Severe Flooding in Watkins Glen

Flooding in the Village of  Watkins Glen on Tuesday, July 20th, 2021. (Watkins Glen Police) WATKINS GLEN, NY — Watkins Glen has been hit with severe flooding. The village was suffered a flash flood catalyzed by a severe thunderstorm and heavy downpour last night. Watkins Glen Police report that some parts of the Village were…

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Lawsuit Seeks to Stop Cargill’s Salt Mining Beneath Cayuga Lake Until the DEC takes a ‘Hard Look’ at the Risks

Inside the Cargill’s Cayuga Salt Mine in Lansing, New York. (DEC) ITHACA,  NY — Cargill and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are being challenged in court over a modified mining permit the DEC issued the company.  Cargill operates a salt mine of over 3,000 acres beneath Cayuga Lake. The lawsuit alleges that…

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Kelles Takes to Task DEC’s Study on Phosphorus and HABs

A harmful algal bloom that occurred on the southwest shores of Cayuga Lake on July 13th, 2019. (Community Science Institute) ITHACA, NY — New York State Assemblymember Anna Kelles has raised concerns about a report calculating the maximum amounts of phosphorus allowed in Cayuga Lake. Limiting phosphorus pollution is vital to protecting the lake from…

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Ithaca Seeks a Sustainability Specialist to Work on Green New Deal

Dan Burgevin’s Mural, “Sunrise on the Green New Deal,” located on the corner of West Buffalo Street and North Fulton Street in downtown Ithaca, NY. (Ithaca Murals) ITHACA, NY — The City of Ithaca is seeking to hire a Sustainability Specialist to help implement the City’s Green New Deal. The ambitious plan, adopted in June…

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The Friends of Stewart Park Celebrate The Park’s Centennial Bash

The Friends of Stewart Park gathered on Sunday, July 11 to celebrate the park’s centennial with cupcakes and music. The Centennial Birthday Bash took place one week after the initial planned date, due to trees in the park being heavily damaged in severe thunderstorms. Rick Manning, the Executive Director of the Friends of Stewart Park,…

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Environmentalists Go to the DEC’s Doorstep, Demand for Regulations on Cryptocurrency Mining

Environmentalists rally outside of the DEC’s Avon, NY offices on June 5th, 2021. (Jimmy Jordan/WRFI) UPDATE: Cuomo Addresses Bitcoin Mining: “There Are Serious Concerns” ITHACA, NY — The fight to regulate energy-intensive cryptocurrency mining in New York reached the DEC’s front door on Saturday. Close to two-hundred people rallied outside one the DEC’s  regional headquarter…

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Tompkins County Supports State Moratorium on Cryptocurrency Mining

The Tompkins County Legislature unanimously passed a resolution supporting a state moratorium on Cryptocurrency mining. The moratorium is a part of a bill before the New York state legislature, drafted by Assemblymember Anna Kelles. Cryptocurrency mining can be very energy intensive. Greenidge Generation LLC is a gas-fired power plant on Seneca Lake. They’re currently mining…

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