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         Highlights of the March 2007 RENewsletter:  As always, there's lots going on in the Rochester area pertaining to our environment.  You just have to look all over the Internet to find the stories.  But, here at RochesterEnvironment.com we bring it all to one place. 

 

 

* Hottest issue this month of March 2007:  My vote for the biggest environmental story for our area this month is Earth Day.  Go to RochesterEnvironment.com/calendar and check out all the Rochester-area environmental events.  There are programs (like the 9th Environmental Forum by the Sierra Club on keeping the small Finger Lakes pristine), conferences (Like the U of R Sustainability Conference), clean-ups of important biological areas (like Irondequoit Bay) and even a “StepItUp2007” demonstration on Twelve Corners in Brighton.  If you don’t know about the world-wide Earth Day Demonstration by Bill McKibben about upping our commitment to curbing Global Warming then, surf over to http://www.stepitup2007.org/ and learn about it.  It would be great if you and ten others you know stopped over on April 14th, from 2 to 4 PM at Twelve Corners in Brighton and helped put Rochester, NY on the map.  I will be there adding to the numbers of individuals from Rochester to want to raise their voice for Climate Change. 

* Other Hot Environmental issues this month:  Big this month on the Rochester environment scene is pollution, with a major breakout in Victor, NY.  But, there are other stories about pollution in our Great Lakes and how some major companies are cleaning up their act.  VHS or Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia is still making news all over the Great Lakes, so much so that I’ve created a page that chronicles the news articles from beginning to present on the discovery where you can see the dept and breath of this invasive, viral, fish disease at <http://www.rochesterenvironment.com/vhs_news_links.htm> Also, we are finding that Monroe County and one of our great universities (the University of Rochester) is the epicenter of research and prevention for the possible pandemic flu. A recent test at the Dome Arena shows Rochester is actually preparing and not just talking. Energy development, in the form of wind, fuel cells and ethanol, is shaping our environmental and our economy.  Sounds more and more like the Rochester area is going to be a leader in renewable energy research--good place for future workers to come.  And more stores about land being set aside for environmental preservation, this time in southern Canandaigua.  In this vein, don’t miss the Sierra Club's Rochester Regional Group’s 9th Environmental Forum, on the preservation of Hemlock/Canadice Lakes http://newyork.sierraclub.org/rochester/9th_environmental_forum.htm>

* The silent stories [important stories we didn't hear much about]:  Finally, I’m seeing a story in the Rochester area about the looming Bee Colony Collapse Syndrome.  I’ve been following this story around the county and finally this story is showing up and educating the public in this area about this potential threat to our apple industry and other agricultural products that are pollinated by bees.  Let me be clear: no bees, no apples.  Something else that I personally think is a great story is one out of City Newspaper: “In its proposed new five-year plan, the Genesee Transportation Council has included $7 million worth of bicycle and pedestrian improvements.”  I don’t know all the details, but I have contacted the GTC long ago about connecting the plethora of Rochester bike trails so that as many as Rochester commuters as possible can use our bike trails for getting to work. My wife just changed jobs so she could bike to work and I believe many would use this non-polluting, healthy way to work if it was feasible.  First, you have to get your head around the idea of not jumping into a car to get to work, but when you do, Rochester may have some connecting trails for you to ride.  Finally, the drafting of a bill by one of our state senators to curb the use of plastic bags in stores caught my attention because plastic bags are such a litter problem.  Maybe the solution is reusable shopping bags that one of our largest stores is adopting.

* On-Going Concerns:  My latest and greatest concern is for neighboring communities who are confronted with wind farms (and there are a couple of stories on this, this month) is for them to see the Big picture: that our communities should not have a public discussion of the implementation of wind farms unless they consider climate change and that they are now using a very pollution and global warming energy source as they discuss this issue.  I fear that in many communities wind farms will be ruled or moratoriumed out because the public will not even consider the Bigger issues—as if they are not part of the world community.  Too often wind farms are dismissed because they might hurt birds or bats and ruin the aesthetic appeal, or the noise, or the flicker effect, or the disruption, or the whatever.  The concerns of the anti-wind farm people are important, but the must be placed in the context of our planetary climate change.  And, there are answers to the objections of wind farms, one of the most salient being that more cats kill birds than a country filled with wind farms might.  If the issue is saving birds, place a moratorium on letting pet cats wander outside to do what they do best, pounce on birds at birdfeeders.  The number of birds killed this way runs in the tens of thousands per year. And, countries like Germany, where a large percent of their energy comes from wind, loves how they look on their countryside. Just because a coal-fired energy plant is not at your doorstep doesn’t mean it isn’t having a profound environmental effect on our environment.

* Environmental Actions you can take for our area:  The most important environmental actions you can take this month is to participate in one of the environmental events listed on <http://www.rochesterenvironment.com/calendar.htm> our calendar, the most updated and comprehensive environmental calendar for Rochester, NY.

* Environmental events going on this month: Just as individual e-mails don’t raise any red flags when one of us e-mails our public officials, a lone person standing on the corner demanding that our country do something about global warming won’t have much effect.  But, a lot of e-mails, tens of thousands, will get noticed by your political official, believe me.  And, the local “StepItUP2007” program will put a lot of people on the corner demanding that we do something about global warming. The media is drawn like bugs to large gatherings of any kind.  So, Check this out: A Rochester-area Step it up 2007 Earth Day Event- MARCH TO CALL FOR BOLD ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE - April 14th, from 2 to 4 PM at Twelve Corners in Brighton. - http://www.stepitup2007.org  -Step it Up is a campaign to raise awareness and call on Congress to take action to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The technology exists today to make the necessary cuts in emissions, but legislation and funding are necessary to put this technology into practice. Come join us to make the biggest possible statement to Rochester and our local leaders that addressing Climate Change should be a top priority. For more information contact: Keri A. Kaminsky kakaminsky@frontiernet.net or kakaminsky@yahoo.com   

 * Rochester-area Environmental Site of the Month: Pathways to a Sustainable World -Conference on Sustainability - April 13, 14 University of Rochester - "This conference will bring the greater Rochester community together to explore critical issues in creating a truly sustainable world. Communication and education are essential to understand the challenges we face to create the world we want. The conference will highlight inspiring talks by innovators proposing solutions across a wide range of areas, including education, ecology, economics, social policy, arts, and science. It specifically aims to support positive change at the local and regional level, strengthening community and encouraging local economies. It will be a forum for discussion and interaction in which we will share our knowledge and skills, and be inspired and motivated towards creating a genuinely sustainable world.

      

NEWS SUMMARY: Many of the news links below may already be out of date because these online news sources do not archive their stories.  To get the full articles, you can contact the news service and ask them for a copy. 

News for March 2007:

  • URMC receives money for new bird flu research center - News - MSNBC.com The medical center has been awarded tens of millions of dollars to establish a new bird flu research center. The National Institutes of Health hopes to lower the yearly death toll from seasonal flu and to make future influenza pandemics less deadly.  (March 31, 07) Rochester, NY news from WHEC-TV - MSNBC.com
  • MPNnow.com: Mixed reviews on lawn-care pamphlet - Canandaigua's effort to educate homeowners on pesticides and fertilizers is watered down, some say. City officials hope education will curb the overuse of pesticides and fertilizers polluting lake and ground water. Copies of the pamphlet, "Healthy Lawns for Canandaigua Lake," were mailed the first week of March to some 3,600 city homeowners. The facts and figures were compiled in collaboration with the Lake Watershed Council and the Cornell Cooperative Extension. (March 31, 07) MPNnow.com: Rochester and Western Finger Lakes News, Entertainment, Sports, Opinions, Photos and More
  • State Senator Wants Plastic Bag Ban - 13WHAM.com Paper or plastic? Soon, you may not get a choice. State Senator Jim Alesi (R-Perinton) is drafting a bill that would make drug and grocery stores cut their non-biodegradable plastic bag use in half by the end of 2010 and stop using them altogether by the end of 2012.  - (March 30, 2007) Home - 13WHAM.com
  • Buzz in Bee Biz—Not Sweet - 13WHAM.com (Hamlin, N.Y.)- Huge numbers of honey bees are mysteriously dying out, both locally and across the country. The buzz in the bee business is colony collapse disorder. At Doan's honey farm in Hamlin, Ed Doan finds hive after hive has been annihilated. - (March 29, 2007) Home - 13WHAM.com
  • Genesee River Dredging Funds Cut - 13WHAM.com - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will not dredge the Genesee River as planned this summer, because of federal budget cuts. The $920,000 funding cut came as a surprise to local officials and Charlotte residents, who did not learn of it until a major cargo ship got stuck in the mouth of the river last Thursday.  - (March 29, 2007) Home - 13WHAM.com
  • Hamlin beekeeper testifies at hearing — WASHINGTON -- In a Capitol Hill hearing Thursday, the chairman of a key House agriculture subcommittee promised to help the nation’s beekeepers and farmers find the cause of a massive die-off of honey bees over the past year.- (March 29, 2007) Democrat & Chronicle
  • A honey of a mystery stings area - Hamlin farmer to testify in Congress today about puzzling loss of bees. In his four decades of beekeeping, Jim Doan has never seen anything like it. He'll check on a hive and the bees will be gone. Like other beekeepers across the country, this Hamlin man is witnessing a mysterious phenomenon. Bees are vanishing from hives without a trace. (March 29, 2007) Democrat & Chronicle
  • Silt levels of Genesee surveyed next week - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers doesn't expect to get a survey crew out on the Genesee River to measure the extent of shoaling at least until Monday. (March 29,07) Democrat & Chronicle
  • MPNnow.com: Pollution draws calls for resignations An overflow crowd turned out in Victor last night to get information and vent frustration about contaminated groundwater on the west side of town. VICTOR — Concerns over groundwater contamination drew a crowd of roughly 150 residents to a community forum last night that had to be moved from the Town Hall to the Victor Intermediate School auditorium to fit everyone in. A panel of state environmental and health officials tried to quell residents' fears with information about an investigation they launched several weeks ago into groundwater contamination. They also fielded questions from about two dozen worried residents, including Michael Barry, who called for the resignations of two town officials. (March 27, 07) MPNnow.com: Rochester and Western Finger Lakes News, Entertainment, Sports, Opinions, Photos and More
  • Monroe passes its test on flu-shot efficiency - 270 mock patients turn out in drill at Dome Center - The county timed how long it took to get 500 people to fill out medical forms and go through vaccination stations. Many volunteers went through the line twice to help the county reach its goal. ( March 28, 07) Democrat & Chronicle
  • Rochester City Newspaper - TRANSIT: In new plan, cyclists get a boost As it turns out, several years' worth of substandard air quality may be good for our region's health, at least in the long term. In its proposed new five-year plan, the Genesee Transportation Council has included $7 million worth of bicycle and pedestrian improvements. That's five times more money for those improvements than in the last plan. The new plan also includes money for service stations that would provide fuel such as ethanol for government vehicles. The service stations would likely be operated jointly by the city, the city school district, and the county. (March 28, 07) Rochester City Newspaper
  • Deadly fish virus spreading west A deadly fish virus that already is wreaking havoc in the eastern Great Lakes is spreading west and could one day reach Lake Superior, where it could have potentially devastating effects on Minnesota's fisheries. (March 27, 07) http://www.startribune.com/
  • KEEPING INVASIVE SPECIES OUT - Harbors in the United States risk biological pollution every time a foreign ship comes into port. The ships often carry foreign aquatic animals that can cause environmental and economic damage. Lester Graham reports the problem is known, acknowledged, and still the government has not taken the measures needed to stop the problem:  (March 26) The Environment Report
  • MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARING BEES Brownish-orange bumps on the backs of these bees are Varroa jacobsoni mites, a possible cause of CCD. (Photo courtesy of the USDA) Millions of honeybees across the country are dying mysteriously. Entire hives or colonies of bees are collapsing. Scientists say it's some new threat. They're scrambling to find answers. As Bob Allen reports, bees are crucial in pollinating billions of dollars worth of crops every spring: (March 26) The Environment Report
  • EPA official says he'll look into Victor contamination - (March 26, 2007) — As Victor town officials plan a “community briefing” for this evening on groundwater contamination in a section of the town, the top federal environmental official in New York state said he would inquire about the matter. (March 25, 07)  Democrat & Chronicle
  • Potential danger for homeowners was not clarified -  (March 25, 07)  Democrat & Chronicle
  • Plume of poison: Gov. Spitzer must make Victor cleanup a top priority - Beneath some of the region's most alluring real estate, much of it rolling hills loaded with wildlife, lurks danger. At least a mile of this acreage is toxic, and too many residents who live nearby in western Victor don't even know it.  (March 25, 07)  Democrat & Chronicle
  • Old waste poses new woe: Toxic vapors - We're just beginning to understand the problem with noxious gases - One of the latest public health concerns involves a new problem at old locations: toxic vapors that could rise from long-known dump sites. In recent years, environmental and health officials in New York and around the nation have come to the conclusion that volatile chemicals pooled far below ground have the capacity to rise in vapor and accumulate in the basements of homes and other buildings. (March 25, 07)  Democrat & Chronicle
  • Danger below: Toxic vapor woes in Victor also a threat elsewhere - Last month, environmental officers began going into the basements of homes set amid the cornfields and hillsides of western Victor. They told residents they were there to test the air for the presence of toxic vapors rising from industrial chemicals in groundwater below their homes. (March 25, 07)  Democrat & Chronicle
  • Fish get a charge out of trout survey — URBANA — Counting fish in a Steuben County creek to get a sneak preview of the upcoming rainbow trout season is a shocking experience — at least for the trout. Wading into the creek with an electrically-charged wand, fish nets, tape measure, scale and clipboard is an annual pregame ritual performed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation for the opening of the trout season April 1.(March 23, 2007) Democrat & Chronicle
  • toledoblade.com -- Wind power plan for lake gains speed; efforts totaling over $1M seek to win new industry More than $1 million could be spent in the coming months pursuing offshore wind power in Lake Erie, even though the region just lost out on a bid to have East Toledo host the nation’s first testing laboratory for offshore wind turbine blades. A $250,000 wildlife study, funded by a grant the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority obtained from U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo), recently began along the western Lake Erie shoreline. (March 23, 07) The Toledo Blade
  • DEC announces availability of environmental justice grants - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Wednesday announced the availability of 2007 State assistance funding under the Environmental Justice Community Impact Research Grant program. Environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies. Environmental justice efforts focus on improving the environment in under served communities, specifically minority and low-income communities, addressing disproportionate adverse environmental impacts that may exist in those communities, and ensuring meaningful public participation and environmental benefits. (March 22, 07) New York State News on the Net!
  • DEC Adopts revised emergency regulations to help prevent spread of VHS -The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the adoption of new emergency regulations to help prevent the spread of the Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) virus to additional waters in the State. The new emergency regulations, which were filed with the Department of State and took effect on Friday, March 9, 2007, replace previously enacted emergency regulations and reflect some changes incorporated as a result of public comments on the limits of the possession, sale, transfer, taking and release of certain baitfish and other live fish species to be placed in New York waters. VHS is a pathogen of fish and does not pose any threat to public health. (March 20, 07) New York State News on the Net!
  • FURNACES SMOGGING UP NEIGHBORHOODS The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants wood-burning furnaces to be cleaned up. But many cities aren't waiting for the EPA to act. They're calling the furnaces a menace to public health.
  • globeandmail.com: Joint pledge to accelerate cleanup of Great Lakes hot spots The Ontario and federal governments say they hope to clean up four of the 15 most polluted sites on the Canadian side of the Great Lakes by 2010. Under a proposed agreement between the two governments, details of which were published in the Canada Gazette on Saturday, Ontario and Ottawa say they intend to remediate Jackfish Bay and Nipigon Bay in Lake Superior, along with Wheatley Harbour on Lake Erie and the St. Lawrence River near Cornwall -- sites that have been polluted by decades of abuses, such as the dumping of industrial waste, poorly treated municipal sewage, and agricultural run off. (March, 19 2007) globeandmail.com: National
  • Brooks Joined GM to Unveil Fuel-Cell Vehicle - Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks joined General Motors to unveil the company’s new Chevy Equinox Fuel Cell vehicle. The fuel cell system powering the vehicle is the result of the work of researchers at General Motors’ Honeoye Falls facility. MyMonroe. Opening Up Government. | Monroe County, NY
  • Land purchase protects lake -16-acre plot near Canandaigua's southern tip thwarts development - — A land trust's recent purchase of 16 acres near the south end of Canandaigua Lake is good news for those worried that development is displacing nature. The Finger Lakes Land Trust's purchase has significance that goes beyond the 16 acres because the land had been slated for development and borders the state's High Tor Fish and Wildlife Management Area, 6,100 acres of wooded terrain and marshlands. (March 19, 2007) Democrat & Chronicle
  • Wind Proposal Meets Opposition - Wind farms continue to rise across New York to meet the state's need for alternative energy sources. But the first proposed for Monroe County is running up against opposition where there's talk of a moratorium on wind farm development. An area off Redman and Moscow Roads is where a wind farm is proposed for the town of Hamlin. Up to 50 towers nearly 200 feet tall are the first proposed wind turbines for Monroe County. (March 12, 07) http://www.rnews.com/
  • Birdcam has new handlers - Area Audubon Society will take over falcon-watching Web site — Kaver and Mariah, the peregrine falcons made famous by Eastman Kodak Co.'s birdcam, are back. But to watch them, falcon enthusiasts will now have to go to a different Web site. After nearly a decade of hosting a popular falcon-watching Web site, Kodak has turned over the job to the Genesee Valley Audubon Society. The new site, www.rfalconcam.com , went live late Friday afternoon and the local Audubon chapter plans to announce the news Monday. (March 18, 2007) Democrat & Chronicle
  • Phthalates Linked to Fat, Low Testosterone in Men - ROCHESTER, New York, March 15, 2007 (ENS) - Exposure to phthalates, chemicals found in everything from plastics to soaps, has for the first time been linked to abdominal obesity and insulin resistance in adult males, according to a study by the University of Rochester Medical Center. The phthalate family of chemicals is used in cosmetics, shampoos, soaps, lotions, lubricants, paint, pesticides, and plastics. Phthalates soften plastic tubing and are also used in the coating of some timed-release medicines. --Environment News Service (ENS)
  • Niagara Gazette--POWER: NYPA granted new federal license for Niagara Power Project -Funds, low-cost power will flow in September -Federal regulators issued a decision Thursday that unlocks plans for a half-billion dollars in recreational and environmental improvements in Niagara County over the next 50 years. (March 16, 2007) Niagara Gazette - Homepage
  • FERC approves new license for Niagara Power plant - The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Thursday approved a new 50-year license for the Niagara Power Project. This is the final federal step in moving the funding secured in a settlement agreement between Buffalo and Erie County and the New York Power Authority, which operates the Niagara Plant. (March 16, 2007) New York State News on the Net!
  • New York State Health Department Releases Ventilator Allocation Guidelines for Comment - Proposed Hospital Policy Would Take Effect during a Severe Influenza Pandemic ALBANY - March 16, 2007 - The New York State Health Department today released for public comment guidelines for rationing mechanical ventilators during a severe influenza pandemic. The proposed hospital policy was developed following extensive deliberation by a panel of experts convened by the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law. "Although New York State continues to purchase and stockpile ventilators as part of our pandemic preparedness, we know that if a severe pandemic occurs, shortages are inevitable," Acting New York State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D. said. "We must plan ahead to ensure that decisions to triage ventilators will be fair, and will benefit as many patients as possible." --from New York State Department of Health
  • DEVELOPMENT: The deer dilemma at the Seneca Army Depot - News & Opinion - Rochester City Newspaper White deer were spotted in the Depot during World War II. The commanding officer sent down word that they were to be protected. If anyone shot a white deer, they would be re-assigned to Greenland. These were not albino deer, but deer resulting from a manifestation of the recessive gene for white coloration --- apparently carried by one or more of the brown deer originally confined. Over time, the white deer increased in number. Being fenced in forced them to interbreed and remain on the Depot grounds. (March 14, 07) Rochester City Newspaper
  • House plan targets release of waste into Great Lakes Washington - The House approved a proposal Friday that would require study of wastewater treatment plants that discharge into the Great Lakes. The measure, introduced by Rep. Bart Stupak, Democrat of Michigan, was included in a larger bill on paying for wastewater and sewage treatment programs to encourage cooperation between the United States and Canada on monitoring water quality. (March 14, 07) cleveland.com: Everything Cleveland
  • Plan for wind farm stirs debate -Developers are in earliest stages in Hamlin - As developers gather data to see whether Hamlin really is a good place for a wind farm, the town joins others scrambling to write laws governing where the turbines can go. Without such laws, towns have little power to regulate their placement. (March 12, 07) Democrat & Chronicle
  • Coyotes too close - News - MSNBC.com Just a day after News 10NBC aired the amazing video of a coyote caught at a shopping plaza in Macedon, the Department of Environmental Conservation tells us we could see more of that in the future. (March 9, 2007) Rochester, NY news from WHEC-TV - MSNBC.com
  • Genome sequencing aids ethanol production ROCHESTER, N.Y., March 8 U.S. scientists have discovered how biomass genes are turned on in a microorganism that produces ethanol from materials such as grass and cornstalks. University of Rochester researchers say their discovery might mean waste products such as grass clippings and wood chips --once thought too difficult to turn into ethanol -- could be fodder for hungry, gene-tweaked bacteria. (March 8, 07) The Earth Times Online Newspaper, Serving the Planet
  • MPNnow.com: The 'greening' of Brighton How one town and one of its residents are taking part in environmental preservation. BRIGHTON – Brighton Town Supervisor Sandra Frankel wants to engage the community in a discussion on global warming and the steps residents can take to lessen its effects.  (March 5, 2007) Messenger Post Newspapers
  • Mayor Robert J. Duffy today announced a host of activities offered for youth at City Recreation Centers, along with other opportunities open to the public, to celebrate Earth Day, Sun., Apr. 22, 2007.
    • EARTH DAY POSTER CONTEST Entry Deadline: Mar. 28 at any City of Rochester recreation center Theme: "What Earth Day Means to Me" Youth invited to create a 12 x 18 poster and enter by age group (6-11 and 12-15). Posters will be displayed at local Recreation/Community Centers. Prizes will be awarded.
    • SCOUT SWEEP 9 a.m.-12 noon, Sat., Apr. 21 -Area scouts and other volunteers will pitch in to clean the entire length of the Genesee Riverway Trail from Turning Point Park to Genesee Valley Park. Scout troops may contact Otetiana Council at 244-4210.
    • CITY OF ROCHESTER EARTH DAY CELEBRATION AND CLEANUP -9:30-11:30 a.m., Sat., Apr. 21 Maplewood Park, Lake Ave. & Driving Park Ave. Durand Eastman Beach and Park, Lakeshore Blvd. Volunteers will gather to clear Maplewood Park and trails and help to clean winter debris from Durand-Eastman Beach and Park. Meet at Lake Ave. and Driving Park Ave. parking lot or parking lot A on Lakeshore Blvd. Supplies will be provided or bring your own loppers, folding saws, hand pruners and rakes. No preregistration required.
    • "CACHE IN, TRASH OUT" Earth Day Activity for Youth (ages 10-15) 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (Picnic at Noon), Sat., Apr. 21 Turning Point Park and Nature Area, 370 Boxart St.( off Lake Ave.) in Charlotte. To participate, register by April 5 at any City Recreation Center. Scavenger hunt that includes walks, games and demonstrations aimed at educating families about the natural environment. Each team also responsible for removing a trash bag of debris. Teams of youth and adult leaders from each recreation center will use global positioning systems to navigate through Turning Point Park located along the Genesee River. Parents welcome.
    • FREE ENVIRONMENTAL CLASSES FOR YOUTH Month of April Contact your nearest City Recreation Center for details and registration. Outdoor activities for ages 6-18. Earth Day activities are a part of the City's Flower City Looking Good Program for Gardeners and Environmentalists, sponsored by the City with corporate support from Preferred Care, the Democrat and Chronicle and Wegmans. For information about the City's Earth Day activities call Stacey Estrich at 428-6770, or visit www.cityofrochester.gov .
     
  • Wanted: volunteers for flu exercise — Monroe County is looking for up to 500 volunteers for a pandemic flu exercise in which the county will practice trying to give out vaccine or medication to a large number of people in a short amount of time.Volunteers will assemble at the Dome Arena in Henrietta March 27 and either pose as a patient, or be recruited to help county workers deliver the simulated shots.  (March 5, 2007) Democrat & Chronicle
  • Eastman Kodak reduces methylene chloride emissions Kodak is the world's foremost imaging innovator, providing leading products and services to healthcare and the photographic and graphic communications markets. With annual sales of more than $14 billion, the company is committed to a digitally oriented growth strategy focused on helping people better use meaningful images and information in their life and work. Consumers use Kodak's system of digital and traditional image capture products and services to take, print and share their pictures anytime, anywhere. Businesses effectively communicate with customers worldwide using Kodak solutions for prepress, conventional, and digital printing and document imaging. Creative Professionals rely on Kodak technology to uniquely tell their story through moving or still images. (March 6, 07) Reliable Plant RSS
  • ONTARIO FISHING IMPERILED BY NEW VIRUS - The fishing industry in Upstate New York is in serious jeopardy because of a newly discovered virus that has made its way into the water systems. The size and scope of the Lake Ontario fishing industry is largely undetermined, but it is thought to be a multi-million dollar industry. “We can put a $170,000 figure on one processing plant, but the bait fish industry in New York State is huge,” said Dave MacNeill, fishery expert for New York State Sea Grant. (March 06, 07) The Palladium Times Online

 

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 Updates in RochesterEnvironment.com for March 2007:

  • 03/31/07 - Pandemic Flu Preparedness: This is a great story about our community’s leadership and commitment to addressing one of the biggest environmental health problems we face—a pandemic flu. There are speculations all over the world about the probability that our planet will face another pandemic like the Spanish Flu that killed between 50 and 100 million people in 1918-19. This makes the pandemic flu more dangerous to our species than the Black Plague because, though the Black Plague killer a larger percentage of the population back in the 1300’s, in pure numbers a pandemic flu may have killed more individuals. Some think another pandemic likely, some less. But in matters like these, even a small likelihood of a pandemic flu requires that we act responsibly and ready ourselves for such a quick-moving and devastating disease. It’s important to remember that unlike other forms of the flu, a pandemic flu will not simply strike at the young and old and those with compromised immune systems—it will strike everyone. So, preparedness is key and that one of our universities in Rochester is being signaled out to establish a research center on this critical issues show what an advanced and environmentally community we are. URMC receives money for new bird flu research center - News - MSNBC.com The medical center has been awarded tens of millions of dollars to establish a new bird flu research center. The National Institutes of Health hopes to lower the yearly death toll from seasonal flu and to make future influenza pandemics less deadly.  (March 31, 07) Rochester, NY news from WHEC-TV - MSNBC.com
  • 03/30/07 - It is spring and time to get cleaned up. There is a story online (State Senator Wants Plastic Bag Ban - 13WHAM.com) that could have a profound effect on the litter problem all communities experience year spring after the snow melts and maybe the bill will be passed. Also, there’s a chance that the Bigger Better Bottle Bill might be passed this year if enough people contact their representatives. And, this bill would really help the litter problem because if would encourage the public to recycle more kinds of bottles, check it out. < http://www.nypirg.org/enviro/bottlebill/>  The mayor of Rochester does a city-wide spring and autumn clean-up Called Clean Sweep < http://www.cityofrochester.gov/index.cfm?id=746  >which has been very popular and seems like a good model for all communities. Probably all communities have an ordinance about litter, though I doubt they do any good. The kind of ordinance where individual owners and business are made responsible for the little surrounding their properties is going to be a long-time coming because it smacks up against private property concerns. People are just very reluctant to create more laws that restrict private and business property. The best way to get spring litter cleaned up is to get your neighborhood together for a few hours on a Saturday morning and collect it. People love it, if it is organize well. The most important aspect is getting your town hall or someone to immediately pick up the trash the citizens collect. You’ll find that businesses are willing to provide material (water, chicken wings, and plastic bags) free and help out with the publicity. All a trash pickup program needs is someone, or a community group, to organize and put the project together each year. You might suggest it to your community leaders. But, more laws or enforcing little laws aren’t going to stop the wide-spread litter problems we have.
  • 03/30/07 - **ESSAYS** I am in favor of “State Senator Jim Alesi (R-Perinton) is drafting a bill that would make drug and grocery stores cut their non-biodegradable plastic bag use in half by the end of 2010 and stop using them altogether by the end of 2012.” But, I also think Wegmans has a good argument—customers reusing canvas sacks. Reusing sacks, where customers would bring back their bags each time they shop and reuse the same bag, would go far in eliminating the majority of debris surrounding our city. Plastic bags are an eyesore that gets blown into our trees, the ground, along our trails, on yards, on power lines, you-name-it. But, the best solution, reusable shopping bags is gong to take a change of habit for American shoppers and that will probably take a major publicity campaign. Mostly, we want our cake and eat it too. We want to have our way of life and keep our environment friendly also, but sometimes you just have to change your habits in order to do that. I think the shopping bag argument, which environmentalists have been chewing over for years, is unsolvable if we want a product, even a biodegradable one that has to be produced in the billions and then thrown away. A reusable shopping bag, is the best solution, though in the beginning not the most convenient. Read: State Senator Wants Plastic Bag Ban - 13WHAM.com Paper or plastic? Soon, you may not get a choice. State Senator Jim Alesi (R-Perinton) is drafting a bill that would make drug and grocery stores cut their non-biodegradable plastic bag use in half by the end of 2010 and stop using them altogether by the end of 2012.  - (March 30, 2007) Home - 13WHAM.com
  • 03/29/07 -  Change your media: I would mention and capitalize on the New York State’s Heath Department’s message about Turning Off the TV Week message by stating that American needs to move away from the TV media and explore other ways to get information, especially environmental information. There are many ways to get environmental information that is not clouded and made murky by the corporate media—the Internet, podcasts, and some radio programs. State Health Announces First Statewide TV-Turnoff Week "The goal of the TV-Turnoff Week is to bring home the message to children and families throughout New York that less screen time and more physical activity will lead to a healthier lifestyle," says Dr. Daines. ALBANY, NY, March 28, 2007 - State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D. today announced in conjunction with The Center for SCREEN-TIME Awareness, that the first statewide TV-Turnoff Week in New York will be held from April 23rd through 28th to coincide with the National TV-Turnoff Week. --from New York State Department of Health
  • 03/29/07 - I am glad to see that the Democrat and Chronicle is finally on this story. It’s been news around the country for awhile now, but even though New York State and Rochester depend heavily on pollinating bees our major media has been slow on this story. This is the kind of story our local major media needs to be out in front on because a potential problem with pollinating bees could have a major impact on our agricultural economy, but more importantly it might be a harbinger of environmental problems. In order for the public to contact their public officials so aid can be brought for important studies on why Bee Colony Collapse Syndrome is occurring we need preemptive reporting by our media long before the consequences of this type of problem gets in the headlines. The sooner the media gets on these stories, the sooner the public and our public officials can monitor and support measures to solve these kind of environmental problems before they become unsolvable. The article above is good as far as it goes, but what measures are underway to conduct a comprehensive scientific inquiry into this bee disease? What will our public officials do to solve the problem? What kinds of potential causes (pesticides, invasive species, pollution, etc.) are behind this problem and what measures will be taken to solve this kind of problem? I hope our major media stays on this story, coordinates with other news media in other communities (which have long been reporting on this problem) and keeps the public informed on the specific solutions being tried and what the overall (connecting the dots) message is about Colony Collapse Syndrome. -- A honey of a mystery stings area - Hamlin farmer to testify in Congress today about puzzling loss of bees. In his four decades of beekeeping, Jim Doan has never seen anything like it. He'll check on a hive and the bees will be gone. Like other beekeepers across the country, this Hamlin man is witnessing a mysterious phenomenon. Bees are vanishing from hives without a trace. (March 29, 2007) Democrat & Chronicle
  • 03/22/07 -Interested in the preservation of the Canadice/Hemlock Lakes pristine area? Here’s a site to join with others in discussing this issue: Save Canadice and Hemlock Lakes | Google Groups
  • 03/23/07 -- I cannot stress the importance of our local media getting the news out about this story and finding out exactly what is going on. The Collapsing Colony Disease portends a grave agricultural problem if the answer is not found. I would suggest that you contact your public officials and make sure scientific studies have sufficient monies to ferret out this problem.  MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARING BEES Brownish-orange bumps on the backs of these bees are Varroa jacobsoni mites, a possible cause of CCD. (Photo courtesy of the USDA) Millions of honeybees across the country are dying mysteriously. Entire hives or colonies of bees are collapsing. Scientists say it's some new threat. They're scrambling to find answers. As Bob Allen reports, bees are crucial in pollinating billions of dollars worth of crops every spring: (March 26) The Environment Report
  • 03/23/07 -- **ESSAYS** - Environmental News, Wouldn’t It Be Nice? Wouldn’t it be nice if Rochester, like some other cities in the US had a separate section in their newspaper, or other media, for just Environmental News? The Toledo Blade has a section totally devoted to environmental stories and keeps them listed online for a long time. Doesn’t seem like a tall order, usually one good reporter devoted exclusively to an entire community’s environmental health would do.
  • 03/22/07 -- **ESSAYS** - Environmentalists as Chicken Little - Remember when the Zebra Mussel problem in our area was just a twinkling in the eyes of the environmental Chicken Littles'? Well, now as you know, the Zebra Mussel problem is everywhere around us and has changed the water climate of all our surrounding Finger Lakes and Great Lakes. Zebra Mussels, though there was back in the 1980’s a concerted effort to halt the progress (infestation is a better word), is now a part of the ecology of all our local lakes.
  • 03/22/07 -- Did you know that today is World Water Day? As Water Quality is one of the gravest concerns of this century, check out World Water Day - 22nd March 2007 " The international observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. The United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March of each year as the World Day for Water by adopting a resolution.This world day for water was to be observed starting in 1993, in conformity with the recommendations of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development contained in chapter 18 (Fresh Water Resources) of Agenda 21. States were invited to devote the Day to implement the UN recommendations and set up concrete activities as deemed appropriate in the national context. "
  • 03/20 /07 - Even if you are an environmental expert, you cannot know all the terms and their exact definitions and implication of every environmental vocabulary word. But, you can go to this great site and find out quickly: * Environment --by MiMi.hu What is what? Everything you always wanted to know
  • 03/20 /07 - Air quality is an important environmental issue around Rochester and all communities. Recently, knowledge about the burning of wood and outdoor furnaces has raised alarms as more use these sources for heat as the issue of global climate change heats up. What is the position of the US EPA on this:  Clean Burning Woodstoves & Fireplaces : EPA A woodstove or fireplace adds warmth and ambiance to your home. This site offers information to help you choose an EPA certified stove (PDF, 67 pp, 1142 KB) or another cleaner burning hearth appliance (e.g., gas or pellet stove) and use it efficiently and safely. Air quality program officials will find information to help them support and develop programs for addressing residential wood smoke.
  • 03/20/07 - In Environmental Health, a resources for helping children: The Children's Environmental Health Network is a national multi-disciplinary organization whose mission is to protect the fetus and the child from environmental health hazards and promote a healthy environment.
  • 03/20/07 - More and more Resources for our environment: New York Association of Conservation Districts Incorporated in 1958, the New York Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. (NYACD) provides education and information on conservation, orderly development and wise use of the state's natural resources. The Association, a non-governmental, non-partisan, volunteer organization, represents the county Soil and Water Conservation Districts. NYACD implements programs that encourage proactive, cooperative alliances with others to promote environmental stewardship and sustainability. Consistent with our dedication to natural resource management, NYACD provides advocacy and rep-resentation of our members at the state, regional and national levels.
  • 03/17/07 - On Wind Farms in New York State. Check out this opinion on placing Wind Farms by former City Newspaper reporter Jack Bradigan Spula in "Wind mills - outstanding in their field, maybe not so good in yours"  Also, join in the discussion on Jack’s blog. The Rochester DISSIDENT: news, views, and poems from JACK BRADIGAN SPULA
  • 03/17/07 - Just how healthy (including environmentally healthy) is New York State? Health in New York by Trust for America's Health
  • 03/16/07 -  Looking to eat well and sustainably in Rochester? check out Rochester Roots Rochester Roots is creating a locally sustainable food system that ensures community food security.
  • 03/11/07 - What are you doing for Earth Day? Earth Day 2007| World Wildlife Fund| Time for Change
  • 03/11/07 - This article Coyotes too close - News - MSNBC.com is representative of a badly constructed article by the major media in our area about environmental issues in the Rochester area.  Foremost, it assumes that coyotes are bad, which only continues the irrational discussion (and thus policy) on the role of the coyote in our area.  No other North American animal has more misinformation perpetuated about it than the Eastern Coyote. Just the sight of a coyote gives most people an adrenalin rush that makes them think they have to 'do something' about the presence of this animal. 
    • There is no mention in this article of efforts by many groups who are trying to educate the public on the larger role of these top predators in our area’s environment (now that we’ve killed off the wolf, the puma, and most of the bears). This article only increases the mindless hostility towards any animal that annoys some people and helps foster regional animal killings like the yearly coyote killing contest in Honeoye and the Auburn crow kills. 

    • The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation itself admits that it needs to investigate the role that the Eastern Coyote now plays in an area without other major predators.  But that is going to be difficult if a thoughtful inquiry is set against a background of prejudice, misinformation, and hideous retaliations for differing views on the worth of another creature.

    • Here are some things that we have learned about the Easter Coyotes from the experts.

    • 1.      They do not carry or transmit rabies

    • 2.      They do not attack humans.

    • 3.      They do not affect the deer populations, because they do not hunt in packs and because of their size they are incapable of bringing down a healthy adult deer. 

    • Wouldn’t it be more helpful if this article suggested that the Department of Environmental Conservation actually did a study of the Eastern Coyote in New York State?  This would allow the public to make an informed decision about the best policy towards these animals, which are obviously filling a top predator niche that has been vacated by other animals we have slaughtered?  This is vital because we do not need any more animal killing contests, which are revolting and actually (because of coyote behavior) stimulate coyote populations to increase.  We need to know exactly how coyotes are affecting other animals (and thus plants) populations in New York State because they are now one of our top predators, which play a vital role in determining the wholesale scope of our local ecology. 

    •  I’ve recently learned from an expert that there is a symbiotic relationship developing between our area’s coyotes and vultures, where coyotes notice the vultures circling overhead, and chomp up the dead bones so the vultures, which have not the strength, can digest bone fragments. This interesting development and others are the kinds of information we might learn if our media and our official environmental bodies adopted investigations, instead of allowing public hysteria to reign and killing contests to prevail.

    • To learn more about what experts have already learned about coyotes and what more could be gained from serious study of the Eastern Coyote, please check out these web sites:    

    • 1.      Living With the Wiley Coyote - E-Files - Sierra Club The Navajo call the coyote "God's dog" and, in some ways, this member of the dog family does seem to enjoy divine benefaction. While virtually every other North American predator has seen its numbers decline, the coyote has managed to increase both its range and numbers during the past century -- despite a long history of trapping, poisoning, and hunting by humans. <http://www.sierraclub.org/e-files/coyote.asp>

    • 2.      The Coyote in New York State - From the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry... The coyote has been present in New York state for about 85 years. As with its western cousin, the eastern coyote has been the object of much controversy as well as curiosity. <http://www.esf.edu/pubprog/brochure/coyote/coyote.htm>

    • 3.      The Coyote in New York The Eastern Coyote - at a glance Description: The Eastern coyote looks like a medium-sized German shepherd dog, with long thick fur. The tail is full and bushy, usually carried pointing down. Ears are erect and pointed. Length:4 to 5 feet (including tail) Weight: 35 to 45 pounds (males usually larger than females.) Color:Variable, from blonde or reddish blonde to dark tan washed with black. Legs, ears and cheeks usually reddish. <http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr/wildlife/coyinny.htm>

    • 4.      Fox Wood Wildlife Rescue, Inc --- Fox Wood Wildlife Rescue is a Wildlife Rehabilitation facility, Education Center and Sanctuary located in East Concord, NY. <http://www.foxwoodrehab.com/>

    • 5.      The Humane Society of the United States The human-animal bond is as old as human history. We cherish our animal companions for their unconditional affection and acceptance. We feel a thrill when we glimpse wild creatures in their natural habitat or in our own backyard. Unfortunately, the human-animal bond has at times been weakened. Humans have exploited some animal species to the point of extinction. <http://www.foxwoodrehab.com/>

  • 03/11/07 -- What disease are occurring in NYS are where exactly are they occurring? County Health Assessment Indicators (CHAI) The New York State County Health Assessment Indicator (CHAI) Reports consist of a series of tables presenting selected public health indicators by 14 health topic areas. Each topic contains an "ABOUT" section defining the listed indicators, describing the source of data and identifying a contact person. These public health indicators and presentation format were developed with input from state and local health department representatives.
  • 03/11/07 - Where are those Brownfields? Where You Live | Brownfields Cleanup and Redevelopment | US EPA EPA’s Brownfields Program works in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Through its 10 Regional offices across the country, EPA makes brownfields information, assistance, and grant funding available regardless of location. EPA's Envirofacts database provides up-to-date brownfields data and EPA's EnviroMapper application visually indicates where all brownfields in the Program are located.
  • 03/06/07 - There cannot be enough said about the brilliance and importance of Mayor Duffy’s program this April to get our youth focused on their future environment. The youth of today is going to live in a different world from the one we live in now, a world that has been highly influenced by man-made climate change and many other environmental issues. So, getting our children’s attention focused as early as possible on what is going on in our environment and how best to stay environmental friendly is one of the best things we as adults can do. Mayor Duffy is right on. Check out these programs for Rochester-area youth this April and Earth Day:
    • EARTH DAY POSTER CONTEST Entry Deadline: Mar. 28 at any City of Rochester recreation center Theme: "What Earth Day Means to Me" Youth invited to create a 12 x 18 poster and enter by age group (6-11 and 12-15). Posters will be displayed at local Recreation/Community Centers. Prizes will be awarded.
    • SCOUT SWEEP 9 a.m.-12 noon, Sat., Apr. 21 -Area scouts and other volunteers will pitch in to clean the entire length of the Genesee Riverway Trail from Turning Point Park to Genesee Valley Park. Scout troops may contact Otetiana Council at 244-4210.
    • CITY OF ROCHESTER EARTH DAY CELEBRATION AND CLEANUP -9:30-11:30 a.m., Sat., Apr. 21 Maplewood Park, Lake Ave. & Driving Park Ave. Durand Eastman Beach and Park, Lakeshore Blvd. Volunteers will gather to clear Maplewood Park and trails and help to clean winter debris from Durand-Eastman Beach and Park. Meet at Lake Ave. and Driving Park Ave. parking lot or parking lot A on Lakeshore Blvd. Supplies will be provided or bring your own loppers, folding saws, hand pruners and rakes. No preregistration required.
    • "CACHE IN, TRASH OUT" Earth Day Activity for Youth (ages 10-15) 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (Picnic at Noon), Sat., Apr. 21 Turning Point Park and Nature Area, 370 Boxart St.( off Lake Ave.) in Charlotte. To participate, register by April 5 at any City Recreation Center. Scavenger hunt that includes walks, games and demonstrations aimed at educating families about the natural environment. Each team also responsible for removing a trash bag of debris. Teams of youth and adult leaders from each recreation center will use global positioning systems to navigate through Turning Point Park located along the Genesee River. Parents welcome.
    • FREE ENVIRONMENTAL CLASSES FOR YOUTH Month of April Contact your nearest City Recreation Center for details and registration. Outdoor activities for ages 6-18. Earth Day activities are a part of the City's Flower City Looking Good Program for Gardeners and Environmentalists, sponsored by the City with corporate support from Preferred Care, the Democrat and Chronicle and Wegmans. For information about the City's Earth Day activities call Stacey Estrich at 428-6770, or visit www.cityofrochester.gov .
  • 03/06/07 - From the EPA : "EPA's Human Health Research Program launched a new Web site on the latest information on its research to protect public health. The program's science looks at such questions as why some people are more sensitive to pollution and how exposure to chemicals affects people's health. The site is designed for the general public as well as for the scientific community. "The best decisions are informed decisions," said George Gray, assistant administrator for the Office of Research and Development. "The site provides easy access to research and results on methods, tools, and data needed to improve risk assessments to protect the public." Visitors to the site will find an overview of the research, information on how research has contributed to decision making, resource materials available in journal publications and reports, and a listing of meetings and conferences. New human health research Web site: http://www.epa.gov/hhrp
  • 03/05/07 -- If you are concerned (and you should be because a major Pandemic Flu will be in your face and you will have to be ready for it) about the next possible Pandemic Flu outbreak, get all the facts by reading this book online: Bird Flu: A virus of our own Hatching - "The book is a zinger..." —From leading flu scientist Dr. John Oxford's review in Nature "A brilliant and captivating book, meticulously researched, beautifully and engagingly written with wit and grace, and argued with relentless logic. In addition to providing practical take-home tips for protecting oneself from the flu, the author elegantly demonstrates that the evolution of the devastating influenza virus, as well as that of numerous other zoonotic pathogens, stems directly from the proliferation of confinement agricultural systems. Every person concerned about human and animal health and welfare, self-preservation, and justice should read this book."—Bernard Rollin, PhD, Colorado State University Distinguished Professor
  • 03/05/07 -- Wind Power is going to be an important renewable energy source for New York State. Check out this local site in Hamlin, NY dedicated to explain Wind Power in their area: Town of Hamlin/Wind Towers: This page is dedicated to news and information regarding the possible development of large-scale wind-energy generation systems in the Town of Hamlin
  • 03/04/07 -- Get an idea of present and planned wind power project for New York State atNew York State Wind Energy Projects
  • 03/04/07 -- Interested in one of the largest and most important wind farm projects going up in our vicinity? Check out this site where you can discuss New York's First Urban Wind Farm, the wind turbines going up at the old Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna called “Steel Winds”. buffalo rising :: city: The Winds of Change: New York's First Urban Wind Farm  --from Buffalo Rising - –> News, Real Estate, Restaurants, Arts, Events, Concerts, Sports > Buffalo, NY  Also here: BuffaloPundit » Blog Archive » Wind Energy
  • 03/04/07 -- Because this fish disease is getting so much news lately, it’s important that those who care about the Great Lakes and fishing should get the official information from the New York State Department of Conservation about Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) in New York:  NYSDEC: Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) in New York "What is VHS? Viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS) virus is a serious pathogen of fresh and saltwater fish that is causing an emerging disease in the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada. VHS virus is a rhabdovirus (rod shaped virus) that affects fish of all size and age ranges. It does not pose any threat to human health. VHS can cause hemorrhaging of fish tissue, including internal organs, and can cause the death of infected fish. Once a fish is infected with VHS, there is no known cure. Not all infected fish develop the disease, but they can carry and spread the disease to other fish. VHS has been blamed for fish kills in Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair (MI), Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River and Conesus Lake (Western NY). The World Organization of Animal Health has categorized VHS as a transmissible disease with the potential for profound socio-economic consequences. Because of this, they list VHS as a disease that should be reported to the international community as an exceptional epidemiological (study of diseases in large populations) occurrence."

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Events of the month:  Each Month I will post all up and coming environmental events until they are over.  Be sure to check the list often as events come and go and I only post this newsletter once a month. 

Events for April 2007 and beyond:    

Wind Events Many Dates and locations Wind Power Events and Events Around NYS. --from New York Wind Power Education Project. "To: NYS community, civic, and community organizations — There are many opportunities to learn about and discuss wind power in the next several weeks. Please consider attending these events and publicizing them to your membership. Also: The various regional planning councils in New York State have launched a program to help municipalities address wind power development. This effort, coordinated by the Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council, is described at: http://www.gflrpc.org/AboutTheCouncil/Newsletter/fall06.pdf -- About The NY Wind Power Education Project The NY Wind Power Education Project is a collaborative effort of the Pace Law School Energy Project, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, and NYPIRG to increase the public's understanding of wind power issues, including its environmental benefits, in the belief that a better informed public can participate more meaningfully in the environmental review process and other public discussions surrounding proposed wind facilities. Twice per month, the NY Wind Power Education Project will distribute this email bulletin on wind energy issues and events around New York State. If you would like to forward announcements for possible inclusion in the WPEP Bulletins, simply email Anne Reynolds, areynolds@law.pace.edu . (The same address should be used if you wish to be added or removed from the list.)  
The classes will be held at the DeWitt Middle School 560 Warren Road, Ithaca, on the second Tuesdays of the month from 3:45 pm to 7:00 pm. Free Energy Education workshops for area schoolteachers -Please Share This With All Your Teacher Friends: NYSERDA has arranged for a series of four FREE hands-on, after-school workshops on energy to be offered locally this winter to K-12 teachers in all subject areas. The workshops will be taught by area teachers trained by National Energy Education Development (NEED) through the New York Energy $mart Students Program. The classes will be held at the DeWitt Middle School 560 Warren Road, Ithaca, on the second Tuesdays of the month from 3:45 pm to 7:00 pm. Refreshments provided and free materials and curriculum kits. Pre-registration is required. For workshop details and registration, go to www.GetEnergySmart.org  and click on Energy Education. Questions? Contact nyworkshops@need.org  or 1-800-658-5753.  
Month of April FREE ENVIRONMENTAL CLASSES FOR YOUTH Month of April Contact your nearest City Recreation Center for details and registration. Outdoor activities for ages 6-18. Earth Day activities are a part of the City's Flower City Looking Good Program for Gardeners and Environmentalists, sponsored by the City with corporate support from Preferred Care, the Democrat and Chronicle and Wegmans. For information about the City's Earth Day activities call Stacey Estrich at 428-6770, or visit www.cityofrochester.gov . Contact your nearest City Recreation Center for details and registration. For information about the City's Earth Day activities call Stacey Estrich at 428-6770, or visit www.cityofrochester.gov
April 4--

7 p.m. on

Community forum on the environment. The documentary An Inconvenient Truth will be shown, and there will be a panel discussion with academic experts. When: 7 p.m. on April 4. Where: Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Ave.  -from Brighton gets down to earth - Town schedules discussion on environment, Gore documentary (Feb 26, 2007) Democrat & Chronicle Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Ave.
April 4, Wed., 7:00-8:30 p.m Spring Fling: Native Plants for Beauty and More Wed., April 4, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Cooperative Extension Tompkins County, 615 Willow Ave. Ithaca -Ephemeral bloodroot, dark purple asters, delicate maidenhair ferns and the vibrant fall leaves of chokeberry only give hints as the diversity and beauty of native plants. Dan Segal of the Plantsmen Nursery in Lansing will share the many benefits of incorporating native plants into the home landscape. Learn how to attract birds and butterflies, find the right plants for a rain garden and bring color to your garden. Free thanks to support from The Plantsmen. Co-sponsored by the Watershed Network and Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County. Registration required --from Cayuga Lake Watershed Network: News and Events, Events Cooperative Extension Tompkins County, 615 Willow Ave. Ithaca
April 9 ,

 7 PM

 

Sierra Club Book Study Group  

 We will be discussing the second half of Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, by Michael Pollan at our April 9 meeting. More details about this book, meeting place, and future readings are available on our website, by leaving a message for David on our voice mail, or by joining the Study Group email list at http://lists.restory.net/listinfo.cgi/sierrastudygroup-restory.net . This event is free and open to the public.        

The Friends Meeting House is bit south of the intersection of 84 Scio and E. Main St. The entrance is on Charlotte St., around the corner from Scio. Parking is OK on the street there at night. The East End parking garage, right across Scio, is free at night.
April 13 to April 15, 2007 Bird Of Prey Days (from Braddock Bay Raptor Research ) April 13 to April 15, 2007 [Return to News Front Page] March/16/2007 - BBRR Events By: gracewski BIRD OF PREY DAYS begins at 7 PM Friday April 13 with a Live Bird of Prey Program featuring Ron Walker and his Friends with Feathers. Check the Calendar for a list of other activities, including live bird presentations, owl prowls, and hawk banding demonstrators. Every spring thousands of hawks, eagles, falcons, and owls migrate through Braddock Bay on their way north to their breeding grounds. This is one of nature’s most phenomenal sights, and it’s right in your backyard! Come to Braddock Bay Park to see for yourself, and help celebrate the migration season! Get all the info from their Flyer  Get all the info from their Flyer --requires
   
April 13th and 14th

 

 

Pathways to a Sustainable World  -Conference on Sustainability -April 13, 14 University of Rochester -"Sustainability is the dynamic midpoint in the perpetual cycle of destruction and restoration. It means satisfying human needs without diminishing the chances of future generations. It means sustaining the web of life on which all life depends." Bioneers Year Book, 2005. This conference will bring the greater Rochester community together to explore critical issues in creating a truly sustainable world. Communication and education are essential to understand the challenges we face to create the world we want. The conference will highlight inspiring talks by innovators proposing solutions across a wide range of areas, including ecology, economics, social policy, arts, science and education. It specifically aims to support positive change at the local and regional level, strengthening community and encouraging local economies. It will be a forum for discussion and interaction in which we will share our knowledge and skills, and be inspired and motivated towards creating a genuinely sustainable world. Judith Hook, hook@mail.rochester.edu  , 585-330-4410 or James Allen james@cs.rochester.edu  , 850-292-8370 Location and Transportation

Registration will be in Hutchinson Hall, an easy walk from the intersection of Trustee Rd and Intercampus Dr. on the University of Rochester River Campus (follow the signs)[directions to registration] The rooms for workshops and events will be assigned close to the time of the conference. Go to registration to get your badge and we'll have the information there [Map of campus] Attendants are encouraged to bus, bike, walk, or carpool to the conference whenever possible.

 

April 14th,

 from 2 to 4 PM

**ACTION**  A Rochester-area Step it up 2007 Earth Day Event- MARCH TO CALL FOR BOLD ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE - April 14th, from 2 to 4 PM at Twelve Corners in Brighton. - http://www.stepitup2007.org -Step it Up is a campaign to raise awareness and call on Congress to take action to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The technology exists today to make the necessary cuts in emissions, but legislation and funding are necessary to put this technology into practice. Come join us to make the biggest possible statement to Rochester and our local leaders that addressing Climate Change should be a top priority. For more information contact: Keri A. Kaminsky kakaminsky@frontiernet.net  or kakaminsky@yahoo.com

Twelve Corners in Brighton
April 14, 7 pm, From the -- Save America's Mountains Committee of Rochester (c) 734-4866 (w) 454-5550 x.144 - 7pm, April 14, at Corpus Christi Church (80 Prince Street). The program will begin with the Rochester premiere of the one hour, award-winning documentary, Black Diamonds: Mountaintop Removal and the Fight for Coal Field Justice, followed by a talk with Julia Bonds, 2003 winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize.  Corpus Christi Church (80 Prince Street)
April 19th, 6:00pm to 9:30pm

9th_environmental_forum - Rochester Regional Group To Hold Community Forum on Preservation of Hemlock/Canadice Lakes - April 19th, 6:00pm to 9:30pm at the First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Rd South, Rochester. -In an attempt to call attention to the possible loss of 7,200 acres of two rare, semi-wild Finger Lakes, the Rochester Regional Group of Sierra Club will hold their Ninth annual Environmental Forum on the topic “Hemlock/Canadice: the Future of Our ‘Little’ Lakes”. Up to 30 conservation and government groups will have displays and give a chance for networking. The event will attract 100’s of people. The keynote speakers include Andy Beers, the new Executive Deputy Commissioner for NYS Office of Parks and Jim Howe, Executive Director of the Central & Western NY Nature Conservancy. At the time of this publication the City has been invited to address the gathering but has not responded. Since the late 19th century, Rochester has owned and preserved in pristine, natural condition the two beautiful Finger Lakes, using them as a wonderful source for the city’s drinking water. But, now there are clouds of change on the horizon. The City is meeting behind closed doors with the expansion-minded Monroe County Water Authority on a new “water sharing” contract. A critical aspect of these discussions involves whether the City will sell some or all their water holdings to the Authority. Another possibility is commercial sale of the land. One solution to the dilemma facing the cash-strapped city is to seek New York State intervention to preserve these priceless natural treasurers, including preserving the home of the two pairs of nesting bald eagles.
First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Rd South, Rochester.
April 20, 2007 Come join us for the third annual - Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century - Cazenovia College, April 20, 2007 -Noted as one of the primary energy conventions of the year, this FREE Symposium has limited seating so register NOW. - This year's focus will be Energy Sustainable Communities. An excellent group of speakers including Ashok Gupta, Director of Air & Energy for NRDC, Rohit Aggarwala, Director of NYC Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability, Ed Murphy, Executive Director, Workforce Development Institute, Bill Moore, PPM Energy and Horizon, Neil Murphy, President ESF, Ray Cross, President Morrisville College, Matt Driscoll, Mayor of Syracuse, Tim Lattimore, Mayor of Auburn, Mike Arcuri, Congressman, David Valesky, NYS Senator, and other notable speakers will be presenting followed by a panel discussion. Tours will be offered after lunch. Check: www.cazenovia.edu/energy  for details and register now. For further information call Dr. Rhea Jezer: email: rjezer@twcny.rr.com phone: 315-727-0123 "This Symposium is the third in a series that will explore ways to meet an increasing demand for energy while ensuring a sustainable environment for future generations. The Symposium is purely educational in nature. The mission of this Symposium is to present a comprehensive understanding of the possibilities and to gain insights into possible solutions without endorsing any products, technology or positions. Join the academic community, statewide environmental and business community and elected officials on April 20, 2007 at Cazenovia College." Cazenovia College.
Apr. 21 - 9 a.m.-12 noon, Sat., SCOUT SWEEP 9 a.m.-12 noon, Sat., Apr. 21 -Area scouts and other volunteers will pitch in to clean the entire length of the Genesee Riverway Trail from Turning Point Park to Genesee Valley Park. Scout troops may contact Otetiana Council at 244-4210. Scout troops may contact Otetiana Council at 244-4210.
   
Apr. 21--9:30-11:30 a.m., Sat., CITY OF ROCHESTER EARTH DAY CELEBRATION AND CLEANUP -9:30-11:30 a.m., Sat., Apr. 21 Maplewood Park, Lake Ave. & Driving Park Ave. Durand Eastman Beach and Park, Lakeshore Blvd. Volunteers will gather to clear Maplewood Park and trails and help to clean winter debris from Durand-Eastman Beach and Park. Meet at Lake Ave. and Driving Park Ave. parking lot or parking lot A on Lakeshore Blvd. Supplies will be provided or bring your own loppers, folding saws, hand pruners and rakes. No preregistration required. Maplewood Park, Lake Ave. & Driving Park Ave. Durand Eastman Beach and Park, Lakeshore Blvd.
Apr. 21 --9 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. (Picnic at Noon), Sat., "CACHE IN, TRASH OUT" Earth Day Activity for Youth (ages 10-15) 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (Picnic at Noon), Sat., Apr. 21 Turning Point Park and Nature Area, 370 Boxart St.( off Lake Ave.) in Charlotte. To participate, register by April 5 at any City Recreation Center. Scavenger hunt that includes walks, games and demonstrations aimed at educating families about the natural environment. Each team also responsible for removing a trash bag of debris. Teams of youth and adult leaders from each recreation center will use global positioning systems to navigate through Turning Point Park located along the Genesee River. Parents welcome. Turning Point Park and Nature Area, 370 Boxart St.( off Lake Ave.) in Charlotte.
April 22,--Sunday,  2:00-5:00 PM God’s Earth, Our Hands— Faithfully Caring for Creation -An Earth Day Symposium for All People of Faith -  Sunday, April 22, 2:00-5:00 PM Reformation Lutheran Church 111 N. Chestnut St. downtown (free parking in adjoining parking lot) -Registration and displays: 1:30-2:00 PM Interfaith worship: 2:00-2:20 The latest facts and projections on global climate change: 2:20-2:55 Workshops: 3:00-3:50 PM; 4:00-4:50 PM Closing Worship: 4:55-5:00 PM -Workshops will include: • Caring for creation in our houses of worship • Caring for creation in our homes • Caring for creation in our community • Caring for creation through worship (especially for clergy) • Youth caring for creation • Children caring for creation Child care will be available for preschool children -No registration fee. A free-will offering will be received to cover basic expenses. -Reservations appreciated: e-mail godsearthourhands@yahoo.com  with the number of adults, youth and children attending, or call Judy at 381-4508 -Presented by the Greater Rochester Community of Churches and Living in Harmony in God’s World Reformation Lutheran Church 111 N. Chestnut St. downtown (free parking in adjoining parking lot)
April 22,--Sunday  2007, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Irondequoit Bay Earth Day Cleanup -You live on one of the most important watersheds in the world! Did you ever bother to think, “Maybe we should keep it clean?” Who? All Irondequoit Bay residents and earth conscious volunteers are invited to come and help clean up the bay’s shoreline of unwanted garbage. When? Sunday April 22, 2007, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., FREE lunch following, raffle and fun! Where? Meet at Orchard Park Blvd boat launch at Bay Park West (near Sutter’s Marina). Coming from 590S exit at Empire Blvd. turn Left onto Empire Blvd., turn left onto Orchard Park Blvd. and immediately bear right and take to bay. Please RSVP by contacting Harlan Brody by Friday, April 20, at 338-7441 or e-mail at: friendsofirondequoitbay@yahoo.com - All volunteers should wear sturdy boots, long sleeves and pants  - Organized by Friends of Irondequoit Bay in cooperation with Monroe County Parks -Help clean up our most precious resource! Meet at Orchard Park Blvd boat launch at Bay Park West (near Sutter’s Marina). Coming from 590S exit at Empire Blvd. turn Left onto Empire Blvd., turn left onto Orchard Park Blvd. and immediately bear right and take to bay.
  The latest Parks, Recreation and Human Services Calendar Update is available on the City of Rochester's web site. Click on the link below (or copy and paste the link into your browser) to view the document. http://www.cityofrochester.gov/prhs/updates/30JUNE06update.pdf  
May 11--Friday Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council, puts on two Regional Local Government Workshops each year, geared towards local officials, board members and engaged citizens. The upcoming Spring workshop is Friday May 11, at the Burgundy Basin Inn in Pittsford. Tracks include Climate Change in Western New York, Preservation Planning, Planning and Zoning 101, and Stormwater/ Water Resources. For more information or to sign-up, see www.gflrpc.org  
May 12-13, 2007 IMBD SAVE THE DATES - May 12-13, 2007 -5th Annual Festival at Braddock Bay for International Migratory Bird Day -Live Raptor Shows, Expert Talks, Exhibits, Kids' Crafts Mother's Day Nature Walk Information on this year's theme of Climate Change -Information & printable schedule at: http://www.birdcor.org/imbd.htm --from BirdCOR IMBD
every Saturday Current Events with the Land Trust - Land Trust. Nature walks, cruises, birdwatching, luncheons and more go on throughout the year in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region. --from Finger Lakes Land Trust  Get the Summer Talks & Treks 2006 Schedule: (requires .pdf)  
   
  ASES National Solar Tour The American Solar Energy Society's National Solar Tour opens thousands of homes and buildings throughout the country to provide the public with an opportunity to experience solar power, solar heating, cooling, and hot-water, wind power, daylighting, and green building technologies. Visit a tour and learn energy efficiency strategies and methods, speak with homeowners and experts, and learn how the technology works, what it costs, and why it makes sense. These are “Real Places for Real People” that show real solutions for energy independence, places contributing to a sustainable energy economy. Read more about the tour and ASES. >>> Find a Tour Near You  - 2006 Tour Information 2006 tour information is posted by state. Updates may be provided until the tour date. ASES National Solar Tour Find a Tour Near You  - 2006 Tour Information 2006 tour information is posted by state. Updates may be provided until the tour date. ASES National Solar Tour
June 9, Saturday, 2007 9 am - 4 pm Genesee Valley Chapter of ADK 10th ANNUAL ADK OUTDOOR EXPO Saturday, June 9, 2007 9 am - 4 pm Mendon Ponds Park Beach Area - Have you ever wanted to just try a canoe or kayak but didn't know where to go? Have you ever wondered if there was a club with your outdoor interests? Here's your chance! The Genesee Valley Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club is hosting the 10th Annual Outdoor Expo on Saturday June 9th from 9:00 - 4:00 on the beach at Mendon Ponds Park. The Genesee Valley Chapter has organized this event with YOU in mind! Just come see what you can do in the Rochester area! Demonstrations, discussions and activities will be offered all day on a wide variety of outdoor related topics. This is the perfect opportunity to connect with people that share the same interests as you all in one location! The annual Expo attracts hundreds of people who attend more than twenty workshops on various aspects of outdoor activities. Attendees also view and inspect outdoor gear and try out canoes and kayaks on the Hundred Acre Pond. ADK, other local outdoor clubs, and local outdoor retailers present all of the events. Mendon Ponds Park Beach Area

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Actions you can take for April 2007:

Rochester-area Website of the Month:  The Rochester area has over 80 environmental groups. Rochester Environmentalists http://rochesterenvironment.com/environmentalists.htm  Each Month, I highlight a Rochester-area website that helps promotes finding environmental information on the web.

  • Rochester-area Environmental Site of the Month:   Pathways to a Sustainable World -Conference on Sustainability - April 13, 14 University of Rochester - "This conference will bring the greater Rochester community together to explore critical issues in creating a truly sustainable world. Communication and education are essential to understand the challenges we face to create the world we want. The conference will highlight inspiring talks by innovators proposing solutions across a wide range of areas, including education, ecology, economics, social policy, arts, and science. It specifically aims to support positive change at the local and regional level, strengthening community and encouraging local economies. It will be a forum for discussion and interaction in which we will share our knowledge and skills, and be inspired and motivated towards creating a genuinely sustainable world.

 

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