforts to avoid being delisted from the NASDAQ stock exchange sputtered late last week, as the Bitcoin mining company’s Class A common stock continued to fall after a 1-for-10 reverse stock split ... more

DEC gives advice on recycling ‘tanglers’

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has issued a plea to residents to refrain from recycling "tanglers." Defined as items that can entangle and disrupt the functionality of equipment at recycling processing ... more

Seneca Energy wants to expand, but advocates are pushing back

Seneca Energy, an operator of a 17.6 megawatt facility in New York that transforms landfill methane into electricity and refined natural gas, is seeking to expand its operations. However, environmental groups including the Seneca Lake ... more

Persistent dry spell raises fire danger to ‘high’ across Finger Lakes

As the Finger Lakes region marks ten days without rain this week, the New York State Department of Environmental Protection has declared the fire danger level "High" through Friday due to dry vegetation. Despite the ... more

Eco-friendly fun: Green playgrounds propel New York toward climate goals

The new schoolyard at PS 184M Shuang Wen, a grade school in Manhattan’s Chinatown, features new play equipment, a yoga circle, a stage and basketball and tennis courts. It also has a porous turf field that ... more

Seneca Lake Guardian criticizes Sen. Gillibrand for stance on cryptocurrency

Environmental advocacy group, Seneca Lake Guardian, is criticizing U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand for her stance on cryptocurrency and perceived lack of commitment to the Finger Lakes region. The group alleges Gillibrand has failed to reintroduce ... more

Bloom: The Toxic Threat to the Finger Lakes (video)

Since 2017, all eleven of New York state's Finger Lakes have been affected by harmful algal blooms. These outbreaks threaten the region's tourism and drinking water supply. Bloom breaks down the potential culprits that may ... more

Specialists offer help to property owners along Lake Ontario who have dealt with flooding

New York Sea Grant specialists Roy L. Widrig and Kathleen M. Fallon, Ph.D., are offering assistance to property owners in the state's Great Lakes and Long Island regions who are experiencing shoreline erosion due to ... more