Updates July-Aug 06
Volunteers collected and disposed of over two tons of trash from 47 miles of shoreline: Volunteers worked in teams to pick up litter and also record the types and amount of trash found. This data is entered into a national database that you can access at: www.alsnyc.org .
Clean-up locations will again be: Hamlin Beach, Durand Eastman Beach, Turning Point Park, Ontario Beach park (Charlotte), Webster Park, Braddock Bay Park and the Seth Green Drive fishing site. Clean up begins at 9 a.m. at all locations and is followed by a free "trash bash" at Durand Eastman Park. Enjoy a picnic lunch, games, prizes, and entertainment to celebrate your efforts.
This event is sponsored internationally by The Ocean Conservancy and throughout NYS by the American Littoral Society. Locally in the City of Rochester and Monroe County it is a true community effort, organized and coordinated with the support from local business and town municipalities.
Walk-ins are welcome!! Registration is completed at cleanup sites as indicated below:
Durand Eastman: Beach Captain Jamie Romeo (585) 309-8148 or (585) 753-1930
Hamlin Beach: Beach Captain Hilary Richardson (585) 395-5966
Seth Green Fishing Access: Beach Captain Ray Littlefield (585) 428-6523
Ontario Beach Park (Charlotte): Beach Captain Michael Parker (585) 621-2461
Turning Point Park: Beach Captain Brian Slack (585) 454-0190
Webster Park: Beach Captain Amy Crosby (585) 787-1002
Braddock Bay Park: Beach Captain June Summer (585) 865-6047
Volunteers may receive site information by contacting staff at the City of Rochester Recreation and Youth Services Department, 585-428-6770. Please note volunteers will be placed in contact with assigned Site Captains.
TO: Environmental & Community Organizations in NYS — As summer comes to a close, there are more and more meetings being scheduled around NYS to explore, discuss, and debate wind energy development. Please pass on this information to members of your organizations and consider attending the events list below. Also, after the UPCOMING EVENTS is a new section: SEQRA DECISIONS AND WIND PROJECT MILESTONES, see below.
8/22: Public Comments Deadline. August 22 is the last day for public comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed wind farm (86 1.5MW turbines) in the Town of Sheldon, Wyoming County, NY. A public hearing on this EIS was held 8/1. Copies of the EIS are available for review on www.Highsheldonwind.com and for more information, see http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/enb2006/20060705/not9.html Comments can go to Gertrude Hyman, Town of Sheldon, 1380 Centerline Road, Sheldon, NY 14145, (585) 535-7644
8/25: Offer Expiring. New York Interfaith Power and Light, an organization promoting faithful and just stewardship of God's creation through energy conservation and the use of renewable energy, is offering free of charge to any congregation requesting, a copy of An Inconvenient Truth. If there’s a way you can help spread the word…please do! This offer ends on August 25th. Congregations can simply go to the website and send their information.www.nyipl.org
8/28: Public Comment for Windfarm Prattsburgh.The last date for submitting comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the UPC Windfarm Prattsburgh is August 28, 2006. Written comments can be sent to James P. Sherron - Executive Director - Steuben County Industrial Development Agency (SCIDA), 7234 Route 54 North, PO Box 393, Bath, NY. 14810-0393. This DEIS has been accepted by the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency, as lead agent under SEQRA, as complete. See the DEIS at http://www.windfarmprattsburgh.com/about-rr.php -
8/29: Wind Energy Conference. The Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board is holding a Regional Wind Conference on 8/29, 9:00 am–2:00 pm at the Erie 2 BOCES LoGuidice Center in Fredonia, NY. Presentations will be targeted to municipal officials and planners and will cover wind energy topics such as planning, construction, agricultural impacts, zoning, and the State Environmental Quality Review Act. For more information, contact Dan Reynolds, Regional Environmental Analyst, at 716-945-5301 firstname.lastname@example.org.
8/31: Energy Expo – Croton-on-Hudson. Citizens Campaign for the Environment is hosting New York Kicks the Barrel on Oil Addiction! August 31, in Croton-on-Hudson, with a variety of renewable and alternative energy companies, including a presentation on wind energy by Noble Environmental Power. Congresswoman Sue Kelly will be speaking and receiving an award for her leadership. Tuesday, August 31, 2006, 11:00am-2:00pm, Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Contact Megan Smith, Citizens Campaign for the Environment: email@example.com or (914) 997-0946.
8/31: Seminar - Wind Works 4 LI is sponsoring a talk on the European experience with offshore wind power by Mr. Jens Larsen, Environment and Energy Adviser, Copenhagen Environment and Energy Office. Huntington Cinema Arts Center, 423 Park Ave, Huntington, NY 11743 at 8 p.m. on August 31st. For more information, please contact Kasey at firstname.lastname@example.org
9/7: Meeting – Buffalo Wind Action Group. The next Wind Action Group meeting is Thursday, September 7th at 5:30 at 812 Main in Buffalo. All welcome!
9/13-14: AWEA Wind Resource Assessment Workshop. This is a two day technical workshop in Syracuse (with a registration cost) sponsored by the American and Canadian Wind Energy Associations. For more information, see http://www.awea.org/events/wra/.
9/15: Comments Due for West Hill Wind Farm - The last day to submit comments on the West Hill Wind Farm, proposed for the Town of Stockbridge, is September 19th. Comments should be sent to Patricia Smith, Town of Stockbridge, 6193 Valley Mill Street, Munnsville, NY 13409, phone: (315) 495-6581. See below for more information. .
9/19: Wind Power Presentation - Oakfield. On September 19th at 7 pm there will be a presentation on wind power for the town of Oakfield, NY and interested members of the public, at the high school.
9/26-27: Empire Energy and Environmental Expo. The Environmental Business Association of New York State, Inc. (EBA/NYS) will host the 6th Annual Empire Energy & Environmental Exposition (E4) in Syracuse, New York on September 26th and 27th, 2006. See: EBA Conference
9/28: Wind Power Forum. On September 28th from 7-9 p.m., the Citizens Campaign for the Environment and UB Green is sponsoring a public forum on wind energy at the University of Buffalo. The public is very welcome. For more information contact Brian Smith email@example.com.
10/3: Wind Power Forum. On October 3rd from 7-9 p.m., the Citizens Campaign for the Environment is hosting a public forum on wind energy at Warsaw High School in the Town of Warsaw in Wyoming County. For more information contact Brian Smith firstname.lastname@example.org.
10/9: Public Hearing – Dairy Hills Wind Farm. Wyoming County - The Town of Perry Town Board, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Dairy Hills Wind Mill Project and will hold a public hearing on the Draft EIS on October 9, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fireman's Building, Village Park, Lake Street, Perry, NY. The public comment period ends November 29, 2006. See below (SEQRA Decisions) for more information.
SEQRA Decisions & Wind Project Milestones
Orleans County- The Town of Ridgeway, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Town of Ridgeway Local Law No. 3 of 2006 - Moratorium on Wind Energy Deriving Towers, Wind Energy Conversion Systems, Meterorological Towers and Transmission Facilities Law will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. This local law prohibits the approval and construction of wind energy towers, systems and transmission facilities in the town of Ridgeway for a one year period, excluding irrigation windmills and pond aeration windmills under 35 feet in height. During the moratorium, the Town of Ridgeway will prepare zoning amendments (or a local law) regulating the future construction of wind energy towers, systems and facilities in the town. Contact: Brian P. Napoli, Town of Ridgeway, 410 West Avenue, Medina, NY 14103, phone: (585) 798-0730.
Wyoming County - The Town of Perry Town Board, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Dairy Hills Wind Mill Project. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on October 9, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fireman's Building, Village Park, Lake Street, Perry, NY. The public comment period ends November 29, 2006. The action involves the construction of a wind-powered generating facility consisting of up to 60 wind turbines, each with a maximum height of 410 feet, which includes a system of 21 miles of gravel access roads, a 38 mile system of buried electrical cable, a 290-foot by 435-foot substation and two permanent 262-foot tall meterorological towers. The project is located in the Towns of Perry, Covington and Warsaw. Contact: James Brick, Town of Perry, 22 South Main Street, P. O. Box 205, Perry, NY 14530, phone: (585) 237-2241, fax: (585) 237-3074
Wyoming County - The Town of Eagle Town Board, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Wind Mill Project. The action involves the construction and operation of an approximately 100 megawatt (MW) wind energy park in the Town of Eagle, including the installation and operation of 67 wind turbines within an approximately 5071-acre area, construction and use of 16 miles of access roads, construction and use of an electrical collection system with approximately 7.1 miles of overhead lines and 16.7 miles of underground lines, construction and use of a new substation on a 1.5-acre parcel that will tie into an existing 115-kV line, and construction and use of a 5.5 mile overhead transmission line that will connect to the newly constructed substation and an existing substation in the Town of Arcade, NY. Contact: Joseph Kushner, Town of Eagle, 3560 Main Street, Bliss, NY 14066, phone: (585) 322-7730, fax: (585) 322-9276.
Madison County - The Town of Stockbridge, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed West Hill Wind Farm. Public comment period ends September 15, 2006. The action involves construction and operation of a wind-powered electric generating facility in the Towns of Stockbridge, Smithfield and Lincoln, Madison County, NY. The facility comprises of 25 wind turbines, access roads, electric utility lines, substation, and related infrastructure. Contact: Patricia Smith, Town of Stockbridge, 6193 Valley Mill Street, Munnsville, NY 13409, phone: (315) 495-6581.
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,email@example.com. (The same address should be used if you wish to be added or removed from the list.)
Written public comments will become part of a public record that may be posted on the IJC’s website or otherwise made available to the public. The IJC requests that people who submit comments provide contact information so that the IJC can inform them of the outcome of the process. To protect the privacy of any person submitting comment, the IJC will remove the following identifying information from the incoming communication before making the comment available to the public: email address, street address, post office box, zip code, postal code, telephone number and fax number. The following identifying information will remain part of the record that is made available to the public: name, organizational affiliation, city, and state/province.
The Commission will hold public hearings after making a preliminary decision on changes to the current regulation plan and Orders of Approval. The times and locations will be announced. For more information, visit the Commission’s website at www.ijc.org
I like the idea of a community conducting a survey on biking in their town. During some (according to your comfort zone (for some that includes winter)) portion of the year, it is possible to commute to work by bike. In these days of heightened awareness of energy (gas prices) consumptions, you cannot beat a bike for its positive effects on global warming. But, biking commuters constitute only a fraction of those on bike, for most are recreational bikers and most of them kids—at least where I live in the city of Rochester.
So, from my point of view most bikers use the sidewalk (despite a recent hike in the amount of summons handed out by the police for doing so) because it's far safer for them than riding on city streets where disdainful, cellar-phone-using car drivers don't give bikers much respect. I like the idea of widened shoulders for bikers because it is the only practical way to have vehicular traffic and bikers to ride on the same street.
Bikers should ride in the road and obey all traffic rules. That’s the law. However, they don't and they don't because competing with cars for road space is a major challenge for most. Yet, a growing menace is bikers on our sidewalks. This common use of bikes is a nuisance and a danger to pedestrians. Also, car drivers, who are not usually expecting fast-moving traffic on the sideways, have to pay special attention to sidewalk biker who ignore all traffic signals and don’t use lights at night.
I believe that wider shoulders with designated biking lanes is the only answer for biking safety in any of our towns and cities because no matter how hard the law clamps down on bikers who use the sidewalk or car drivers who don't give way to bikers, or bikers who don't obey any laws, most don't feel safe riding their bikes in traffic--with good reason. So, I applaud Penfield for taking this issue seriously and I hope that all communities carefully consider this matter. I would like to see all streets in and around all our towns and cities have wide shoulders for biking. If this were done correctly, that is, so bikers felt safe on our roadways, enough people may take to the roads to save some energy and pollution caused by vehicular traffic.