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Answers to Common Questions -- (Maybe your question has been asked before.) 

I may not have the answer, but I can help you find the answer to your question about Rochester, New York's environment.   Over the years, visitors to my environmental sites have asked me questions about environmental matters, and though I'm no scientist, I have been closely monitoring the news and information as it exists on the Internet.  I've come across a wealth of information and contacts on the internet that might help you find what environmental information you are looking for.

 ASK The Experts! Below are some online resources where you can ask the environmental experts: 

  1. Government Hotline to Environmental Questions  ENVIRO-HEALTH, a publicly accessible clearinghouse on environmental health effects, is a free information source and referral service sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), one of the National Institutes of Health. NIEHS created the clearinghouse to provide environmental health information to the general public. ENVIRO-HEALTH also responds to requests from public health officials, environmental justice groups, grassroots environmental organizations, environmental science writers, educators, and students.
  2. Ask a question about treated wood from a representative of Rochesterians Against the Misuse of Pesticides (RAMP) Judith Braiman [judybraiman@frontiernet.net]
  3. Ask A Question Use the form below to submit a question to the New York State Public Service Commission.
  4. From the National Audubon Society contact them here: askaudubon@audubon.org.
  5. Ask an Expert Is it possible? A Spotted Owl in Vermont? And what can be done to keep those cats out of the bird-feeder? Our expert naturalists are waiting to answer your questions. ENature.com
  6. The Penfield Public Library has a section on their site where you can Ask A Librarian.
  7. Home / Garden -- from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County - Welcome to these Horticulture pages! We are ready to assist your 'green' activities. The horticulture program serves as a resource to residents of Monroe County. We provide information based on conditions and needs of this region, using research and experienced-based information from Cornell University, and our locally-based professional staff. We provide services to help you with issues related to lawns, trees, and vegetable, fruit or ornamental gardens. Your questions and problems are addressed through a number of methods. The Garden Helpline is staffed by trained Master Gardener volunteers who answer your gardening and pest problem questions. We have also added the capability to submit questions on-line 24 hours a day.
  8. Got an environmental question? Send it to EarthTalk, c/o E/The Environmental Magazine, P.O. Box 5098, Westport, CT 06881; submit your question at www.emagazine.com, or e-mail earthtalk@emagazine.com.
  9. From the Sierra Club - "Got a question on any environmental topic? Send it to Mr. Green via our web site at Hey Mr. Green - Sierra Club
  10. Grist Magazine | Ask Umbra --from Environmental News and Humor | Grist Magazine | Grist is an online environmental magazine. Our credo: Pull no punches, take no prisoners, eschew the wealth and fame that so often seduce online environmental journalists. And try to have a better sense of humor than a pack of fur protesters.
  11. Submit Questions Online If you cannot use the services of our telephone Helpline, you can ask your question or describe your problem with this form. Once received by our Horticulture team and Master Gardeners, your information will be reviewed, and someone will respond with recommendations or follow-up questions. Please give us as many details about your situation, to help us understand and make the correct diagnosis. Our recommendations are based on Monroe County conditions. We discourage questions from distinctly different regions. -- Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County
  12. Want to know what you can and cannot put in the Monroe County Curbside Recycling Program? Residential Recycling http://www.monroecounty.gov/des-residentialrecycling.php  and check out the document: Material the curbside Recycling Program Does Not Include: http://www.monroecounty.gov/File/Non-Blue%20Box%20Program%20Materials.pdf
  13. Got questions about how our energy solutions might help us live more sustainably?  Check out this Rochester-area expert: SAGES - Sustainability and Global Energy Systems -"The Sustainability and Global Energy Systems (SAGES) Project is interested in understanding and characterizing the energy needs of the global population."
  14. Got a question about your energy costs? AskPSC -  The Public Service Commission is responsible for the intake and resolution of consumer complaints involving New York's utilities (energy, telephone, cable and water) and competitive energy service companies operating in New York State.


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