Monthly Archives April 2014

Hudson Valley & NYC Brace As Imminent Changes to New York’s Energy Markets Approach

The race to solve New York’s energy future is on and competing solutions have hit a new threshold of controversy.  In one corner, Governor Cuomo wants to build new transmission lines to bring power from update resources to serve downstate demand.  In the other corner, FERC has approved the New York Independent System Operator’s (a regional transmission organization operating under FERC’s umbrella) solution to create of a new downstate capacity zone  made up of the Lower Hudson Valley and New York City. Enter Hudson Valley Congressman Maloney (D), representing Orange, Putnam, and parts of Westchester and Dutchess Counties, who has
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Public Invited to Comment on Scope of Environmental Assessment for Proposed Turbidity Control in Water Diverted From Ashokan Reservoir

Residents and environmentalists in the Hudson Valley have been concerned about turbidity in various water bodies ranging from the Ashokan to the Kensico Reservoirs. The DEC is putting together a draft scope of the Environmental Impact Statement for these water bodies and they want your input. From the DEC’s office: Comments are now being accepted on the draft scope for the Environmental Impact Statement to be prepared for methods to control turbidity in the portion of the New York City Watershed known as the Catskill Water Supply System and for the evaluation of potential impacts to both the Ashokan Reservoir,
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DEC to Conduct Controlled Burn in Bog Brook Unique Area

New York State DEC will conduct a controlled burn at Bog Brook Unique Area, located in the towns of Southeast and Patterson in Putnam County. The prescribed fire will involve 14.5 acres and is tentatively scheduled for April 10 or 11, depending on weather conditions. The burn will continue DEC’s efforts to restore the Area’s unique native wetland communities and wildlife habitat. When acquired in 1981, Bog Brook contained one of the State’s best examples of a rich graminoid fen, a unique type of wetland. Over the years, its habitat has been gradually degraded by an expanding infestation of common reed (Phragmites
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