Monday, April 24, 2006

Earth Day 2006 and the Adirondacks

In honor of Earth Day 2006, some interesting and important Adirondack related sites.

It’s still not too late to take part in this year’s Hudson River Sweep a clean-up of the Great North River sponsored by the Scenic Hudson. They even have a cool page to locate your local clean-up event. Unfortunately, the closest clean-ups in our area are down in Saratoga County.

Last year the NYS Department of Conservation released a report on swimming in the Hudson River below the Troy Dam. The Lower Hudson appears pretty safe although the area above the Troy Dam was ignored, probably because of the bad news for those below Warrensburg and Fort Edward where GE is still trying to avoid cleaning up their mess.

Above there, we know some great spots for swimming where sand bars create amazing beaches on the river bank and pools of clean and cool water to swim in. They get little attention or visitors because few tourists know that they exist. We’re not about to spread the word here and ruin the secret.

Still, the idea that Hudson River is swimmable in the south can only be good for communities on the Upper Hudson – Warrensburg, Riverside / Rapairus, North Creek, North River, etc. Maybe when people have more opportunities to enjoy their local environments (peaking of the lower Hudson here) than they’ll come to appreciate why protecting the river, and its source here in the Adirondacks, is so important.

Meanwhile, Congressional Republicans are still attacking the environment, and the Utica Observer Dispatch is taking a look at the local impact of global warming:

There hasn’t been a September frost in the Hamilton area in the past four years, [Colgate University biology professor Ron] Hoham said, and that’s highly unusual. It means plants live longer. Flowers that should be long dead in October may still have blooms. Leaves don’t come off the trees as early, either.

Hoham says it’s too early to know the long term impacts of the warming, but farmers might expect more droughts (we’re on our way this year!) and more widespread disease in plants and animals, including humans.

Finally, two sites for the environmentally concerned:

baloghblog – who keeps us up with local and national environmental issues.
groovy green – a cooperative blog on green issues from a little south of the Adirondacks.

 


John Warren

John Warren has been exploring the woods and waters of the Adirondacks for more than 45 years. After a career as a print journalist and documentary television producer he founded Adirondack Almanack in 2005 and co-founded Adirondack Atlas in 2015.

John’s Adirondack Outdoors Conditions Report can be heard Friday mornings across the region on North Country Public Radio and on WSLP Lake Placid.

He is also on the staff of the New York State Writers Institute and edits The New York History Blog. He is the author of two books of regional history.




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