The state Senate’s environmental conservation committee today [Feb. 5] passed a bill enacting New York’s Wildlife Crossing Act. It directs the state Department of Transportation and the New York State Thruway Authority to identify sites where wildlife crossings are needed. Federal funding may be used to build the top five projects the state agencies identify.
Check out my colleague Mike Lynch’s story about why creating different kinds of safe passages for wildlife is important at this link.
And on Wednesday [Feb. 7], the state Legislature will hear from dozens of groups about funding wishes for environmental conservation in the state budget. It will be a marathon day, starting with the commissioners of the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, ending with Adirondack-area rangers, environmental conservation officers and the president of Paul Smith’s College. Written testimonies are already up online if you’d like to read them here: https://www.nysenate.gov/
Adirondack Park Agency
The Adirondack Park Agency is also meeting this week. On Thursday, [today, Feb. 8] it will hold its monthly meeting. The board is expected to vote on proposed changes to the agency’s wetlands permit and accepting two unit management plans, one for Rollins Pond Campground and one for Golden Beach Campground.
You can view the agenda and learn how to watch the meeting here: https://apa.ny.gov/Mailing/
View all APA public comment and hearing opportunities at: https://apa.ny.gov/Hearings/
- The APA has announced a public hearing and comment period regarding a variance request. Applicant Timothy Wade is seeking a variance to expand a pre-existing single family dwelling consisting of a 7.82-foot ridgeline height increase and a footprint increase of 50 square feet on Pleasant Lake on West Shore Road in the town of Stratford. The hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Feb. 16. Comments are also due by Feb. 16. To see the site plans, comment and learn how to participate in the hearing, go to https://apa.ny.gov/Hearings/
- Building contractor Schuyler LLC now has a revised, later comment period for its subdivision proposal. The company proposes to build a four-lot subdivision creating three residential building lots accessed off Dayton Drive in the town of Corinth. Comments are due Feb. 22. To see the site plans and submit comments go to https://apa.ny.gov/Hearings/
- Applicants Patrick & Hope Croneiser are proposing a three-lot subdivision creating three residential building lots of 10.3± acres, 9.9± acres and 9.2± acres on Penny Settlement Road in the town of Lyonsdale. Comments are due Feb. 22. To see the site plans and submit comments, go to https://apa.ny.gov/Hearings/
Environmental Notice Bulletin
View all the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s weekly environmental notice bulletin projects.
- Old Forge Properties is seeking a permit to withdraw 35,000 gallons per day from two onsite groundwater wells for use at Enchanted Forest Water Safari. The water will be used for pool filling, deck washing and filter backwashing, according to the project description. Comments are due by Feb. 15. To learn more and to comment, go to https://dec.ny.gov/news/
environmental-notice-bulletin/ 2024-01-31/completed- application/town-of-webb- enchanted-forest/water-safari.
Photo at top: SUNY Potsdam Assistant Professor Kate Cleary documents roadkill on Route 12 in St. Lawrence County for a road ecology study. Photo by Mike Lynch.
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