Posts Tagged ‘ new york ’

City of (Sewage in the) Water | Larry Levine’s Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Jul 24th, 2011 | By

While New York Harbor is generally cleaner than it’s been in a century — thanks to the very same Clean Water Act that a majority in the House of Representatives voted to gut last week — the city still ROUTINELY dumps billions of gallons sewage into local waterways every year when it rains.

Join the griterati … Read ‘dirt’ magazine, new from New York’s Straus News

Jun 9th, 2011 | By

Dirt is your guide to healthy living from the ground up. It’s about living sustainably, acting responsibly and thinking locally. You’ll find information, news and — we hope — a little inspiration in our pages. Dirt is published six times a year by Straus News, 20 West Ave., Chester, NY 10918. Dirt is printed in

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Low-cost eel passage has early success in Westchester County

Jun 4th, 2011 | By

A low-cost eel ladder designed, built and installed by restoration and education staff at the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve successfully trapped 44 American eels (Anguilla rostrata) during its first days of operation. Read more here: Low-cost eel passage has early success in Westchester County.

Eastern L.I. Sound close to gaining no-discharge zone status

Apr 23rd, 2011 | By

All of Long Island Sound — from the East River out to Fishers Island — could soon join the Peconic Bay estuary as a federally designated no-discharge zone. Click this environmental headline to read more of this story.

Schneiderman files petition forcing Indian Point to comply with federal regulations

Mar 28th, 2011 | By

Amid new fire safety concerns, Indian Point seeks to dodge federal regulations developed to keep nuclear power plants secure in fire emergencies, according to the NY A.G.’s office.

Today’s petition is latest action in Schneiderman’s vigilance of Indian Point, follows lawsuit on nuclear waste storage and appeal to study seismic risk.

NYC: Cutting Edge for Urban Transportation and a Vision for a Sustainable Future?

Feb 15th, 2011 | By

In three years as New York City’s transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan has overseen the building of hundreds of miles of innovative bike lanes; turned traffic-clogged streets like parts of Broadway into vibrant public spaces; and has made the streets safer than they have been in many decades.

NY Atty Gen’l Schneiderman Moves To Sue Major Pennsylvania Power Plant For Polluting New York’s Air

Jan 6th, 2011 | By

The Homer City Plant Is Largest Out-of-State Contributor of Sulfur Dioxide Pollution to New York; Emits more than double the SO2 emitted by all NY power plants combined.

TSTC takes a look at Transportation 2010 and an open letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Jan 4th, 2011 | By

The overall transportation story of 2010, particularly in New York, was one of fare hikes, service cuts, and diminished expectations, according to the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. They take a look at some of the themes from the year inside.

States Lead the Way to Reduce Global Warming Emissions: UCS

Dec 9th, 2010 | By

In the absence of national leadership, many states are taking matters into their own hands to reduce carbon emissions, the Union of Concerned Scientists reports. Last month in California, voters thwarted an aggressive attempt by oil companies to kill the state’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act—showing support for clean energy technology development as the path

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New York station now offering B5 to fleets

Dec 2nd, 2010 | By

A new fuel station in the New York metro area is now offering B5 to customers. The location, a Sunoco station located in the in the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx, caters primarily to fleet drivers.

Rising seas, increased storm surges will put NY’s coastlines at risk: Task Force

Nov 12th, 2010 | By

A draft report of the Task Force’s findings and recommendations was released Nov. 9 and is available for public review and comment through Dec. 12. Conservative projections of sea level rise by the end of the century are 7 to 23 inches, but some projections predict a rise of more than four-and-a-half-feet by 2100.

Verizon Rolls Out Alternative-Energy Vehicles in Westchester County

Oct 13th, 2010 | By

Verizon unveiled 25 hybrid pickups and five compressed natural gas vans that it will add to its fleet of service vehicles in Westchester County the company will add to its New York fleet of more than 270 alternative-energy vehicles this year.

NYC releases green infrastructure plan

Oct 2nd, 2010 | By

‘Cleaning up New York City’s rivers, creeks, and coastal waters has been a top priority,’ writes New York City Mayor Michael R. Boomberg in the beginning of the report, ‘and the pace of progress has increased dramatically over the past several years.’

The NYC Green Infrastructure Plan continues the implementation of PlaNYC, not only by improving water quality, but by helping the City achieve cleaner air and greener streets.

Smoky Connecticut Truck Pulled Over in New York

Oct 1st, 2010 | By

M&E Transport of Brooklyn, Conn., may be liable for $700 in fines for allowing one of its truck drivers to roll into New York state with an exhaust pipe emitting excessive smoke, according to its “Operation Eco-Quality.”

Rep. Bishop urges EPA to ban sewage discharges

Sep 30th, 2010 | By

The Congressman from New York has asked the EPA to approve a “No Discharge Zone” designation for all New York waters in Long Island Sound, as requested by the New York State Department of Environmental Protection in August.

NY Transportation Forum Reveals United Woes

Sep 27th, 2010 | By

Albany and New York City can seem worlds apart, but when it comes to transportation woes, there may be more similarities than differences. At a September 21 forum held at the Albany Public Library, “Fighting for Greater Transportation Equity in New York State,” the dire situation for transportation funding and the need for safer, more

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AFT Releases State-Level Agricultural Easement Stats

Sep 20th, 2010 | By

States’ efforts to protect agricultural land through purchase of agricultural conservation easement programs accelerated in 2009 despite funding shortfalls. For example, agricultural land values declined 4.2 percent in Connecticut.

In New York, the Governor and Legislature passed a reduced budget for 2010-2011 that will have severe impacts on state farmland protection efforts.

New York Smart Growth Act Signed Into Law | Steven Higashide, Mobilizing the Region

Sep 2nd, 2010 | By

The Smart Growth Public Infrastructure Priority Act (A8011B/S5560B), which directs New York state agencies to make their infrastructure spending decisions in accordance with smart growth principles, has been signed into law by Gov. Paterson. The law was a priority for Vision Long Island, Empire State Future, TSTC, and other transportation and planning groups, and its passage was hailed by advocates.

Seascape Initiative aims to turn the tide for the New York seas

Sep 1st, 2010 | By

Just off the New York coastline lives an undersea wilderness. Sharks, sea turtles, dolphins, whales, seals, skates, and rays swim below the many flying shorebirds and seafaring ships of the eastern Atlantic. In all, more than 300 fish species feed, breed, and migrate through the New York Bight, which stretches between Montauk in northern Long

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Deal reached on Croton watershed upgrades

Aug 24th, 2010 | By

A dozen communities in northern Westchester have worked out an agreement on how to spend $10 million to maintain the quality of drinking water in the region.The funding will pay for improvements to storm drains and catch basins that prevent pollutants from entering the Croton reservoir system, and it will create a system for mapping

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