Updates April - July 01
7/30/01 -- Recent updates on Green Solitaire's Bush Watch. Keep an eye on the Bush administrations actions and inactions on our environment. The purpose of Bush Watch is to inform everyone when George W. Bush issues a policy on our environment and to provide links where you can counteract his anti-environmental measures.
7/30/01 -- Care about pollution in your area? Check out the primer: Make sure our cities have a future A primer on brownfields in New York State. "Because of the great environmental consequences of the decisions that will be made, Environmental Advocates has published this primer. We urge all New Yorkers who care about the vitality of our cities and the rapid loss of open space to learn about the issues surrounding brownfields and to make your concerns known."--Environmental Advocates.
7/27/01 -- From the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club: PCB DECISION IN PERIL - Calls and e-mails needed now!
July 25, 2001: Press reports today indicate that EPA Administrator
Christie Whitman plans to severely scale back the EPA's originally
recommended plan to dredge 35 -40 PCB hot spots in the Upper Hudson, and may
dredging one area as a "pilot project", followed by "years of additional study to determine the impact..."
ANY DELAY IS UNACCEPTABLE. This issue has been studied for 20 years. The
"pilot project" ploy was used in Wisconsin's Fox River PCB
superfund site with disastrous results-- we should not be duped again. The
originally proposed by the EPA this year was already a compromise. Most environmental groups advocated the more extensive "Option 5", rather than the EPA's recommended "Option 4".
CALLS AND E-MAILS CHRISTIE WHITMAN ARE NEEDED IMMEDIATELY! (See sample letter below.)
Sample e-mail to Administrator Whitman:
Administrator Christie Whitman
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460
Dear Administrator Whitman,
Any delay or compromise on the Hudson River clean-up is unacceptable! Last December, the EPA recommended the targeted removal of 100,000 pounds of PCBs from the upper Hudson River. This proposal was based on a thorough analysis of the science and serious concerns about the health threats of PCBs.
Sixty communities and hundreds of organizations passed resolutions, and thousands of individual citizens wrote letters to the EPA during the public comment period urging that the EPA proceed with a Hudson River PCB clean-up equal to or more stringent than EPA's proposed "Option 4". Option 4 is already a compromise. The environmental community has called for a more aggressive action plan, removing 25-50% more PCBs than the EPA's proposal. Polls have repeatedly shown that the majority of New Yorkers support dredging the PCBs from the river.
All the evidence demonstrates that PCBs in the Hudson are a human health hazard, probably worse than anyone realizes. PCBs have been linked to cancer, thyroid disease, and immune system impairment. The decision should not be about corporate profits, or "saving face"; it should be about public health and the health of our ecosystems.
I urge you to stand behind EPA's initial clean-up proposal, which EPA scientists developed after more than a decade of exhaustive, peer-reviewed study. It is imperative that sound science, not politics, prevail in this decision. Now is the time for action, not further delay. Sincerely,
7/27/01 -- New on Action Page is Public Comment section. PUBLIC COMMENT on Rochester's Environment: Especially important environmental measures that the public can be involved in are submitting public comments on environmentally sensitive projects. These public comments are not simply knee-jerk, anti-development, anti-growth comments. Commenting specifically on how these projects are conducted can help redirect how many projects are done as long as you know the topic and offer concrete suggestions. This section of Action for Rochester lists issues that can be address by the public, the due dates, who to contact them, and how.
7/26/01 -- Important: Don't let the New York Power Authority spray pesticides in our wetlands. Here's what you can do: Send comments to: Barbara Rinaldi, NYSDEC, Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-1750. Or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Here's the Story: Herbicides may be applied to wetlands -- Nine state-protected wetlands in Chili, Henrietta, Perinton and Pittsford may soon get a dose of herbicides. (Thursday, July 26, 2001) -DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE
7/25/01 -- One of the indicators of Bush's administration on our local environment is the clean up of the Hudson River's PCB's. It seems as if the Bush administration favors big business against the right all of us to have a clean environment. Spitzer: EPA eyes dredging test plan Albany-- Agency would be scaling back by ordering a six-mile stretch of Hudson to be dredged, then studied, before seeking full cleanup The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering a plan to test whether dredging works to reduce PCBs in the Hudson River before moving forward with a widespread cleanup, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer said Tuesday. ( July 25, 2001) Times Union
7/25/01 -- Check out some of my photographs of the Charlotte Beach/Ontario Lake area. I took a bike ride to see what changes are being conducted to get ready for the Rochester/Toronto Fast Ferry project.
7/25/01 -- Ban the proposed Drilling in the Finger Lakes National Forest Write a letter, here's how.
7/25/01 -- What are you going to do with all that money the IRS is sending you? From the Sierra Club-- A Brighter Idea: Over the next few weeks, millions of "advance payment" tax rebate checks will be sent to most American taxpayers. Yet the Bush administration is abandoning a long list of projects that would help protect the planet and result in immediate financial benefits for every citizen.
7/24/01 -- Important event coming up: "Our Fragile World" Event at the Seneca Park Zoo, August 4 and 5, 2001, 10 am - 5 pm --Families will be presented with a game card that encourages them to visit up to 25 exhibit booths where they will be challenges with an environmental game or question. Kids receive prizes and information. There will be face painting, entertainment for kids, and workshops as well. --from Margit Brazda, Director, Water Education Collaborative at the Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607. (716) 271-4552 ext.320 FAX: 271-2119
7/23/01 -- Here is an example of our citizens gathering together to make a difference for our environment: The Webster Open Space Committee is a group of about 45 Webster residents who have volunteered to help try and preserve an approximate 4,000 acres of open land. We are divided into three groups including the Inventory, Acquisition and Public Relations sub-committees. Green Ribbon Campaign will be introduced during the Webster Fireman's Carnival in July 2001. The purpose is to raise the communities' awareness of the Open Space referendum. The $20 million proposal will come to vote in November 2001.
7/23/01 - Help stop the drilling proposal in our Finger Lakes National Forest: Last day to mail Comments - 8/1/01Here you can find all about it and what to do about it: Finger Lakes Forest Watch Congress: There is Currently a proposal within the Finger Lakes National Forest to open the entire Forest to Natural Gas drilling. The Forest is small and heavily fragmented, and we believe that this drilling project, if actualized, would severely damage the Forest. The Finger Lakes Forest Watch Congress (FLFWC) is dedicated to seeing this proposal fail, and to protecting the Finger Lakes National Forest from such projects in the future. If you would like to get involved, or have any questions, please email me at email@example.com, or check the other Contact Information. We also have a 'No Gas in the FLNF' listserv for updates and announcements about once a week that I can put you on. The following information should be quite helpful in giving you an understanding of what is going on with the Oil ang Gas Proposal, and what you can do to help stop it.
7/21/01 -- The proposed NYS Thruway idea failed because it was a bad idea. The residents of Chili did not want this useless Urban Sprawl idea shoved down their throats. Now, it looks like the expansion of the Seneca Park Zoo idea may be failing because it too is a bad idea for financial reasons and because many residents do not want their Olmstead Park destroyed. Are some lawmakers changing their mind about the Seneca Park Zoo expansion plan? July 20 - NEWS10 NBC has learned several lawmakers have serious questions about the project. The plan has yet to go to the county legislature even though it was supposed to be voted on by now. The reason for the holdup depends on who you talk to. Several Republican county legislators tell NEWS10 NBC they have serious concerns with the plan. (Saturday, July 21, 2001) WHEC.
7/20/01 -- Here's you chance to make a difference. You have until August 3, 2001 to provide the Army Corps of Engineers with your comments on the solutions to the algae in Rochester Harbor. Rochester Harbor is located on the southern shore of Lake Ontario at the mouth of the Genesee River in Monroe County. All the information is here from the Army Corps of Engineers Rochester Harbor (Ontario Beach) Section 1135 Project Modifications for Improvement of the Environment, Monroe County, New York. There are several plans to alleviate the algae problem in Rochester Harbor, including Pumping, Small-Scale Algae Screen, Full-Scale Algae Screen, and a Culvert. Point of Contact William E. Butler III, Environmental Protection Specialist, Environmental Analysis Team, Telephone: 716-879-4268, FAX: 716-879-4355, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org You many review the preceding information and present any comments or recommendations in writing to My. Butler's attention at the following address: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District, 1776 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY 14207-3199.
7/20/01 -- I applaud the editorial staff of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle for coming out against drilling in the Finger Lakes National Forest. "Reject Forest Drilling" on the editorial page presents a sound reason for stopping this bad idea by President Bush.
7/20/01 -- Famed pollution fighter tours Brockport Erin Brockovich-Ellis, the Los Angeles-area legal investigator played by Julia Roberts in an award-winning movie, brought a touch of Hollywood to the quiet village of Brockport yesterday. (Friday, July 20, 2001) -DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE Too bad it takes a celebrity to get the media's constant attention on the very important issue of Brownfields. Our NYS Superfund monies have been non-existing since April, which means that over 200 hundred Brownfield sites in New York State and several in Monroe County will not be cleaned up until our Governor and the NYS Senate resolves their differences. You can help by tell Gov. Pataki that we need money for our NYS Superfund and find out Superfund sites in Rochester. Superfund is completely bankrupt as of April 1, 2001, stranding hundreds of sites. Investigations and cleanups have ground to a halt.
7/20/01 -- In New York State we are very fortunate to have two great senators who are on top of our environmental problems. Both Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY)-- and Senator Hilary Rodham Clinton (D-NY)- have come up with this bill to head off President Bush's very bad idea to drill in our small national park nearby: Bill would shield national forest -- Drilling for oil and natural gas in the Finger Lakes National Forest would be banned under a provision New York's senators added to legislation the Senate passed yesterday. (Friday, July 20, 2001) -DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE
7/19/01 -- Important information from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle on where to send your public comment to the DEC on drilling in our Finger Lakes National Forest: Written comments on the Finger Lakes National Forest exploration and drilling plan must be postmarked by Aug. 1. Send to: Finger Lakes National Forest, Attn: Oil and Gas DEIS Comments, 5218 State Highway 414, Hector, NY 14841. For information, call the Hector Ranger District office, (607) 546-4470.
7/18/01 -- Please pay close attention to this issue: Drilling in our Finger Lakes National Forest. Soon, I will write up an online petition for this issue: In the meantime, the Daily Messenger has done a great job in informing the public about his issue: Forest drilling plan debated A local man is trying to galvanize opposition to the leasing of Finger Lakes National Forest land for gas drilling. GORHAM - A local man who is against a proposal to open New York's only national forest for oil and natural gas exploration is trying to bring attention to the issue. (Wednesday, July 18, 2001) Daily Messenger -- What could happen in the Finger Lakes forest Here's what's under consideration by the Forest Service. The National Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management are considering leasing land in the 16,083-acre Finger Lakes National Forest in Seneca and Schuyler counties to the highest-bidding private company for oil and gas exploration and extraction. (Wednesday, July 18, 2001) Daily Messenger
7/17/01 -- Hurray! RochesterEnvironment.com is now updated. Actually, while it has been down for several weeks, I have been updating daily, so check this page, action, and news for all that you have missed. Also, please note that because of the move to a new server, RochesterEnvironment.com has a new web board. RochesterEnvironment.com Board Room--http://pluto.beseen.com/boardroom/w/52798/.
7/16/01 -- It's your right to know. Find out who's polluting where and how much in New York State. Check out the NYS Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Report for 1999 by the New York State Department of Conservation.
7/14/01 -- Increasingly, I am finding that WHEC online or MSNBC Local News is a great source for finding dangerous and environmentally harmful product warnings. This site over time has put more and more environmental stories and this special section about harmful products is a good addition to our news.
7/12/01 -- Here comes another very bad idea: Doyle unveils new plan to control Ontario Beach algae Monroe County Executive Jack Doyle has asked the Army Corps of Engineers to consider installing three large pumps near the Ontario Beach pier to help move algae that now builds up along the pier and beach. (July 12, 2001) --DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE Along with the crazy idea to build a swimming pool on Ontario Beach, this idea to pump the algae into the lake does not solve the pollution problem at Ontario Beach that is a result of human pollution. Read Gas Masks Next?
7/12/01 - - Think our stalled monies for the NYS Superfunds don't matter? Think again: Search for PCBs yields 3 new Superfund sites Albany -- DEC investigation finds these areas tainted by Hudson River sediments disposed of by state DOT A two-year search for PCBs in roads, picnic areas, diners and residences in the Upper Hudson River Valley has uncovered three additional state Superfund sites and more than a dozen areas where contamination levels warrant further research, according to two state reports released Wednesday. (July 12, 2001) Times Union Also, in order to get the full picture of the problem we are having getting money for the Superfund, you must read this important article in this week's City Newsweekly: Pataki's Toxic Motives, by Jack Bradigan Spula (City, July 11-17, page 7)
7/12/01 -- Are you ready for this? Drill Proposal In Finger Lakes Met With Opposition Rochester, NY - A proposal to drill for natural gas in a New York forest is drawing some opposition. (July 12, 2001) iKnowRochester.com
7/12/01 -- This in
from Health Track: Dear Friend: Yesterday the Trust for America's
Health released it's report, Short of Breath: Our Lack of Response to the
Growing Asthma Epidemic and the Need for Nationwide Tracking. The report
states that despite the increasing number of asthma cases, 12 of the 20
states with the highest air pollution fail to track asthma at state and
community levels. You can link to the full report at: http://health-track.org/reports/asthma/
Also, below are links to articles on the report from USA Today and the Fort
Worth Star-Telegram: http://www.usatoday.com/news/healthscience/health/2001-07-10-asthma.htm,
http://web.star-telegram.com/content/fortworth/2001/07/10/state/fw010402-0710-XB001-asthma.htm Thank you for you continued interest in Health-Track. Sincerely, James O'Hara, Executive Director
7/012/01 -- This story today highlights a point about Global Warming that seems to be overlooked by those who argue against Global Warming, and those local meteorologists who think the public should leave this issue to the experts. The changes that could be a result of Global Warming may happen quickly--far beyond our ability to deal with them. And, this is why if there is even a chance of Global Warming happening, we must act according to the precautionary principle. One of the assumptions that the public seems to hold on Global Warming that the change will be slow and gradual, allowing for enough time for us to deal with it with our technology, but it may not be so. Scientists: Future Climate Change Could Be Sudden - Future changes in the earth's climate may happen suddenly, triggered by man-made factors such as smokestacks and exhaust pipes, scientists said on Thursday. (July 12, 2001) AMSTERDAM (Reuters)
7/10/01 -- Eight years from now our nuclear plant license expires. Here's where the public can influence our environment greatly. Should Rochester keep using nuclear power for our Energy? RG&E Faces Decisions Over Ginna Power Plant Plentiful Power Keeps Rochester From Energy Emergencies For Now Rochester, NY - As the nation struggles with an energy policy, some tough decisions are on the horizon for Rochester, including the future of the Ginna Nuclear Power Plant. The operating license for Ginna expires in 2009, and at stake is half the electricity that powers Rochester. (Tuesday, July 10, 2001) iKnowRochester.com
7/10/01 -- Major story. A major situation that could have induced Urban Sprawl has been ended in our county. In no small part has been the role in NoExit in the changing of people's minds on this issue: Doyle nixes Chili Thruway exit Monroe County Executive Jack Doyle announced Tuesday morning that a Thruway exit will not be put in Chili. (Tuesday, July 10, 2001) - DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE
7/10/01 -- The Internet is always coming up with new ideas to help our environment--sharing information is what the new environmentalism is all about. Here's another great idea to help relieve the pressure of our way of life on the environment: CarPoolWorld.com Welcome to carpoolworld.com, the world's first global and precise carpool matching system! This website makes it easy for everyone, everywhere, at any time, to find perfect matches for any trip, including your daily commute!
7/07/01 -- One of the biggest criticisms of our Monroe County Executive, Jack Doyle, is that he does not consider public opinion when pushing his county-wide projects. Read Stompin" With Doyle, by Mary Ann Towler, (publisher and Editor) in this week's City -Greater Rochester's alternative newsweekly -page 5. The Soccer Complex, first proposed for the Chili area, is an example of Doyle's apparent disregard for public input. But, perhaps things are changing. There are two public workshops for residents to offer comments and ask questions regarding the development of a Soccer Tournament Complex on land adjacent to Greece Canal Park-- on July 17 and July 18. Find out more at RESIDENTS' INPUT INVITED FOR SOCCER PLEX --News Release from Monroe County Executive, Jack Doyle
7/070/01 -- Why can't all our communities thinks of such environmentally friendly measures? Wind puts the 'O' in Attica H20 ATTICA-- When officials in Attica noticed last fall that the village's public water supply had a rust tint, they figured the problem was going to be expensive. (Saturday, July 7, 2001) - DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE
7/06/01 -- This from TrueFoodNow.org: True Food Shopping List: How to Avoid Genetically Engineered Food http://www.truefoodnow.org/gmo_facts/product_list/
7/05/01 -- Tired of all the carnage on our highways?
Help reduce roadkill:
Reducing the Toll of Roadways on Wildlife --from the Humane Society of the United States. Also Habitat and Highways campaign from the Defenders of Wildlife and Critter Crossing --from Federal Highway Administration.
7/05/01 -- This suggestion from the good people at the
Common Good Planning Center: The July issue of National Geographic takes an
in-depth look at sprawl. Please look for it on newsstands or check it
out on line at
www.nationalgeographic.com Common Good Planning Center, 34 Meigs Street, Rochester, NY 14607, (716) 442-2730 Fax: (800)-858-8245, www.ggw.org/commongood
6/29/01 -- Who is polluting in your area? Check out the EPA's Toxic Release Inventory: The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), published by the U.S. EPA, is a valuable source of information regarding toxic chemicals that are being used, manufactured, treated, transported, or released into the environment.
6/26/01 --How clean is the Genesee River? Is this statement still true: The Genesee River gets the distinction of being #2 in this criteria: Top polluters directly discharging cancer-causing chemicals to U.S. waters (1992-1996). If you think so, why not do something about it? 2002 'Most Endangered Rivers' Nominations Sought WASHINGTON, June 26, 2001 - Is the local smallmouth stream starting to smell suspicious as industrial chicken farms multiply in the headwaters? Does the government want to drain a riverfront marsh claiming it will help prevent floods? Would a proposed dam leave a favorite paddling destination high and dry? These and other river threats create candidates for the annual America's Most Endangered Rivers report. 6/26/01 Yahoo Environmental News. Individuals and organizations considering a nomination can read recent reports at http://www.americanrivers.org/mostendangered2001/default.htm. Nomination forms are at: http://www.americanrivers.org/mostendangered/2002nominations.htm
6/25/01 -- Important discussion on the new zoo
expansion: 1370 Connections (radio), When: 12:00 noon on July 3
What: Discussion about the proposed zoo expansion, Who: Todd Bullard and Dennis Pelletier, Questions can be called in.
6/23/01 -- This article about the political fallout over the chemical contamination in Brockport should give politicians pause. There will be environmental, as well as political consequences, of ignoring our environmental concerns: Changes Ahead for Brockport? --WROC
6/23/01 -- Interesting hypocrisy? Given the public's hue and cry over the possible disturbance of the PCB's in the Hudson River put there by GE over the last several decades, you'd think that our public here in Rochester would be at least a little concerned when the Army Corps of Engineers plans on digging up the bottom of our river. The Genesee River gets the distinction of being #2 in this criteria: Top polluters directly discharging cancer-causing chemicals to U.S. waters (1992-1996).. But there is nary a murmur of concern over this news story in this weeks news: Army Corp of Engineers dredging Genesee River June 21 - "The Genesee brings a lot of silt down with it from up river so the Army Corps of Engineers is removing the sediment so the really big boats can get through the channel safely." --WHEC
6/23/01 -- Think industry has acted responsibly towards our environment? Think again: Report Released Documenting PCB Impacts on Hudson River Fishing Closures and Advisories Have Severely Limited Commercial and Recreational Fishing New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Erin M. Crotty today announced the release of a report that examines how the accumulation of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in Hudson River fish has dramatically affected the River's fishery resources and the public's use of them.-- from the NYS Dept. of Environment
06/21/01 -- I want to thank City Newsweekly (the best newspaper in our city) for publishing my article on the idea of putting a swimming pool at Ontario Beach. Is it the case that the algae buildup that prevents swimming for a third of each summer is entirely due to a natural, and not a man-made, pollution? Read on: Gas Masks Next?
06/21/01 -- This story points to a very sad state of affairs about our roads: We have spent millions and billions of dollars to make our roads safe for no one--not even drivers. We cannot ride bike, walk, and now even the disabled cannot go near our roads because we did not plan them properly to accommodate anything but a gas-guzzling vehicle. Wheelchairs Face Danger On Roads Rochester, NY - A fatal wheelchair accident on Tuesday is raising questions about whether the vehicles should be allowed on the road. Unfortunately, many disabled people are finding that they have no choice but to take that risk. (Thursday, June 21, 2001) iKnowRochester.com
06/21/01 -- Need all the facts in one place on the West Nile Virus from the source authority? Go here: Journalists Guide to the West Nile Virus --by the NYS Dept. Health.
06/21/01 -- Very interesting, do you believe him? "He said opposition from Chili residents did not play a role in the decision." Read the story: Soccer Complex Planned For Greece Rochester, NY - Monroe County Executive Jack Doyle announced this morning plans to build a 22-field soccer tournament facility on a 90-acre county-owned site on Manitou Road in Greece. (Thursday, June 21, 2001) iKnowRochester.com
06/21/01 -- This idea has been floated around about how to relieve the Seneca Park Zoo congestion in their parking lot for several years and it is by far more sensible than tearing up the area near Trout Pond: Zoo parking alternative to be offered Alliance would create tram system that utilizes Kodak lots -- Park advocates today will propose a tram system to five parking lots near Seneca Park as an alternative to putting a 600-vehicle parking area just west of Seneca Park Zoo. (Thursday, June 21, 2001) - DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE
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06/18/01 -- This event should send shivers down your spine as they are going to be talking about drilling for oil and natural gas in the Great Lakes--and whether or not to send waters to other parts of the country. Great Lakes governors meet in Niagara Falls Gov. George Pataki joined the governors of the seven other states surrounding the Great Lakes on Monday in Niagara Falls. (6/18/01)-- DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE
06/18/01 -- Help influence your public officials on the environment--ONLINE - Public Involvement in EPA Decisions A National Dialogue Via the Internet. From July 10 - July 20, 2001 EPA is convening an online public discussion on improving public involvement in EPA decision-making. The Dialogue will be based on the EPA's newly drafted Public Involvement Policy. Join interested citizens, representatives of industry, environmental groups, small businesses, states, local governments, tribes, and other groups to learn more about the draft policy and to share your thoughts and concerns regarding how EPA should implement this policy. To learn more about the Dialogue and to register to participate visit the Dialogue Web site at: http://www.network-democracy.org/epa-pip/ For more information: Send e-mail to Patricia Bonner at U.S. EPA: email@example.com, or Information Renaissance: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 888.638.5323.
06/18/01 -- New web site from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to check up on the quality of your water: WATERS Watershed Assessment, Tracking & Environmental Results WATERS is a tool that unites water quality information previously available only on individual state agency homepages and at several Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) websites. State and federal water quality managers, as well as interested citizens, can use WATERS to quickly identify the status of individual waterbodies of interest to them. It can also be used to generate summary reports on all waters of a state. Click on the map below to find detailed water quality information. --EPA
06/17/01-- Two important notes: I was out of town last week and therefore no newsletter. Services will resume this week. RochesterEnvironment.com's Web Board will no longer work, because Genesee Gateway (this site's host) has changed servers and this new service does not support the web board. I will find a new message board. Finally, because ggw.org, the host of RochesterEnviornment.com, is moving all the ggw.org sites (five hundred of them) to a new service, RochesterEnvironment.com will not be online for a few days.
6/17/01 -- Remember, don't throw out that hazardous waster just anywhere. This Saturday you can dispose of them properly: COUNTY HOSTS NORTHEAST HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION PDF Link: HHW Northeast Collection Jund 23 2001.pdf
06/16/01 -- Ontario Beach closed today because of high levels of bacteria? Find out: To check water quality call 274-6887.
06/16/01 -- Have you helped save a Monroe County park today? If not, check out the Save Our Seneca Park site. Learn the history of the park and how you can help save it. "We are a dynamic organization that is working to maintain the beauty and integrity of Seneca Park. We do not oppose ideas to create a better zoo. Rather, we oppose plans to destroy a prime piece of our treasured park. To get involved: mailto:email@example.com"
06/15/01-- Just how healthy is our air? Find out from National Environmental Trust: "Loopholes in implementation of the Clean Air Act may be endangering your health and our environment! According to a new study by the National Environmental Trust, several states routinely issue Clean Air Act permits for large industrial polluters containing loopholes and other flaws that undermine critical public health and environmental protections. Download your copy at http://www.environet.org In recent months, the Bush administration has sent strong signals that it might ease clean air permitting requirements and give states the primary role in enforcing them. NET's report, Permit to Pollute raises serious questions about the Bush Administration's plans to ease permitting restrictions and leave more enforcement to the states. With the track record the states have so far, they hardly deserve a promotion. Download your own copy of Permit to Pollute at http://www.environet.org/cleanair/issue/titlev.vtml Global Warming | Children's Environmental HealthHeritage Forests |Marine Conservation
06/15/01 -- Help protest NYS inactivity on the
Superfund. This from the Atlantic
Chapter of the Sierra Club: Here's what's happening: Next Monday
(June 18) a group of citizens will gather outside the state Senate Chamber
for a silent vigil. We will line ourselves up, with signs, in the hallway
leading to the Senate chamber This event is going to take place just before
the Senators leave Albany, and hopefully will serve as a reminder that they
need to keep Superfund on
their minds while they're back in their district offices. We're going to meet at the State Street entrance to the State Capitol at 1:30 and leave around 3:15 Please let us know if you plan to come. If you have any questions you can contact Jennifer Kozlowski at the Legislative office at 518.426.9144 If you want to attend you can call Jay Mueller at NYPIRG (518) 436-0876 ext. 260, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, he is doing most of the organizing for this event. Thanks again for all your help! Jennifer Kozlowski, Legislative Assistant, Sierra Club - Atlantic Chapter
06/15/01 -- This just in from HealthTrack.org: Dear
Friend: On June 11 the U.S. Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee
held a field hearing on environmental health. The hearing focused on possible
links between environmental factors and chronic diseases such as cancer and
asthma. To see the testimonies of Dr. Lynn Goldman and Dr. Phil
Landrigan see our web site at www.health-track.org.
Sincerely, Jim O'Hara
06/15/01 -- Looking forward to a boring summer with nothing to do? Why not try something totally different? Take and environmental field trip/studies. The School For Field Studies "Since our founding in 1980, over 9,500 college and high school students have conducted hands-on, community-focused environmental field work in SFS programs around the world. This website will help you discover how you can live and study in some of the most beautiful and threatened ecosystems in the world while earning college credit for participating in real-life field studies of challenging environmental dilemmas. SFS offers Fall and Spring semester and 30 day Summer courses at our field study centers in Australia, British Columbia, the British West Indies, Costa Rica, Baja, Mexico and Kenya. Please use this opportunity to learn more about how you can be a part of an SFS team addressing critical environmental issues including preserving entire ecosystems or individual species, balancing economic development and conservation, and finding ways to manage and maintain wildlife, marine and agricultural resources."
06/13/01 -- Mark your calendars! On October 10 at 8 pm, the University of Buffalo's "Distinguished Speakers Series" will host Dr. Jane Goodall at the University of Buffalo, Alumni Arena, North Campus. For tickets information visit www.specialevents.buffalo.edu or call 716-645-6174-ext. 228
06/06/01 -- Now that it's summer, learn how to swim healthy. Healthy Swimming 2001 --from the Center of Disease Control.
06/06/01 -- Now that even George W. Bush acknowledges that Global Warming is one of our most dire environmental problems, and is going to Europe next week to sell his solution, albeit not with the Kyoto Protocol, it would be good to explore the EPA's extensive Global Warming Site.
06/05/01 -- New York State Smart Energy Forum Thursday - June 7, 2001 - Sheraton Four Points, Rochester, New York - If you plan to attend the Forum, please RSVP to email@example.com 518-862-1090, ext. 3267
Through its New York Energy $martSM program, NYSERDA has $750 million in funding opportunities for businesses and residents over the next five years to help you save energy, lower your expenses, and preserve the environment.
The New York Energy $martSM Forum will provide information on how to receive funding for energy improvements for homes, businesses, and municipal facilities under the New York Energy $martSM program.
06/05/01 -- Concerned about what's in your food? Go to: You can get more information on environmental claims at a new web site. It's eco-labels.org. It tells what's behind more than 150 claims. That way you can be better informed about the products you buy.
06/04/01 -- Thinking of buying a new air conditioner? Go here first: The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) in conjuction with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) is giving New Yorkers the opportunity to receive $75.00 when you purchase a new ENERGY STAR® room air conditioner and turn in your old, operational unit. This from: Get A New Air Conditioner, Get $75 From The State Rochester, NY - If you're in the market to buy an air conditioner this summer, you should know about an energy plan that could save you money. (Monday, June 4, 2001) iKnowRochester.com
06/03/01 -- This from the Kandid Coalition :A Rochester based coalition working for a cleaner Kodak. Member groups include CEC, SC-Rochester, and the GP of Monroe County.
Kandid Coalition, a Rochester based group concerned with Eastman Kodak
environmental record, continues to focus on the consequences the operation
of the Building 218 incinerator. The DEC has given the green light for Kodak
to upgrade with rotary kiln technology. It is our contention that dioxin
will be created in the incinerator, some dioxin will be released to the air
and some will be retained in the furnace. This technology necessitates
periodic washing of the inside of the incinerator. The wash water then is
sent to Kings Landing waste water treatment plant where it is treated and
discharged into the Genesee River.
The DEC has proposed some modifications to the SPDES Permit (Kings Landing discharge into the Genesee River). It is basically 2 pages concerning "Short term high intensity program for Dioxin/Dibenzofuran Monitoring". There is a public comment period between now and June 18th, 2001. After that time it is DEC's intention to issue the modified SPDES permit provided that "proof of publication" is received (proof of Kodak posting this info in the newspapers), and that any comments that are received do not raise significant or substantive issues that must be addressed.
The modification will require Kodak to conduct a short term high
intensity monitoring program for dioxin and dibenzofuran. This shall consist
of two phases, one before and one after the planned upgrade to the APCE
NYSDEC has issued a written response to Eastman Kodak Comments on "Preliminary Draft Permit Page for Kodak Park SPDES Permit Modification to include requirement for dioxin/dibenzofuran monitoring".
If you are interested in this issue and would like to participate in the
public comment period, please contact Kandid Coalition for group meeting
times and place KandidCoalition
@yahoo.com or contact Citizen's Environmental
Coalition, Western office firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also for the calendar specifically June 6, 2001 is the regular meeting time (monthly) for Kandid Coalition. (KandidCoalition @yahoo.com) The issues on the agenda are the Title V permit renewal for the Kodak's Kings Landing waste water treatment facility, teach-in in local colleges on dioxin pollution, and elimination of incineration for hazardous waste at Kodak. All interested people welcome to join. Email for time and place.
06/03/01 -- Check out the June Activities at the BURROUGHS AUDUBON NATURE CLUB The Burroughs Audubon Nature Club (B.A.N.C.) is an organization dedicated to promoting the natural sciences, ecology and conservation through regular programs and field trips. B.A.N.C. enjoys a 30-acre nature sanctuary with trails and a clubhouse located near the village of Pittsford and a 90-acre nature preserve near Dansville.
06/03/01 -- Major update on NoExit's web site. NoExit is "A strategic business planning team of residents in the Chili and Wheatland area, working to oppose the construction of a Thruway Interchange on Union St in the Town of Chili." Perhaps the proposed soccer field and NYS Thruway exit ideas are faltering.
06/01/01 -- Two events from our friends at Common
Good Planning Center: 1. Main Street Rules, Not Mainstream
Rules In case you haven't heard, Norman Mintz will be speaking at the Dugan
Center (15 St. Mary's Place, Rochester) at 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday, June 5.
Mintz has played a leading role in the field of Main Street revitalization
for more than twenty-five years. He is Design Director at the Grand Central
Partnership in New York City and consultant on downtown
revitalization across the country. Whether you live in an urban, suburban or rural community, Main Street matters. Come join our discussion and learn about what citizen activists, business owners, community planners and civic leaders can do to revitalize their "main streets." The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information or directions to the
Dugan Center, please call the Center at 442-2730 or Betsy Glavin at 232-7168. 2. Creating Town Centers and More Pedestrian-Friendly Communities Roger Brown, an architect with Barkstrom & LaCroix, will give an audio-visual presentation at 7:00 p.m. next Monday, June 4 in the Henrietta Public Library Community Room, 475 Calkins Road, Henrietta. Brown, a member of the Center's Leadership Council, has first-hand experience on pedestrian-friendly town centers both in and outside of Monroe County. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information or
directions, please call the Center at 442-2730 or Rachel Warren at 321-0293. Common Good Planning Center
34 Meigs Street, Rochester, NY 14607, (716) 442-2730 Fax: (800)-858-8245 www.ggw.org/commongood
06/01/01 -- County Hosts Southside Household Hazardous Waste Collection: June 9th 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - from News Releases by Jack Doyle Monroe County Executive
06/01/01 -- Braddock Bay Raptor Research reminds us that we can Adopt A Hawk: "You can join in this exciting research project. Braddock Bay Raptor Research is now offering "sponsorships" for each of the 3,000 raptors captured, banded, and released at Braddock Bay. Your participation will directly support the Raptor Banding Project at Braddock Bay."
06/01/01 - I'm passing this message on from Flower City Habitats for Humanity: Help Needed - This fall and winter FCHH will build six new houses and rehabilitate a double on Trust Street into a single family home for a family with seven children. FCHH has never had a fall "second season" with this number of houses before. Weekday Volunteers are needed to help close in these homes before the snow comes our way. We will work inside and finish these seven houses by spring.
06/01/01 -- IMPORTANT NOTICE:
On June 12th from 11am-4pm, citizens from across New York State will join Lois Gibbs, the woman who drew international attention to the Love Canal Disaster, to urge state leaders to refinance the bankrupt state Superfund toxic waste cleanup program.
Please join us to pressure elected officials to clean up toxic waste in our communities. With almost 800 unfunded toxic sites around the state, we need the Superfund refinanced now.
If you would like to come to Superfund Communities Lobby Day, please reply to this message with the following information:
2) Address, with Zip Code
3) Phone Number
4) Have you ever lobbied before?
5) Do you need transportation to Albany?
If you want more information, or would like to register by phone, please call Jay Mueller at (518)436-0876 x260.
05/31/01 -- I love this story. George W. Bush has dragged his feet on arsenic in our drinking water. Even though the rest of the world has adopted an important decrease in the allowable amount of arsenic in our drinking water, the president has decided that this measure would be too hard on water providers. Well, our NYS Assembly has done an end-run, it seems, around the Bush administration's foot dragging: Assembly Proposal Would Tighten Arsenic Limits In Drinking Water Albany, NY - A bill introduced today in the state Assembly would reduce what New York considers acceptable arsenic levels in drinking water. The bill would reduce the levels to one-fifth of the current standard -- from 50 parts per billion to ten. (Thursday, May 31, 2001) iKnowRochester.com
05/31/01 -- Lots of field trips for bird watching coming up soon. Check out Rochester Birding Association's Field Trips.
05/31/01 -- Thinking of building a home? I'm passing this message on from Potluck For Progressives: Learn about Straw Bale construction! You Don't Have To Live In A Tent to be Environmentally Friendly! If you are thinking of building a home, consider straw bale construction. This cost effective method of building uses local renewable resources and creates a more energy efficient structure that looks great, is non-toxic, fire resistant, and sound proof. It is also a method that allows you to get in there and actually help put your own house together. Upstate Alternatives is now offering Introductory Courses on Straw bale construction Session one: you will learn about straw bale as a construction material as well as practical orientation on the major facets of building offering the following Thursdays from 5 -9 Pm: June 7, June 21, July 5, July 26, August 9 - Session two: You will get practical hands-on-experience in straw bale wall building and finishing. Session on is required for this class. Offered the following Saturdays from 9 Am -2PM: June 9, June 23, July 7, July 28, and August 11. Fee per session: $99. All session will be held a Magin Farms, 1345 Penfield Center Road, 716-872-7303 Call to Register! Dave Vail, Upstate Alternatives, 716-292-5697 You can live well and leave a light footprint on the earth.
05/31/01 -- How environmentally safe is your house and community? NearMyHouse.com There may be hazards near your home or in your community: You'll Get Info on: Interactive Maps of Hazards Air Pollution, Detailed Reports for your Address Natural Hazard Risks, Hazard-Related Research Info Historical Storms & Floods, Toxic Spills & Landfills Schools & Hospitals, Groundwater Contamination Demographics.
05/30/01 -- What is your NYS Assemblyperson up to? Maybe talking about our environment. Tune in and find out. Watch them at work on Internet TV: New York State Assembly's Web Site http://www.assembly.state.ny.us
05/27/01 -- I'm passing this important message on: The Kandid Coalition is a Rochester based group concerned with Eastman Kodak, the number one polluter of cancer-causing chemicals in the United States and New York's number one manufacturing polluter. The Kandid Coalition continues to focus on the consequences of Kodak's hazardous waste incinerator. The DEC has given the green light for Kodak to upgrade with rotary kiln technology. It is our contention that dioxin will be created in the incinerator and will consequently be released to the air while some will be retained in the furnace. This technology necessitates periodic washing of the inside of the incinerator. The wash water then is sent to Kings Landing waste water treatment plant where it is treated and then discharged into the Genesee River. The DEC has proposed some modifications to the SPDES Permit (Kings Landing discharge into the Genesee River). It is basically 2 pages concerning "Short term high intensity program for Dioxin/Dibenzofuran Monitoring". There is a public comment period between now and June 18th, 2001. After that time it is DEC's intention to issue the modified SPDES permit provided that "proof of publication" is received (proof of Kodak posting this info in the newspapers), and that any comments that are received do not raise significant or substantive issues that must be addressed. The modification will require Kodak to conduct a short term high intensity monitoring program for dioxin and dibenzofuran. This shall consist of two phases, one before and one after the planned upgrade to the Pollution Control Equipment assoc. w/ building 218. NYSDEC has issued a written response to Eastman Kodak Comments on "Preliminary Draft Permit Page for Kodak Park SPDES Permit Modification to include requirement for dioxin/dibenzofuran monitoring". If you are interested in this issue and would like to participate in the public comment period, or would like to get involved in the campaign against Kodak pollution, please contact the Kandid Coalition at KandidCoalition@yahoo.com or contact Citizen's Environmental Coalition, Western office (716) 885-6848 email@example.com
05/24/01 -- This important info about our NYS Superfund from NYPIRG New York State Public Interest Research Group: "New York has thousands of toxic waste sites where dangerous industrial chemicals have polluted the land and water. You can be exposed to chemicals that are known or suspected to cause cancer, reproductive dysfunction, and neurological problems through contact with contaminated air, soil, and water. Clean Up of Toxic Sites Halted The state Superfund was created in the early 1980s to find, investigate, and clean up toxic sites in our communities. But, Superfund is completely bankrupt as of April 1, 2001, stranding hundreds of sites. Investigations and cleanups have ground to a halt." At this site you can tell Gov. Pataki that we need money for our NYS Superfund and find out Superfund sites in Rochester.
05/24/01 -- As suggested by WHEC in their report - How does Rochester's air quality rate? - When you think of smog, cities like Houston, Detroit and New York City top the list but the Rochester area has smog problems too. ( May 23, 2001) 10NBC/WHEC TV-10 - How is Rochester's Air Quality today? Go To Air Now --from the EPA's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS)
05/21/01 -- Important news if you are a dog or cat owner: Rabies Clinic Scheduled for Pets (Tuesday, May 22, 2001) News Releases by Jack Doyle Monroe County Executive "Free rabies clinic for dogs and cats belonging to Monroe County residents on Wednesday, May 23, from 4PM to 7PM at the Dome Arena, 2695 East Henrietta Road. Residents may call 274-6864 for further information."
05/21/01-- Help out the Lollipop Farm Humane Society: Check out all the Great Items available at the Humane Society's first Online Auction! "Welcome to the Humane Society Online Auction site. The items available at this site have been donated by very generous local companies, organizations, and individuals. You must register online before placing any bids. The items in the Preview Only section will be available for bidding live at our upcoming Gala, Feed the Need, on June 2nd, 2001. You can find out more information about joining us at our Gala by visiting our information page. You must be 18 years of age or older to use this site."
05/18/01 -- New page in RochesterEnvironment.com: Animals and our Environment The animals in our environment, because they are so intimate with it, are often indicators of our environmental health. How we treat them too is an indication of our sensitivity towards our environment.
05/17/01 -- Not strictly an environmental matter, but this is important: The City's Bureau of Parks & Recreation will offer CPR and First Aid courses this Spring at Adams Street Recreation Center, 85 Adams St.Call the Bureau of Parks & Recreation at 428-6755 to enroll for the series or any single class. Class sizes are limited. From City Hall, Rochester CITY NEWS RELEASES BY DATE.
05/17/01 -- One of the gravest environmental health concerns for Rochester is Lead Poisoning. This week the New York State Department of Health published: Lead Poisoning Prevention Curriculum for Preschool Children and their Families --from the NYS Dept. of Health.
05/017/01 -- I wish to thank the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle for publishing my article in their quest essay section of the their newspaper: Monroe County and the West Nile Virus.
05/17/01 -- Our community gets some funds for protecting us against pesticides: DEC Announces Grants to Promote Alternatives to Pesticides 15 Projects Receive Funding to Help Reduce Pesticide Use in Schools and Public Buildings New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Erin M. Crotty today announced more than $530,000 in grants to local governments, schools and not-for-profit organizations for 15 projects which promote alternatives to pesticide use in public buildings and schools. The grant funding is intended to promote non-toxic pest control methods to reduce the amount of pesticides used in the State. (Thursday, May 17, 2001) Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Press Releases environment. "Monroe County ($50,000) - The County will plan and conduct a non-toxic pest management training session; prepare training materials; and carry out structural repairs at several county facilities, including the county office building and the public safety communications center. Repairs will include masonry and wood repair, caulking, screen replacement, and installation of bi-swing doors."
05/17/01 -- I wish to thank the University of Rochester's Environmental Health Science Center, Community Outreach & Education Programs for allowing RochesterEnvironment.com to present its site to the Community Advisory Board. The Community Advisory Board is "Composed of members of local Rochester-area community organizations, our Community Advisory Board provides a unique forum for discussion of human environmental health issues. The board acts as a community liaison -- obtaining information on community-based environmental issues and concerns, and disseminating information to the community regarding university research and outreach programs."
05/15/01 -- Here is a trend in our government and the Internet that I find very helpful. It shows that it is no problem for our government to keep the public completely informed on matters that touch on our environment. Though this isn't specifically an environmental matter, any construction and developmental project alters our environment and the more we know, the better we can make environmental policies. Anyway, Jack Doyle's message MONROE COUNTY ANNOUNCES CONSTRUCTION PROJECT WEB SITE --Information on Lyndon Road Bridge available online-- highlights the Lyndon Road Bridge Replacement Project and keeps the public informed on what is going on.
05/14/01 -- Here's an interesting idea if you are against George W. Bush's energy policies:
ROLL YOUR OWN BLACKOUT THE FIRST DAY OF SUMMER
JUNE 21, 2001 THURS EVE
7-10pm worldwide, all time zones. - Mark your calendar.
As an alternative to George W. Bush's energy policies and lack of
emphasis on efficiency, conservation and alternative fuels, there
will be a voluntary rolling blackout on the first day of summer,
June 21 at 7pm - 10pm in any time zone (this will roll it across the
Its a simple protest and a symbolic act. Turn out your lights from
7pm-10pm on June 21. Unplug whatever you can unplug in your house.
Light a candle to the Sungoddess, kiss and tell or not, take a
stroll in the dark, invent ghost stories, anything that's not
electric--have fun in the dark.
Read the 1999 book "Natural Capitalism" by Hawken and Lovins to
learn that conservation/high efficiency technologies already ARE
on-the-shelf. If implemented these revolutionary ideas would pay
themselves off within five years, after which we'd be pumping far
less greenhouse gas into the atmosphere and saving bucks to boot.
If you are so inclined, first copy, then forward this email as widely as
possible, to your government
representatives and environmental contacts.
Let them know we want global education, participation and funding in
conservation, efficiency and alternative fuel efforts--and an end to
over-exploitation and misuse of the earth's resources.
Anyone knows that the Cheney-Bush team is blowing smoke when they
tell us that "...conservation can't help, it'll just be too
expensive to implement those technologies..." While on the other
hand, technology to develop and deploy weapons to blow incoming
ICBMs out of the sky are easy to come by.
05/13/01 -- Important info: Fight The Bite Campaign --from the New York State Department of Health. Learn how to protect yourself from the West Nile Virus.
05/13/01 -- I'm relaying these events from The Common Good Planning Center at www.ggw.org/commongood. Tuesday, May 15, "Creating a Vision for Ontario County" with Anton Nelessen. 7:00 p.m. at the Cobblestone Creek Country Club, 100 Cobble Creek Road, Victor, NY Information: Oksana Fuller - (716) 394-2949 Creating a shared vision will be the subject of a lecture and slide presentation by internationally renowned urban planner Anton Nelessen. 2. Friday, May 18, 10th Annual Finger Lakes-Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance Spring Workshop Ramada Geneva Lakefront, Geneva, NY 10:00 - 2:30 p.m. Information: (315) 536-7488, 3. Friday & Saturday, May 18- 19, 9th Annual New York Land Trust Conference Co-hosted by the Genesee Land Trust and the Nature Conservancy Rochester Radisson Inn, 175 Jefferson Road, Information: (518) 587-0774, firstname.lastname@example.org, The conference will focus on issues of urban, suburban and rural sprawl. Rochester Mayor William Johnson is keynote speaker. 4. Thursday-Sunday, June 21-24, "Voices of Change: Lessons from Citizen Planners" Planners Network Conference, University of Rochester River Campus, Information: Michelle Andrews (607) 255-4331 or www.plannersnetwork.org This conference will explore the critical role neighborhood activists and citizen planners are playing in organizing local communities, rebuilding urban neighborhoods, promoting progressive local, state, and national urban policies, and engaging in participatory approaches to urban problem-solving. This will be a highly interactive meeting with lively debates and community-based tours and case studies. 5. Erie County Executive Joel Giambra was recently featured in "Governing Magazine's" lead story. The entire article can be viewed on line at http://www.governing.com/4giambra.htm.
05/13/01 -- Here's a way to help the world from your Internet connection: Webreleaf.com Click the button above to help ENN and American Forests plant Global ReLeaf trees! It's free to you -- every 20 clicks plants a tree to restore the forest ecosystems providing clean air and water for everyone, as well as habitat for endangered species.
05/11/01 -- I'm passing this message on from Health
Track.: Dear Friend: I thought you might be interested in the below
Thanks for your continued interest in Health-Track's efforts. Sincerely, Jim O'Hara Executive Director
05/11/01 -- The city of Rochester must be commended for these measure to help reduce vehicles and increase pedestrian and bike: NEW MEASURES MAKE CITY STREETS & GARAGES MORE "USER FRIENDLY" & SECURE FOR AUTOS, BICYCLES Motorists and bicyclists venturing downtown and to neighborhood commercial areas this Spring can feel more secure about leaving their vehicle behind when they need to continue their excursions on foot, thanks to a host of new initiatives ranging from bicycle lock-up devices to prominently displayed "safe parking" reminder signs. From City Hall, Rochester CITY NEWS RELEASES BY DATE.
05/11/01 -- Interesting: I've been away for a couple of weeks, so I may have missed this story. I doubt it. Has our local media informed us of this news from the DEC? DEC Suspends Open Burning Permits Due to Dry Conditions Urges New Yorkers not to use fires New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Erin M. Crotty today announced that due to unusually dry weather conditions, the agency has stopped issuing restricted open burning permits, which are required in certain regions of the state. In addition, permits that were previously issued are being temporarily suspended until further notice. (Friday, May 11, 2001) Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Press Releases environment.
05/11/01 -- How is NoExit, the group opposing the proposed NYS Thruway exit at Chili, New York, reacting to the news about the proposed soccer stadium near the proposed exit? Find out in their declared statement: DRAFT FLYER ON SOCCER COMPLEX
05/09/01-- I'm back: I've been away for a couple weeks and now I'm back. This weekend I will begin the newsletter again.
04/22/01 -- Events this week: (Get all the details here: http://metaevents.com/RECalendar/calendrome.cgi) Today: 2:00 pm" The Wealth of Cities", 2:00 pm Thousand Acre swamp Earth Day Family Hike; Monday Third Annual Smart Growth Conference, Annual Earth Day Lobby Day, 7:00 pm Lecture: "Our Stolen Future", Wednesday 7:30 pm The flora and fauna of Costa Rica, Friday, 8:00 pm Lecture: Health Care: At What Environmental Cost?, Saturday: Mount Morris Dam tour, 8:00 am Help Clean up Honeoye's Roads, 9:00 am Rabies Clinic - Sweden, 1:30 pm "Earth Day Dialogue for our Future."
04/22/01 -- It is Earth Day 2001:
Earth Day 2001
It is Earth Day, a holiday that commemorates past efforts to keep our planet sustainable and reaffirms our commitment towards this goal. There are many events going on about town to celebrate this day, which probably has been made more poignant this year by the recent anti-environmental measures by George W. Bush. My concern this Earth Day is that it seems increasingly evident that the average citizen is buried in confusion on what environmentalism is—leaving us unable to reach a consensus.
Our news media seem to think that environmentalism is an issue where some are for it and some are not. Our president says that we must use “sound science” to get a balance between our economic and environmental concerns. Environmentalists say we are in trouble, while our politicians seem to go on encouraging development with abandonment. It is easy to get confused when you begin arguing with anyone who is at least a little familiar with the subject and has some “facts” (right or wrong) handy.
I tend to pull away and try and see the big picture. When I hear the president call for fewer controls on air pollution because we have an ‘energy crisis;’ and our local politicians encourage new developments, instead of trying to use existing properties where industries have left their pollution behind, I ask myself some simple questions: How long can we continue to expand and pollute without reaping the consequences? What would it take for us to connect the dots between our behavior and disease outbreaks, climate change, and polluted air and water?I think the answer lies in everyone learning about these important environmental concerns, keeping themselves informed, and asking themselves the hard questions. Our politicians, our employers, developers, polluters, friends, neighbors, and the media, may be able to convince us that we can continue on as we have, heedless of the balance of nature. But nature is immune from our environmental quandaries as it is only a mindless algorithm of cause and effect. Discharge pollutants into the water and air and bad things happen.
04/22/01 -- Get a free local report on Pollution, Gardening, Nature, Recycling. Enter your zip code at this new environmental site: For My World. There are many more services on this great site, including a newsletter you can subscribe too.
04/21/01 -- Check out a new environmental website for the Rochester area: Olga Fleisher Ornithological Foundation, Inc. (OFOF). is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1979 for the preservation of habitat for birds and other wildlife. The philosophy of our foundation was conceived by an awareness of the need to sustain our fragile environment. Our mission has been to protect vulnerable wetlands, lead in wildlife and conservation education, and to facilitate in ecological research. OFOF's Vice President says," We are a small, nonprofit group based in Irondequoit. We're involved in wetland preservation and environmental awareness with a focus on bird habitat. One of the features in our site is information on Huckleberry Swamp. This summer we will complete a board walk complete with observation blinds/towers at the Swamp in North Rose (Wayne County), NY. It's a spectacular wetland with a great suite of bird species year round, but especially during the breeding season. You and your members might want to include it as one of your field trip destinations down the line. Please check out our website (there is a Huckleberry Swamp page)."
04/20/01 -- Earth Day Event: Learn about FTAA and when to attend: Stop the FTAA! They say, "Join us in Buffalo, NY from April 20 to 22, 2001, while the third Summit of the Heads of State of the Americas meets in Quebec City. The summit will principally deal with the creation of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), which would essentially expand NAFTA to all of North and South America."
04/18/01 -- Earth Day Event: We are
hosting an Earth Day event on April 23. Remanufacturing & Recycling in
Rochester: An Earth Day Celebration of Our Success, April 23, 2001,
Rochester Institute of Technology, Center for Integrated Manufacturing
Studies - Building 78, 9a.m. to 4p.m., Open to all - Free admission,
Remanufacturing & Recycling in Rochester will feature 35 different
exhibits from companies who remanufacture or recycle a variety of products:
computers, office furniture, home appliances, cameras, medical equipment,
vacuum cleaners, glass, plastic & tires. They will be explaining how
they incorporate the environment into their business decisions and
practices. There will be token giveaways and alternative-fuel vehicles - an
electric car and a hybrid truck - will be on display. A local recycle artist
will exhibit a sculpture of Cupid & Psyche made from reclaimed
materials. There will also be tours of the National Center for
Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery's laboratories, which feature
environmentally responsible cleaning
equipment, a reverse engineering lab, several ongoing remanufacturing projects and a materials evaluation lab (which is under construction). We are hoping to offer a forum for community members, politicians and businesses talk about environmental solutions - how the environment can go hand in hand with economy. Attendees will have an opportunity to talk to company members as well as representatives from NYS and Monroe County government organizations - Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Environmental Services and Waste Management. Please call me if you have any questions. I'm at 475-5544. Thanks, Erica Curtis, RIT/National Center for Remanufacturing & Resource Recovery, 716.475.5544
04/18/01 -- Earth Day Events, from the Common Good Planning Center:
Two events are taking place this Sunday in honor of Earth Day. Both these
events have a decidedly common good focus and we hope you can attend.
1. At 2:00 p.m. John Norquist, Mayor of Milwaukee will deliver a talk on
"The Wealth of Cities." The talk is being given at 2:00 at the Sports
Arena and Buffalo State College. John Norquist has written a book by the
same title in which he offers a wide array of strategies to sustain urban
vitality. He is prominent in national discussions of urban design and
education. He exhorts city and town planners everywhere to design for
community and to develop mixed-use neighborhoods, which inspire human
interaction. He believes that American cities must take responsibility for
themselves; they need less federal aid and greater awareness of their own
inherent resources, opportunities and advantages. Mayor Norquist has
chaired the National League of Cities Task Force on Federal Policy and
Family Poverty, and currently serves on the boards of the American
Institute of Architects, the Congress for the New Urbanism and the Alliance
for redesigning Government.
2. At 1:30 p.m. there will be an "Earth Day Dialogue for our
will be a time for sharing perspectives and concerns about the natural
world in our region. The Dialogue will be held at the Baha'i Center, 693
East Avenue, in Rochester. The parking lot and entrance are on Oxford
Street. This will be a unique opportunity to explore concerns about living
in and caring for the natural world in our region. Peter Jemison, Manager
of Ganondagan State Historic Site, will share the wisdom of the Senecas who
were the first inhabitants and caretakers of our region. For further
information, please call Sandy & Tom Garland-Standing at 458-4001.
Mary Jeanette Ebenhack
Common Good Planning Center
34 Meigs Street
Rochester, NY 14607
(716) 442-2730 Fax: (800)-858-8245
04/18/01 -- Job Offering: I am passing this job offering from the Water Educational Collaborative:
Part-time Position Description: Administrative Assistant
There is a part-time Administrative Assistant position available at the Water Education Collaborative at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. Those interested may contact Margit Brazda at 271-4552, ext. 320 before May 31, 2001.
Water Education Collaborative
Rochester Museum and Science Center
REPORTS TO: Water Education Collaborative Director
HOURS: Part-time, approximately 13 hours a week for 2001, with a possibility of 18 hours a week for 2002 and beyond; hours/days are very flexible; weekdays, and possibly some weekends and evenings
POSITION SUMMARY: This person is responsible for administrative and clerical work at the Water Education Collaborative.* Work duties may include, but are not limited to, copying, mailings, memos, meeting minutes, purchasing, phone calls, database management, quarterly reports, public outreach, and assistance with program management and special events.
Must have excellent customer service and phone skills, and a love for learning. An interest, or desire to learn about water quality and related environmental issues is important.
*The Water Education Collaborative is a coalition of private and public agencies that combines resources to increase the effectiveness and prevalence of water quality education and outreach. Collaborative projects may include a citizen stream monitoring program, river and stream clean-ups, and other educational programs.
Computer skills in Access database, Microsoft Word, Excel and others (or a strong willingness to learn)
Interpersonal skills and a desire to work with volunteers
Enthusiasm and self-motivation
Excellent communication skills- written and oral
Comfortable with occasional public speaking
Some experience as an office or administrative assistant or clerical staffperson. Knowledge of basic science and some experience with education preferred.
Typing skills and experience with computers is necessary.
04/18/01 -- Event: Workshop on investigating animal cruelty slated The New York State Humane Association, in conjunction with the Humane Society of Monroe County, the county Sheriff's Office and county District Attorney's Office will conduct a workshop on investigating animal cruelty from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. The workshop will be held at the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Road in Perinton. ( April 18, 2001) East Rochester Post
04/17/01 -- Watch this story closely. Will the Bush Administrations anti-environmental acts reach home? Will the Bush Administration reverse the EPA's policy on cleaning up the PCB's in the Hudson River. You have time to make your voice heard: Greens fear Whitman on PCBs HUDSON RIVER: The comment period for a Hudson River dredging plan ends tonight, and many worry about what will come next. Environmentalists are sweating that the new administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency might scuttle the $460-million dredging cleanup of Hudson River PCBs. ( April 17, 2001) The Record Online
04/17/01 -- Here is an excellent community program that I can personally attest to. Each year the HVA cleans up its roadsides: Roadside cleanup set to begin Volunteers are always needed, organizers said. HONEOYE — Along with flowers starting to poke through the ground and birds singing another sign of spring is the annual roadside cleanup in the towns of Richmond, the hamlet of Honeoye, and Canadice. ( April 17, 2001) Daily Messenger.
04/16/01 -- Event: This just in: Environmental health lecture - We would like you to help us publicize an upcoming lecture by environmental scientist/author Dr. Theo Colburn. Dr. Colburn, a principal scientist at the World Wildlife Fund is author of "Our Stolen Future", which chronicles how environmental chemicals, such as PCB's, (known as endocrine disruptors) have wreaked havoc on the development and reproduction of birds, wildlife, and perhaps even humans. Dr. Colburn will be speaking in Hoyt Hall on Monday evening, April 23 at 7:00 PM. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Another special guest that evening will be Ms. Margaret Lee Braun, a local author who has recently published her book, "DES Stories". She will present a photo exhibit at the event. April 2001 marks the 30th anniversary of the medical discovery of the link between DES (diethylstilbestrol) and cancer in daughters of women who took the drug. DES Stories reveals the dramatic impact of DES and illustrates the potential for chemical exposure to change people's lives. Please send this email to any person/group who might be interested in this event. Thank you very much! University of Rochester Environmental Health Sciences Center
04/15/01 -- Events for this Week:
day of action against Trader Joe's! Stop genetically engineered food!
EPA Extends Public Comment Period on Proposed Cleanup Plan EPA has extended the public comment period on the Proposed Plan and supporting documentation by 60 days. 4/18 Take Back the Earth Day! 4/21 County Partners with Towns to Accept Household Hazardous Waste An Earth Day Celebration
04/14/01 -- Important transportation item from the Genesee Transportation Council If you believe that cycling should be an integral part of how we commute and get around in Rochester, this is the time to pipe up.
The GTC is making the Proposed 2001-2006 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Update available for a 10-day follow-up public review (April 12 through April 23, 2001). The purpose of the 10-day follow-up review is to allow the public the opportunity to examine suggested amendments pursuant to comments received during the 30-day public review period.
The TIP lists all transportation projects in Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne, and Wyoming counties receiving federal transportation funds. It is jointly updated by the Genesee Transportation Council (GTC) and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) every two years. The new Transportation Improvement Program encompasses Federal Fiscal Years 2001-2006 (October 1, 2001 to September 30, 2006).
Additional information is available on the 2001-2006 TIP Update page.
04/13/01 -- Important event coming up from the Center For Environmental Information (CEI): Conference, May 2-3, 2001, Washington D.C. Acid Rain: Are the Problems Solved? Congressional leaders, scientists, federal and state officials head the list of speakers at a conference on Acid Rain: Are the Problems Solved?, scheduled for May 2 and 3 at the Holiday Inn Capitol in Washington, D.C.
04/13/01 -- It's Spring! Here's some ideas for our environment this Spring: Eco-friendly Spring Cleaning. The typical American home contains three to 10 gallons of hazardous materials, many of which take the form of cleaning products, polishes and drain openers. Health effects of ingredients in household products can include respiratory problems, eye irritation, cancer and disruption of the endocrine system. In time for spring cleaning, EMS has compiled fact sheets on toxic cleaning products, safer alternatives and expert contacts. Go to http://www.ems.org/household_cleaners/facts.html.
04/13/01 -- Mark you calendars for a great event: Ansel Adams and the Sierra Club. Hugh Mitchell and Dr. Raymond Nelson. Thursday, September 6, 2001 at Curtis Theater, George Eastman House, 900 East Avenue, www.eastman.org 6:30 p.m. Hugh Mitchell, chairperson of the Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club, and Dr. Raymond Nelson, publications director of The Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club, will discuss Ansel Adams and the Sierra Club. This lecture is in conjunction with In Praise of Nature: Ansel Adams and Photographers of the American West. Included with museum admission: $6.50 adults; $5 seniors and students and members free. Programs can be signed for the hearing impaired with one week's advance notice. Events info: 271-3361 ext. 218.
04/12/01 -- This just in from the Sierra Club: The deadline to send in comments to the EPA supporting the Hudson River Cleanup Plan is Tuesday April, 17. If nothing else, please send yours. The e-mail address is: HudsonComment.Region2@epa.gov Please, if you can help, this is our last chance to clean up the Hudson River, For our Families, For our Future.
04/12/01 -- This story, though it's very important, didn't get much play from our local media. Please note that two of the entries where the most toxics are released in our state are in Rochester, NY. So, let me go to the primary news source, the EPA, and post it:
EPA Releases Most Recent Information on Toxic Releases into
New York's Environment
For Immediate Release: Wednesday, April 11, 2001
(#01030) New York, N.Y. - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
today released the most recent
data available about the amount of toxic chemicals released into environment of New York State by industrial and
other facilities. Since 1988, the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) has been released to the public by EPA every
year to help Americans know more about the chemicals present in their local environment and track
environmental trends over time. The data made available today are for releases that took place in 1999.
Toxic releases in New York State of the over 600 chemicals and chemical
categories currently tracked by TRI
from a number of industries (including industries tracked for the first time in 1998), were down from
approximately 68.65 million pounds in 1998 to 61.86 million pounds in 1999. Of the 700 facilities in New
York State reporting toxic releases in 1999, the ten facilities with most releases into the local environment are as
follows (in descending order):
1. ZCA Mines in Gouverneur, St. Lawrence County
2. Chemical Waste Management Chemical Services L.L.C. in Model City, Niagara County
3. Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, Monroe County
4. Finch Pruyn & Co. in Glens Falls, Warren County
5. Southern Energy - Lovett Generating Station in Tompkins Cove, Rockland County
6. NRG Dunkirk Steam Station in Dunkirk, Chautauqua County
7. C.R. Huntley Steam Station in Tonawanda, Erie County
8. Anheuser-Busch Inc. in Baldwinsville, Onondaga County
9. Russel Station in Rochester, Monroe County
10. Samuel Carlson Generating Station in Jamestown, Chautauqua County
Note to reporters: Attached please find EPA's national press release on
the 1999 TRI data release. For more
information about 1999 TRI data for New York State and local communities within the state, please call
Nina Habib Spencer, (212) 637-3670.
04/12/01 -- I love this story: Students buy pollution rights Hobart and William Smith groups get environmental economics lesson -- A colorless and toxic gas, sulfur dioxide smells vaguely like a match just after it's been struck. And two groups at Hobart and William Smith Colleges own the rights to give off a couple of tons of the stuff. (Thursday, April 12, 2001) --DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE Got some extra money? Why not buy up a federal permit allowing for the emission of one ton of sulfur dioxide for a year? This means (provided that you yourself don't send up into the air a ton of this stuff) that it's one less ton pollution companies will not be able to put into our air. Find out all about this at the EPA. Allowance Trading.
04/12/01 -- This news item, largely ignored by our local media, is creating an Environmental Blackout: Bush Proposal Targets Part Of Endangered Species Act --Yahoo News.
04/11/01 -- Instead of carving up our Olmstead Park (Seneca Park) to make way for a great big zoo, why not encourage those who think they need to watch animals to understand their plight to zoo watch online: Here's an interactive online zoo of sorts where you can even move the camera around. SeeMoreWildLife.com.
04/09/01 -- This just in: Dear Friend, See Health-Track's homepage, under Features, for updates on state health tracking initiatives. http://health-track.org/ Thank you, Jim O'Hara, Executive Director
04/09/09 -- This just in: "While fish and shellfish are often touted as healthy alternatives to red meat, the ongoing barrage of bad news about global fisheries may leave you wondering whether to eat fish at all. Do you ever gaze, baffled at coolers full of an amazing array of finny flesh from around the world? Don't you ever wonder where it all comes from? Enough fish to fill up the fish counter, in every grocery store in every town, in every city across the world. The truth is, fish stocks are depleted across the globe, in fact, fisheries have completely collapsed in several places (ex. the maritimes) Many species are on the verge of extinction, yet our insatiable consumption over-rides all logic, and instead of decreasing we increase our consumption. ?Go figure? Do you wonder what the responsible choice is for dinner tonight? If so, this guide is for you." http://zgn.net/fisheries.pdf
New feature on Newsletter:
I’ve been doing RochesterEnvironment.com’s Newsletter so long that even
though it is a very large site with a lot of pages, I’m beginning to
repeat myself. So, instead of
highlighting a page on my site each week, I am going to focus each week on
one of the many fine Rochester-area environmental sites.
Though our environmental problems are grave, the Internet has greatly
increased our ability to communicate and even make changes on these issues.
If you attended the Sierra Club’s Third Environmental Forum you
know that there are a lot of dedicated private and official organizations
monitoring and taking responsibility for our environment.
Let take a look at how their web sites reflect this medium’s
growing influence on our environment in our area.
04/08/01 -- Events coming up this week: 1. April 11th 2001,Time 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Title COMMUNITY GARDEN VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT, Location Edgerton Community Center's Stardust Ballroom, 41 Backus St., Phone Contact 428-6770, Cost free and open to the public, Sponsor City of Rochester, Co-sponsored by FOODLINK. 2. April 12th 2001, Time 6:30, Title The FTAA, NAFTA & the Environment, Location Harlem Road Community Center 4255 Harlem Road Amherst, NY, Phone Contact mailto:email@example.com, Cost Free
04/07/01 -- Here's a chance to do some good: National Marrow Donation Program. The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) is the international leader in the facilitation of unrelated marrow and blood stem cell transplantation. A non-profit organization based in Minneapolis, Minn., the NMDP facilitates unrelated marrow and blood stem cell transplants for patients with life-threatening diseases who do not have matching donors in their families. Since its founding in 1986, the NMDP has facilitated approximately 12,000 unrelated transplants for patients with blood disorders, such as leukemia and aplastic anemia, as well as certain immune system and genetic disorders.
04/07/01 -- I wish to thank City Newsweekly (April 4-10) for publishing my article The Great Reversal. Although, then carved it up a bit, (the full version is here) I am indebted for City for its continual excellent and comprehensive environmental coverage in our city. In my humble opinion, City is the most environmentally responsible media (paper, radio, TV) in our community. I'm hoping their excellent and responsible publication will soon be online.
04/06/01 -- Like photographing our local environment? Here's a great idea: PHOTOGRAPHING ENVIRONMENTAL TREASURES could net cash Awards PDF Link: Photo contest.pdf The Monroe county Environmental Management Council (EMC) is sponsoring an Environmental Photography Competition and Show to portray aspects of the county's natural surroundings.
04/06/01 -- Don't forget to chime in on our area's environment. This from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: The public can comment on the revised zoo plan and the draft environmental impact statement through April 20. Comments can be sent to Scott Leathersich, senior physical services planner, Monroe County Engineering Division, 50 W. Main St., Rochester, NY 14614. The draft environmental statement is on the county Web site, www.co.monroe.ny.us.
04/06/01 -- Our NYS Superfund monies are on hold until the deadlock between our Governor and Legislature work out the details. In the mean time, find out what the NATIONAL Sierra Club's Ten Principles for a Superfund Program that Protects Public Health and the Environment.
04/06/01 -- The Sierra Club's Third Environmental forum, yesterday, brought together over one hundred people to learn about our area's environmental groups and biotechnology. One participant, a representative of one of the thirty groups attending, spoke to the gathering about how proud she was to be a part of this very successful program. This Environmental Forum, the third now, attempts to allow our very effective Rochester-area groups to network with each other and offers the public invaluable information about what is being accomplished by them. There were many booths with displays and representatives explaining their missions. I myself gathered as much material as I could within the hour we had to browse and talk with the groups. Over the next few weeks, I will try and assimilate the information I collected and try to steer you to as much of it as I can online. Mary Howell Martens, the main speaker for the event, gave an excellent encapsulation of biotechnology and how it will change the landscape of organic food production for farmers and the public. She spoke eloquently and in great detail about how organic farming with be affected by the new advances in biotechnology and answered many questions on the subject. If you missed this program, you can still meet the participants and learn about biotechnology here.
04/05/01 -- Event: COMMUNITY GARDEN VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT "Green thumbs" interested in becoming involved with community gardening, meeting fellow gardeners and/or enriching their gardening knowledge are invited to attend a Pot Luck Dinner and Informational Meeting, 6-8 p.m., Wed., April 11, Edgerton Community Center's Stardust Ballroom, 41 Backus St.-- City of Rochester.
04/05/01 -- Event: An Earth Day Celebration will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat., April 21, at Turning Point Park and Nature Area, 370 Boxart St. in Charlotte. The event, which includes numerous free activities, will be co-sponsored by the City of Rochester and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County, 4-H Program and will include walks, games, music and demonstrations aimed at entertaining families while educating them about the natural environment. (Thursday, April 5, 2001) City of Rochester
04/04/01 -- One of the great benefits of getting your news from the Internet is being able to get primary information--that is from the source, instead of the media. Here is a document from the NYS Department of Health (it's seventy-eight pages) of particular importance to us: Draft New York State West Nile Virus Response Plan April, 2001 This document is the 2001 plan that the New York State Department of health, working in conjunction with other state agencies, local health departments, new York City, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has developed to minimize the impact of West Nile Virus in New York State. --from the NYS Dept. of Health.
04/03/01 -- Think it doesn't matter if our Superfund has run out of money? Think again: Cleanup awaiting state aid CATSKILL - State officials are waiting for funding before moving forward with the cleanup of two hazardous waste sites used by the former Catskill Chrome Plating Co., a state Department of Environmental Conservation spokesman says. Last week's one-year anniversary of the cleanup plan was marked by an announcement that money is not available for work at new state Superfund sites. ( April 3, 2001) Daily Freeman.com
04/03/01 -- It's back. Time to think about The West Nile Virus, as WHEC reminds us: Spring season means return of mosquitoes - The West Nile Virus is carried by mosquitoes and can be deadly. There are some things you can do now to gear up before the mosquito season starts. ( April 3, 2001) 10NBC/WHEC TV-10
04/1/01 -- Over thirty Rochester-area groups will be presenting their work at the very popular Third Environmental Forum, sponsored by he Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club. Be sure to set aside this Thursday evening - April 5th, 6:30-10 pm, 1st Unitarian Church, 220 So. Winton Rd. South--and find out what these groups are accomplishing. Also, there will be a keynote lecture: Keynote speech: Mary Howell-Martens: Biotechnology: An Organic Farmer's Perspective Plus: Over 20 booths by Environmental organizations and government agencies. Plus: Brief descriptions of more than 20 environmental groups; concerns, issues, membership. Plus: Networking, food, beverages, free admission, friends, projects, etc., etc.