Tuesday, December 5, 2023

What is whiskey fungus?

Whiskey fungus

Have you ever heard of whiskey fungus? I had not until working on this story about WhistlePig Whiskey’s storage facility in Mineville.

Check it out here.

Adirondack Park Agency

View all APA public comment and hearing opportunities at: https://apa.ny.gov/Hearings/index.cfm.

  • Stony Creek Community Church is applying for a three-lot subdivision to create a 0.82-acre lot improved by an existing single family dwelling, a 0.58-acre lot containing an existing cemetery, and a 0.34-acre lot improved by a pre-existing church on Harrisburg Road in the town of Stony Creek. Comments are due by Dec. 21. To view site plans and submit comments, go to https://apa.ny.gov/Hearings/ApaCommentPopup.cfm?ProjectNumber=2023-0209.
  • Applicant John Morris is seeking to build a new 3,200-square-foot building for operation of a new commercial use heating and plumbing business on Cutting Road in the town of Lewis. Comments are due by Dec. 21. To view site plans and submit comments, go to https://apa.ny.gov/Hearings/ApaCommentPopup.cfm?ProjectNumber=2023-0208.

Environmental Notice Bulletin

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has revamped its website (yay!).

“The launch of DEC’s new website—www.dec.ny.govprovides a more mobile-friendly and immersive view into DEC’s mission and our ongoing work to protect the environmental and public health and responsibly connect New Yorkers to nature,” said Commissioner Basil Seggos.

This also means I’m learning to navigate the new format of the weekly environmental notice bulletin. Here’s what I found out for public comment in the Adirondacks below.

  • The DEC has prepared a draft permit and has made a tentative determination to approve a proposed discharge of up to 20,000 gallons per day of treated infiltrated groundwater to retention ponds from a primary treatment system of pleated sand filters and carbon filters at the Atlas F Missile Silo facility, 92 Creative Way in the town of Willsboro. The applicant will be pumping the groundwater out of the decommissioned missile silo to access and remediate the area. The water has been tested and staff have determine that the discharge will meet groundwater standards, according to a project description. Comments are due by Dec. 29 to Erin Donhauser, NYSDEC Region 5 Headquarters,1115 St Rte 86, Ray Brook, NY 12977 or emailed to DEP.R5@dec.ny.gov.
  • Fulton County is seeking a renewal of the Title V Permit for the county’s Mud Road landfill on West Main Street in the town of Johnstown. The DEC has made a draft determination to issue it. For more information and to submit comments by Dec. 29, contact Beth Magee, NYSDEC Region 5 Warrensburg Sub-Office, 232 Golf Course Rd, Warrensburg, NY 12885 or email DEP.R5@dec.ny.gov.
  • The DEC has prepared a draft permit and made a tentative determination to issue an individual State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) stormwater permit for the construction of the Twin Bolton residential subdivision located on Lake Shore Drive in the town of Bolton.  Development of the +/- 35 acre site will include construction of a road, 14 single family homes and related infrastructure, according to a project description. To submit comments by Dec. 29 and for more information, contact Beth Magee, NYSDEC Region 5 Warrensburg Sub-Office, 232 Golf Course Rd, Warrensburg, NY 12885 or email DEP.R5@dec.ny.gov.
  • Phase II of Mohawk Valley Water Authority’s (MVWA) raw transmission main project proposes to install 5,200 linear feet of 63-inch high density polyethylene (HDPE) water pipe to improve raw water transmission capabilities. The new transmission line will parallel existing water service infrastructure through existing easements in the Town of Russia, Herkimer County and Town of Trenton, Oneida County. This phase will involve installation of the new infrastructure beginning at the MVWA property below Hinckley Reservoir dam and extending downstream to a stopping point on the east side of Prospect Pond. A second section will begin on the west side of Prospect Pond and extend westerly until a stopping point adjacent to NYS Route 365, east of the existing boat launch. Portions of the new water transmission pipe will be installed within a state mapped wetland and two state protected streams. Temporary impacts to state mapped wetland HY-1 will be .6-acre, with an additional 0.38-acre of temporary impact to the regulated adjacent area. A total of 40 linear feet of temporary impacts will occur to two state protected Class C(T) streams.


Photo at top: The grey building on the right, is owned by the Essex County Industrial Development Agency and occupied by High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care for administration, tested positive for whiskey fungus. It has distillery buildings on three sides. Photo by Eric Teed.

This first appeared in Gwen’s weekly “Adirondack Report” newsletter. Click here to sign up.

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Gwen is the environmental policy reporter for Adirondack Explorer.

One Response

  1. John Davis says:

    14 new septic systems in Lake Georgeis very greedy.

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