Updates March - May 2000
- 5/31/00-- How much do you know about wetlands? Take the Wetlands
Quiz from Enn.com
- 5/31/00-- There is a new disease on the horizon that we should be on the
lookout for. All
About Hantavirus Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) has been
recognized as a disease only recently in North America. So far, it's also
fairly uncommon and the chances of becoming infected are low. However, HPS
is potentially deadly and immediate intensive care is essential once
symptoms appear. National Center for Infectious Diseases
- 5/31/00-- I applaud today's Rochester Democrat and Chronicle's
editorial: Report Illegal Dumping. They say, and I
agree, "Call 911 when motorists are spotted illegally discarding
- 5/30/00--- Just came across this great service for Monroe County
HAZARDOUS WASTE (HHW) COLLECTION PROGRAM The Monroe County Department
of Environmental Services (DES) operates a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)
collection program where county residents can drop off unusable/unwanted
household chemicals free of charge for proper disposal or recycling.
- 5/30/00-- I have located a major addition to our areas environmental
news coverage online:
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region
2 News Releases. Major Internet connection for environmental
news pertaining to our area.
- 5/30/00-- New
action item from the
MAY 11, 2000 -- EPA SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON PRELIMINARY RISK ASSESSMENT
FOR MALATHION EPA will review all comments received and then publish a
revised risk assessment this Fall. The revised risk assessment will also
be made available for public comment. At the same time, EPA will open a
60-day public comment period to invite possible risk mitigation ideas and
proposals. Copies of the preliminary risk assessment are available on
EPA's web site at: www.epa.gov/pesticides/op/malathion.htm
or by calling the Pesticide Docket at 703-305-5805.
- 5/28/00-- Not much time, but please act on this:
SAND TANK MOUNTAINS
The Sand Tank Mountains, covering 80,000 spectacular acres in southwest
Arizona, is one of several large chunks of the Sonoran Desert that the US
Department of Defense (DOD) oversaw, but no longer needs. The Bureau of
Land Management (BLM) was charged last year with evaluating how best to
manage these desert lands. But the BLM apparently is refusing to inventory
the Sand Tanks for wilderness potential, and they need to hear from you. Send your comments to the BLM at
I have created a new
- 5/27/00-- I have submitted this letter to the editor of City
Spula's article on the two proposed Thruway exits near
Rochester is an excellent encapsulation of the situation here. Jack hits the
mark as he describes how-despite the lack of need for such ruinous projects
(for our population is not increasing)--they occur regardless because big
businesses have the political and economic clout to threaten the tax base if
they don't get what they want. Urban sprawl presents
an almost apocalyptic process here in Rochester and around the world that
cannot be stopped-despite how they negatively impact residents and
established businesses-because we fail to see the long-term consequences.
Still, there is another certainty that Spula did not
touch upon, and most who are against the expansion of more roads rarely
mention because it is extremely unfashionable to do so. It is gradual and
persistent destruction of our environment that the encroachment of our way
of life wreaks on the environment. As confirmed by more and more scientists,
we are presently living in the Sixth
Great Mass Extinction-a time analogous to that period that destroyed the
dinosaurs sixty-five million years ago when a sizable percent of the species
at that time went extinct.
Somehow, we have allowed ourselves to nurture the idea
that extinctions like these are inevitable and that we are not the cause.
But, we are. The problem is that we have not developed a sensible economy,
one that does not treat our environment as a limitless resource. And, the
problem is made more difficult to see by developers and the public because
we approve of such projects only in the context of our situation, not the
bigger picture that these developments are accumulative, growing
exponentially around the world.
Most scoff when the environmental factor in these issues
of man's incessant expansion upon Nature come up. It makes me think of the
very truth depicted in The Emperor's New Clothes, a brutally honest reality
that is authentic, but no one wishes to discuss. As our environment
disintegrates, this great extinction due to our own choices so does our
ability to survive. The illusion, created by our own prowess in medical and
technological advances, that we are living longer, healthier, and better has
profoundly clouded the most obvious certainty: We have not conquered Nature,
we have only pulled back the trigger farther on the mechanism that will kill
- 5/25/00-- I have created a statewide petition for our dwindling
Superfunds: Help send a message to the Governor that our Superfund is
running out of money: NY Superfund Faces Shortfall
- 5/25/00-- American Lung Association's
State of the Air
2000: They can't mean Rochester can they? Half
of urban areas flunk smog test Lung Association argues the health of
millions is still at risk Check the statistics for Monroe County here: http://www.lungusa.org/air2000/sota_tables.PDF
- 5/25/00-- You just have to see this incredible web site by Kodak:
Falcons: Visit the Peregrine falcon chicks on the Kodak Web cam.
- 5/24/00-- This just in: Please attend your local Forest Service hearing
to comment on the Forest Service roadless area policy. To find the closest
hearing to your home, please visit our Sierra Club web site. http://www.sierraclub.org/wilderness/WildForest/Index.asp
- 5/24/00-- Nature's mistake: It was once thought that
wetlands were Nature's mistake, so foul, disease-ridden, and impossible to
navigate that the perfect creator had somehow messed up. But, we now know
that our wetlands are our environment's kidneys, filtering out impurities
from the water and putting critical nutrients back into the soil. They
also provide a habitat for a strategic concentration of plants and
animals. If you were at the Rochester
Regional Group of the Sierra Club's presentation, Saving
Our Threatened Wetlands, last Thursday you had a treat. The League of
Women.. presented a splendid model of a wetland used for instructing
children on how wetlands work. The model allows viewers a clear
description of the disasters effects on our environment when wetlands are
destroyed or when development fails to curb the pollutants that naturally
gravitate to these valuable parts of our environment. The meeting was
followed by the committee's leader, George Parker, who explained that the
Sierra Club has been vigorously learning about wetlands and how to save
them. If you are interested in learning about the wetlands in your area
and helping to save these important environmental features, please contact
the Sierra Club: http: Also, if you are a teacher or a member of a group
who would like to understand the operation of our wetlands better, contact
the The League of Women Voters
Rochester Metropolitan Area and they will present your group with a
- 5/23/00-- The D&C is to be commended for its excellent series on
CHILDREN IN DANGER: LEAD'S THREAT: Remodelers,
agencies strive to remove lead from homes New regulations and
federal funds for cleanup go toward curbing harmful effects (May 23, 2000)--DEMOCRAT AND
- 5/22/00-- Swimming season is near. How safe are our beaches.
The EPA has just conducted a major survey on beach pollution at Beach
- 5/17/00-- Lyme Disease could be on the rise this year: State
Health Department officials are warning area residents that they expect an
increase in the population of deer ticks throughout Western New York,
meaning that Lyme disease could infect many more New Yorkers this year
than the 4000 infected last year. 5/17/00-- The
Town Crier Canandaigua Area News Also: Warm
weather brings an increase of deer ticks The warmer than normal
weather is drawing a larger number of insects across the state, including
deer ticks. -5/16/00--TOP
NEWS From WHEC, and MSNBC For more
information on Lyme disease go there:
- 5/17/00-- This environmental story today hits home: EPA
Links Dioxin to Cancer in Humans -(May 17, 2000)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - "The Clinton administration will soon release
a new report which concludes for the first time that the highly toxic
chemical compound dioxin causes cancer in humans, the Washington Post
reported on Wednesday. One source likely to be targeted in the future
is uncontrolled residential waste burning, such as burning trash in back
yards, particularly in rural areas, the Post said, quoting EPA
briefing papers." Several of our communities around Rochester permit
the open burning trash and we must put an end to this practice.
- 5/17/00-- Don't forget, tomorrow, Thursday, May 18th:
our Threatened Wetlands: at Third Presbyterian Church. Presented by the
Sierra Club Wetlands Committee.
See you there.
- 5/16/00-- Sprawl is a major concern for our area: Residents
oppose plan for Thruway PHELPS - Town and village residents
resoundingly voiced their opposition Monday night to a proposed Thruway
interchange for Route 88.
May 16, 2000 Finger
Lakes Times; Thruway
exit draws opposition at hearing Plan's critics cite the
increased traffic expected in Phelps (May 16, 2000)--DEMOCRAT AND
Road Not Taken...Yet The New York State Thruway may have another
million-dollar project--a new Thruway exit. (May 16, 2000)
- 5/16/00-- Major stories on lead poisoning on the Internet today: Lead
casts wider danger, study says Former Rochester doctor finds
element at levels below current standard harms kids (May 16, 2000)--DEMOCRAT AND
exposure linked to delinquency --Enn.com News
I have created a new page on
and will keep abreast of news stories on this topic and all the
- 5/16/00-- Looking for a summer job in the environmental field? Jobs
for the Environment: NYPIRG is hiring students, recent grads, and
others for grassroots community outreach all across New York state.
- 5/15/00-- I've submitted this to the Democrat and Chronicle
Could the Democrat and Chronicle be more dismissive than its
description of the Green Party ("The group that brought us actor
Grandpa Al Lewis from the TV series The Munsters as a
gubernatorial candidate in 1998") last Sunday? I do not recall
Rochester’s monopolistic print media description of the Reagan years as
that administration which brought us Bedtime For Bonzo.
As the article in question was about one of the
"unconventional" choices on the Green Party’s primary ballot
in September, there was no need for this senseless snipe— just the ugly
spectacle of the D&C muscleman kicking sand in the face of an
alternative voice. The Green Party in New York, and in other states and
countries, has long fought hard for the civil rights of the poor and
preserving the health of our environment.
The Democrat and Chronicle should have learned by now that there is a
difference between reporting and editorializing: the first is to write
about or provide an account or a summation for publication or broadcast.
The second is an article in a publication expressing the opinion of its
editors or publishers. Irresponsible reporting is when a major publication
intentionally blurs the distinction between the two.
- 5/15/00-- Learn about his valuable program from the The League of Women
Rochester Metropolitan Area: Wetlands
Project The program includes an interactive model ( see
drawing to the left ) of a wetland that will demonstrate the functions and
values of wetlands and the impact of human activities on the wetlands. The
table-top model shows the role of wetlands, houses, lawns, trees, roads,
buildings and a shopping mall. Sponges act as wetlands; water, powders and
colored liquids are used to simulate mud, rainfall, and additives such as
salt, fertilizers and pesticides. Children will be able to make changes to
the environment and observe the impacts. The model demonstrates wetlands
functions such as water holding and absorption capacities, flood
reduction, erosion control, sediment trapping and filtering, and wild life
habitat. A 12 minute slide show presenting local wetlands, state and
federal regulations is also available; use of the slide show is optional
since it will appeal more to older children and adults.This presentation
is primarily designed for children in primary grades and the presentation
is made by members of the League of Women Voters.
- 5/14/00-- This is the most alarming environmental news story of the
say 138 world primate species endangered --CNN.com Nature. How
could we have allowed this?
- 5/13/00-- Do you live in Brighton?
OF A WORKING DRAFT OF THE OPEN SPACE AND
RECREATION PLAN -- MONDAY, MAY 22 AT 7:00 PM
- 5/13/00-- Just began a new page on the use and misuse of
- 5/11/00-- This was handed to me: "Put a Label On
it" Monday, May 15th 5:45 - 6:30 Pittsford Wegmans. "Join
us as we leaflet Wegmans, demanding that they label food with genetically
engineered ingredients. For question contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 5/11/00-- Learn more about Global Warming in the news from Sierra Club: GLOBAL
- 5/11/00- Word just in from Congresswoman
Louise Slaughter about my E-mailing her about the Land and Water
Conservation Fund (L.W.C.F ) . (The U.S. government established the
L.W.C.F as a way to devote its share of offshore oil royalties to advance
conservation efforts, and specifically to acquire recreation space)
The congresswoman agrees that this program be funded.
- 5/10/00-- If you care about our waterfront, set aside May 24th, at 1PM
until 4:30 PM for MERGING ECONOMY AND ECOLOGY ON
- 5/10/00-- Is your community considering the plow asunder the last
vestiges of green in your community? Read
A Little Land.
- 5/10/00-- Could a new disease be spreading to our area?
Find out: CDC answers your questions about WEST
NILE ENCEPHALITIS. Also,
clouds warm days The deadly West Nile virus may have survived
winter and could spread upstate (May 10, 2000)--DEMOCRAT AND
- 5/10/00-- If you did not attend the
Annual Smart Growth Conference in Albany on May 4th, here's a little
rundown of what transpired.
- 5/09/00-- I applaud the editors of the paper version of the Rochester
Democrat and Chronicle today for their very strong message to the Pataki government
in: Don't Let up on toxic Cleanups. With over 800 toxic sites
around the state and maybe 45 in Monroe County alone, this is no time for
our government to allow the Superfund to go dry.
By Thursday May 11, 2000,
if you are opposed to
the loss of Seneca Park to expand the zoo, please write a letter to:
- 5/09/00-- Be sure to attend: Wednesday, May 24--Merging Economy
and Ecology on the Waterfront. Presentation by Elizabeth Benson, Executive
Director of the Toronto Waterfront Regeneration Trust. Sponsored jointly
by Common Good Planning Center, Downtown Community Forum, and Rochester
Area Community Foundation. Noon to 1:30 pm, Dugan Center, 15 St. Mary's
Place, Rochester. Event is free, but registration required: call CGPC at
442-2730 to reserve.
- 5/08/00-- Think about attending this event: Governor Pataki’s Quality Community Task force has begun (headed up by the Lt.
Governor). The first step they are doing is gathering public testimony. They are coming to Rochester May 16th, Tuesday from 11am to 2 pm at
Nazareth College. We were told that people could just sign up at the door in order to speak.
- 5/08/00-- Interested in hiking in the Rochester area? Try
this book: Title: Take A Hike! Family Walks in the Rochester Area
(Second Edition) Author: Rich and Sue Freeman, ISBN: 0-9656974-7-9 (trade
- 5/08/00-- Wish to be a part of Rochester's evolution? Check out: Brainstorming
downtown Daylong think tank of residents, architects to set
course (May 8, 2000)--DEMOCRAT AND
- 5/02/00-- Want to get an idea of how much green is left in Monroe
County, check here: A
topographical map of Rochester-- from The United States Geological
- 5/02/00-- Are biotech foods more safe now that the US government updated
its laws? Find out today at MSNBC.com: U.S.
to add oversight on biotech food Critics of genetically modified food
say proposal inadequate
- 5/01/00-- Have you heard of carbon sequestration? Find out here: Disposing
of carbon dioxide to fight global warming--from Cnn.com
- 5/01/00-- From the Clean Air Network: The results are in! Earth
Day 2000 Survey results Five hundred
individuals responded to the informal internet-based survey. Consisting of
eight questions, the survey measured Americans’ general concern about
air pollution, knowledge about sources of air pollution, and Americans’
willingness to pay for cleaner air.
- 5/01/00-- Just in from STATE OF NEW YORK, EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT, ADIRONDACK PARK
AGENCY Final Action with respect to
classification for the William C. Whitney Area to Wilderness, Classify the Department of Environmental Conservation Little
Tupper Lake Headquarters Area to State Administrative Use, Reclassify the Lake Lila Primitive Area,
the Watson's East Triangle/Lassiter area, and the Alice Brook area.
- 4/30/00-- Just in: a letter from Congress person Louise M. Slaughter
thanking me for expressing my opinion on the legislation to restore the
This just in: Congratulations!
Care2.com, the world's largest
environmental portal, has selected your website to receive our Hot
Eco-Site Award for outstanding environmental websites! Its feature
time is set for April 24-30 and it will thereafter be available in our
archives and our environmental search engine. We feel that your website, Rochester
Environment, is an important contribution to environmental awareness."
Here's what they say online, "Even though you may not live in
Rochester, New York, Rochester Environment is a website to watch. The site
informs and inspires local environmental action. Also, visit practical,
philosophical, and kids' areas for facts and fun. With searchable
environmental news and daily messages, this is an interactive way for a
city to organize its environmental efforts!"
- 4/28/00-- If you attended the Seneca Park Zoos new master plan meeting
at the Rochester Museum & Science Center's Eisenhart Auditorium, you
had a chance to hear the four proposals for expanding the Seneca Zoo and
air your views. I did and the D&C published my remarks here: Zoo
takes peek into future Architect unveils a master plan with
four options, including 20-year expansion (April 28, 2000) --DEMOCRAT AND
were many people who presented excellent arguments for both expanding and
limiting the growth of Seneca Zoo and I was impressed at the
professionalism on both sides. I personally think we shouldn't
expand a zoo into our limited parks space in Monroe County. A
representative (sorry I didn't get her name) made an excellent proposal to
use an adjacent parking lot not used by Kodak to shuttle visitors to the
zoo and back--instead of tearing down the park for a larger parking
- 4/27/00-- This just in: Monroe County Water Authority (MCWA)
Annual Water Quality Report (CCR) is available on MCWA’s web page at www.mcwa.com.
The 1999 Report will be mailed to each MCWA customer around May 31.
- 4/27/00-- Be a part of development in Rochester: The meeting is tonight.
Invited To Offer Ideas For Zoo Improvements The public will get
its say Thursday night on the future of our local zoo --04/27/00
- 4/25/00-- More good news for RochesterEnvironment.com: We
are now listed in a very good Internet site about all that goes on in the
Rochester and Finger Lake area: "I have
linked your RochesterEnvironment site to mine in two Subjects: Outdoor
Activities and Local
Directories. Need to know something
about Rochester? About.com
Guide to Rochester and the Finger Lakes NY
- 4/24/00-- RochesterEnvironment.com's
newsletter just went out. Subscribe to RochesterEnvironment
Once a week, get RochesterEnvironment.com in your mail. Your time is
important, and so is our environment, so instead of stopping by
RochesterEnvironment.com to get all the news, updates, services, events,
and alerts yourself, have them delivered to you. Another advantage of this
group is Rochester-area environmental events are posted on our calendar
and reminders sent to each as the event comes up.
- 4/23/00-- RochesterEnvironment.com has been accepted into the Sustainability
Web Ring--web sites that deal with the principles, policies, and best
practices for sustainable development.
- 4/23/00-- Learn about one of the most devastating environmental
problems--Urban Sprawl. Find out how the
dumb cycle works and how the
- 4/23/00--Earth Day warning:
- 4/22/00-- This just in: News for Trail Nuts! The Friends of the Genesee
Valley Greenway (FOGVG) website has been updated with a new "Photo
Gallery" section, press releases regarding recent grants that will
allow the FOGVG and it's partners to complete the dream of a 90 mile
rail-trail, and information about the upcoming "National Trails Day
2000"! Visit our website at: http://www.netacc.net/~fogvg
I've created a new
web page: Bicycle Commuting. We should
look seriously at the possibility of bikes being an integral part of our
community's commute to work. Bikes have changed. We have changed. Our
environment has certainly altered since our love affair with the internal
combustion engine, making the bicycle a reasonable alternative to our
- 4/20/00-- Also, find out more about Earth
Day 2000 form Care2.com
- 4/20/00-- Learn about the full story of Earth
Day 2000 online from Cnn.com: Cnn.com presents and comprehensive look
back at Earth Day and full picture of what important environmental issues
- 4/19/00-- Check out this new feature from: Each
week the Care2 frog hunts down and rewards outstanding environmental
websites with the Care2 Hot Eco-Site Award. These sites offer the juiciest
online stories, special exhibits and other tasty web morsels. We find them
so you don't have to!
- 4/19/00-- From WWF
Conservation Action Network, I taken action on this issue: For the
past six months, the Soda Mountain
area has been under study by Secretary of Interior Bruce Babbitt as a
candidate for national monument designation. World Wildlife Fund, the Soda
Mountain Wilderness Council, and numerous other local, regional, and
national groups support national monument designation for the Soda
- 4/19/00-- From Audubon's
Action Center, I've acted on support
for legislation to restore the American Everglades.
- 4/17/00-- Today's story in the D&C--Acid
rain is silent Adirondacks killer Lakes seem unscathed on the
surface, but the truth is told by empty fishing lines (April 17, 2000) --DEMOCRAT AND
CHRONICLE-- highlights why
environmental news stories are different from other news: Because we
aren't attuned to the environment the way we are to each other, we don't
notice the ominous changes in our environment that threaten our
survival. This quote, from the above article, should send shivers
through anyone who understands that we aren't getting it when it come to
environmental concern, "Spotting a lake decimated by acid rain is not
easy. In fact, "you'd have to be a scientist to know what's going
on..." Only by our constant attention to the environment will we even
notice drastic changes that will affect our ability to survive.
- 4/16/00-- Got a response in the mail form from BP Amoco on this issue: BP Amoco blasts gravel from beneath an Arctic river bed.
Read the updates from Greenpeace's Arctic ice camp Send
a letter to the head of BP Amoco--From Greenpeace
Sunday, April 23rd, get RochesterEnviornment.com to your E-mail.
Once a week, get RochesterEnvironment.com in your mail. Your time is
important, and so is our environment, so instead of stopping by
RochesterEnvironment.com to get all the news, updates, services, events,
and alerts yourself, have them delivered to you. Another advantage of this
group is Rochester-area environmental events are posted on our calendar
and reminders sent to each as the event comes up. Check it out at: http://www.egroups.com/group/RochesterEnvironment
- 4/15/00-- New page:
Election 2000 Elections
this year are so important for our environment, you need all the facts you
can get on the issues and the candidates. Below are the best online
resources I can find to find out about your candidates, check their
records and monitor the progress of all environmental legislation. Make
your own choice and be informed.
- 4/15/00-- Act on this: Sign a Petition to Protect Yellowstone! Please
visit the following link and add your name to the growing list of
people asking the President to veto any Congressional riders designed to
overturn the NPS snowmobile efforts. --from E
- 4/15/00-- Here's the letter to the editor I sent to City: In his
10th anniversary edition of The End of Nature, Bill McKibben laments that
during the intervening decade since his book warned of Global Warming that
Americans have been driving larger and more polluting vehicles: He says,
"We're not getting it." And, Americans are not alone. As the
evidence mounts that man's footprints have drastically altered our
environment, there is little indication that many of us, especially our
media, get it. Environmental news items, when they get published at all,
mostly are episodic and framed as if each event has nothing to do with the
other. But, in Jack Spula's article, Wet and wild…, there's hope that
the pubic can find at least one Rochester-area writer capable of placing
an environmental news item in its proper context. Jack says of the
happenstance at RIT, where someone from the US Army Corps of Engineers
stumbled onto the destruction of a federally protected wetland, that there
is more at stake than this single mistake-if that is what it was. RIT's
wetland is but a small link in the chain of wetlands that make up our
healthy ecosystem. Wetlands are more than simply non-developed areas too
soggy to walk, drive cars, or bike. Wetlands are the kidneys of our
environment. They filter our water, replenish vital nutrients, and sustain
plant and animal life, which, fortunately for us, keep us alive. In order
for the public to "get it," we need our media to get it.
Environmental news items must be properly characterized for what they are:
indispensable information we need to monitor the changes we have made to
our environment, information we need to survive.
- 4/14/00-- Green Solitaire
wins Bizland.com's site of the week
award! Check out what they say about Green Solitaire.
- 4/14/00-- Still wondering if Global Warming is true and if it is
what you can possibly do about it? Check out the EPA's
Global Warming site and especially, "Individuals
Can Make A Difference."
- 4/13/00-- Get City, Rochester's alternative newsweekly,
and read Wet and wild: endangered at RIT, by Jack Bradigan Spula
and see what real environmental reporting is. He gets it!
- 4/12/00-- Someone just asked a question about finding information about
brownfields in Rochester, New York. Here is my response: Your
question is an easy one. The source authority for brownfields is the EPA’s
brownfield’s site. http://www.epa.gov/swerosps/bf/
Do a search on Rochester, New York and you get http://search.epa.gov/s97is.vts
with lots of places to begin your research.
YOU ARE INVITED TO A HENRIETTA TOWN MEETING
Monday, April 17th, at 7pm
at Henrietta United Church of Christ
1400 Lehigh Station Road
(One mile east of exit off Rt. 390.)
THIS EDUCATIONAL AND INFORMATION FORUM
WILL EXCHANGE VIEWS ON THE POSSIBLE SALE
OF RIVER BEND PARK AND THE RIVERTON GOLF COURSE
Henrietta Town Officials and Parties
to the Proposed Sale are invited to meet with concerned citizens of
Henrietta and environmentalists of the region to tell why the sale of 123
acres of River Bend Park is a "win-win" situation for all
This meeting is for the purpose of a fair and open
exchange of information on the parkland sale and we hope the Henrietta
administration and others can answer questions and clear up
sponsored by Henrietta Neighbors United
and the Rochester
Regional Group of Sierra Club
For further information call: Hugh Mitchell 244-2625
or write Sierra Club, P.O. Box 39516, Rochester, N.Y. 14604
- 4/11/00-- I'm passing on this great idea from :Environmental
Defense, a leading national nonprofit organization based in New York
Tailpipe Tally (http://www.environmentaldefense.org/cgi-bin/TailpipeTally.pl)
Find out how much your vehicle pollutes with the Tailpipe Tally. You can
learn how much pollution your car sends out and also how it compares with
an average car and with an average person's electricity use.
- 4/11/00-- Green Solitaire
has been chosen as site of the week for Bizland.com--the
host of my site. They say, "Your site
will be featured both on our home page and in our newsletter. You can
expect to see it on the home page by Thursday or Friday, and the
newsletter is sent out on Wednesdays." If you are looking for a
great web host to help you design, host, and service your web site, I
can't say enough about the quality and speed at Bizland.com--and
- 4/09/00-- Learn about lead poisoning in children: Lead
Poisoning 4-6-00 Read the transcript about this environmental
problem from WXXI's program, Need To Know. Know
Lead: One in six children under age six in the United States has lead
poisoning. For the assured safety of your infant, children, and family,
test your home now for lead.
- 4/08/00-- I'm forwarding this from Care2.com:
By clicking the "Save
the Rain Forest" button once a day you generate a donation to
protect rain forest land. Our sponsors pay for your donation. It's 100%
free to you. over the last decade 113 million rain forest acres have been
destroyed. of the 3,000 plants that have anti-cancer
- 4/08/00-- If you attended the SECOND ANNUAL ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM on
Thursday, April 6th, 1st Unitarian Church, 220 So. Winton Rd., an event
sponsored by the Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra
Club, you were
treated to a excellent program. Keynote address by Professor
James Buchanan, "Rethinking The Environment In An Information
Age" was an inspiration to all concerned about our environment to use
technology to our advantage. Dr. Buchanan explained that
environmentalists need not despair that atomization (the breaking up into
smaller, individual parts) of technology has removed us from our ties with
Nature if we learn to hope, to "dare to think the complexity."
Environmentalists must use technology, not be afraid of it. He reminded us
that urban sprawl is not only a physical problem but a "mental
attitude," one we can change. Depending on how we view the world-the
organismic worldview, mechanistic, or cybernetic-may influence greatly our
ability to understand the environmental problems before us. This
atomization can leave us in a state of ethical catatonia. But, if we leave
these complex environmental issues to the experts, the will kill us.
- 4/07/00--This in from Greenpeace:
In addition, please consider forwarding information about this campaign to
your web ring members alerting them to this initiative. The more people
who click and get involved http://www.greenpeaceusa.org/savewhales/index2.htm
the better the chances are for those in power to understand how much
their economies can benefit from the whales swimming in their waters!
Greenpeace is calling for a global
whale sanctuary to protect the remaining whales.
- 4/07/00- From National Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Tell Secretary Richardson to
update the national energy efficiency standard for central air
conditioners. "The energy efficiency standard for central air
conditioners has grown woefully outdated, wasting enormous amounts of
electricity. Consumers and the environment foot the bill in higher utility
costs and increased power plant pollution, which contributes to global
warming, smog and acid rain. To make matters worse, inefficient air
conditioners increase the likelihood of power outages by straining the
electric system on the hottest summer days."
- 4/07/00-- Now at Enn.com, a
full membership to the best environmental news service on the Internet is
free. I am glad that this premier environmental news service has
decided to go free because it facilitates getting environmental news to
the public. I strongly urge you to keep abreast of the environmental
news, using Enn.com, daily. One of the best ways is to sign up and become
member and get the news sent to you each day in your E-mail.
- 4/04/00-- Take a
RochesterEnvironment.com. Take a moment and get a short tour of
RochesterEnvironment.com and get a quick idea of how and why this site is
organized the way it is.
- 4/02/00-- Census is due by April 14th. A correct census
could mean more dollars for our area's environment.
- 4/02/00-- Do you remember?
Park Agency HEARING
ON A 'WILDERNESS DESIGNATION'
FOR LAKE LILA AND THE NEW WHITNEY ESTATE purchased by
New York State.
Well, at least somebody is on
the ball: City, Rochester's alternative Newsweekly, has reported in
Metro Ink this week (March 29th - April 4th) that a decision has been made
on this issue. "The APA, seconded by George Pataki, has set
aside the vast bulk of the four areas--41,600 acres out of a total
56,000--as "wilderness," the most protective category. The
remainder has been classified "Wild forest." For more, pick up
your free copy of City anywhere.
the town of Henrietta
going to sell River Bend Park to private ownership?
7:00p -9:00p Sierra
Club together with the Henrietta
Neighbors United will sponsor:
A TOWN MEETING in Henrietta, April 17th, 7pm at the Henrietta United
Church of Christ, 1400 Leigh Station Road.
Topic:” An Educational Forum For Exchange of Information on the Sale of
River Bend Park”
All involved groups, interests and individuals are invited to attend
- 4/01/00-- More on how to help the environment from your Internet
connection: What can
I do to help? from Environmental Defense.
- 4/01/00-- From Wilderness.org,
act on this: ARCTIC REFUGE OIL DRILLING-YOUR CALLS & FAXES NEEDED
The future of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is now center stage in
the U.S. Congress. The Senate Budget Committee approved a budget
resolution that calls for budget revenues from leasing the Arctic Refuge
to oil drilling. Please contact your Senators at http://www.wilderness.org/whatcan/arctic033100.htm.
Ask them to oppose oil drilling in the Arctic Refuge and support the Roth
Amendment to the Budget Resolution when it comes to the floor, as soon as
the week of April 3rd.
- 4/01/00-- How
polluted is Monroe County? Check here to find out from
- 4/01/00-- Soon I am going to begin an online tour of
County's Parks. My goal is to give a visual and factual guide to
the last remaining public green property in our area.
- 4/01/00-- Don't think we are connect to the rest of the world, that we
do with our local environment doesn't have an affect on our global
health. Read this series by CBS, WROC. Global
- 4/01/00-- It's Census
Day in the U.S. (-from Cnn.com) and how money is appropriated to each
community on an accurate count. Monies allotted for environmental
programs are included in this, so please fill our your census form when it
comes in the mail.
- 3/30/00-- I'm passing this note: If
you wish to let the United States Department of Agriculture - USDA
know by email what you think of their March, 2000 proposed National
Organic Standards, please send your comments to the Organic Consumers
Association at <email@example.com>
and we will forward these on to the USDA. The USDA has chosen to not
provide an email address for submitting comments, so OCA will provide this
service for those of you who do not have access to the internet.
submit comments via the web site: See
- 3/30/00-- If you are planning to attend the Second Annual Smart
Growth Conference, organized by National Audubon Society, at Empire
State Plaza, Albany, New York, on May 4th, .Audubon has informed me
we’ve had server problems. That site is now at:
- Can't think of any ways to help our environment? At Environmental
Defense we have plenty of ideas about ways you can help the environment. Here
are a few to help get you started.
- 3/30/00-- Tell a Friend: NRDC's
earthsmartcars campaign aims to revolutionize the auto industry. How?
By mobilizing consumers to demand that automakers put these "earthsmartcars"
on the road. Encourage your friends, family and colleagues to sign our
earthsmartcars pledge and put in Important notices.
- 3/30/00-- Rochester is a part of the world concern for keeping our
environment healthy. Check out this very informative site, with
information available by The Center of Environmental Information here in
Rochester: The Global
Climate Change Digest is an interdisciplinary guide to general and
technical information related to climate change resulting from human
activities, particularly global warming by greenhouse gases and
stratospheric ozone depletion. It was published monthly from July 1988
through June 1999 by the Center
for Environmental Information, Inc (CEI, in Rochester, NY) a private,
nonprofit organization providing information through its publications,
educational programs, conferences and library.
- 3/29/00-- This from the World
Wildlife Fund: Earth Day Actions: Earth Day is April 22, 2000.
How can you help? Here are 5 steps you can take to help protect our planet
from global warming:
1. Make sure the next car you buy gets at least 30 miles per gallon.
2. Replace light bulbs with energy-efficient
3. Replace worn-out home appliances with energy-efficient models.
4. Choose the best energy-saving models when you replace windows.
5. Wrap your water heater in an insulating jacket.
- 3/29/00-- Just finished this excellent book: The
End of Nature, by Bill McKibben: This is a pivotal book for the
layman in understanding environmentalism for the reason that it highlights
a crucial detail about our survival: Nature as a system of biology
independent of man’s influence no longer exists. Through well-argued
reasoning and by giving clear examples, McKibben shows how man’s
footprints on nature have been so intrusive on the workings of Nature as
to render it a system quite different from the one our ancestors knew only
a short time ago. Beyond being a item of sentiment, which it is because
the Earth can no longer be viewed as a guiding, completely objective force
independent of us, the end of Nature means that we have irrationally
intruded on the very system that sustains us without have known how it
works. We have changed the climate, destroyed crucial habitats for animals
and planets we may need to survive, and so pullulated the air and water
that from any point on Earth we can wish to test we can find chemicals
only we have created. We have no idea how drastically these changes will
play out in the future, or whether we can survive them. But, it should be
clear to everyone, especially the ordinary citizen, the degree to which we
have altered Nature. Any fondly held belief that our ancestors might have
held about Nature’s ability to recover from catastrophes (including our
presence) must now be seen as an illusion--for now we are on our own. We
have a tiger by the tail: We have taken over the very controls of this
planet without having learned a fraction of the process that took three
billion years to come about. Our survival depends on us understanding our
environment and that has been severely compromised by what we have done to
a deeply complex process we are only beginning to appreciate.
Help Greenpeace: Save the Arctic: stop BP's
Northstar. Greenpeace has taken its fight to protect the world's
climate on to the ice of the Arctic Ocean.
- 3/28/99-- Check out this important item:
New York State Cancer Surveillance Improvement Initiative?
In April 1998, Governor George E. Pataki asked the State
Health Department to develop easy to understand information that would
help answer people’s questions about the number of cancer cases in their
communities. -From NYS
Dept. Health. Our area comes in second in the state for prostate
- 3/23/00-- If
you are interested in how effective the Internet is in helping the environment
(and I assume you are because you are here), read Clem White's thesis: Environmental
Activism and the Internet. It asks the question:
"How effective is the Internet in achieving the outcomes for which
environmental groups put it to use?" Your feedback on Clem's
thesis would be appreciated. I have written a comment on Clem's
- 3/21/00-- This just in: The Environmental
Health Report Card is one in a series of five report cards focusing on the
Health of Monroe County. It reports on
trends seen over time and is part of a process that intent is to improve
the heath of the community. Monroe County Department of Health
View, Add, or Edit your environmental Event.
- 3/17/00-- RochesterEnviornment.com has a new WebBoard, called Environment
Forum. Please use this great feature, provided by GGW.com, the host of
this site, to interact on the environment.
- 3/17/00-- Because RochesterEnviornment.com has becomes so large, it's
necessary to have a search engine. I've finally solved the problems
I've been having with the search engines on this site and now you
may search the entire contents of this web site from many locations, including
the top of this page.
- 3/17/00-- If you were one of the lucky ones who braved the weather last
night (a truly mad March winter backlash) to listen to Bruce Gilman’s
you were treated to an enjoyable program about how plants have evolved
curious adaptations to survive. There are plants that eat insects, sprout
poisonous leaves, turn leaves into spikes and stems into photosynthesis
producers. Leaves as tall as a house, or wide as a car, an entire flower
as small as your thumbnail, plants that don't need the sun because their
roots feed off other plants—all mechanism plants have used over millions
of years—long before we were around—to become part of what we call
life. As I listened to Dr. Gilman, an environmental instructor from Finger
Lakes Community College, and watched his wonderfully
instructive slides, I began wondering about the deep complexity that has
evolved in all plant life. One item: a lone, exquisitely detailed,
insect-gobbling pitcher plant in a field of flowers eking a precarious
existence that must have taken millions of years to thread its way into
this particular landscape Dr. Gilman was showing. In the last vestiges of
the fields and woods and parks we’ve allowed to survive, those that
haven’t succumbed to the bulldozer, lies much more than the store of
possible drugs we might wrestle from nature, more than the habitats for
animals that have been pushed edge of extinction, more than a few more
factories for producing oxygen, mechanisms controlling our weather, or
giving nutrients back to the ground, or filtering water before we drink
it. And, I don’t know what it is. There is something we are missing in
our reasoning when we destroy a park, a field, or the last of a forest in
a community and I don’t think we’ve put our finger on it yet. If we
did, we wouldn’t be doing what we are doing—destroying these plants we
barely notice. The deep complexity of life, animals and plants that have
evolved and created what we know as our environment, isn’t just a
nostalgic whim that we lose when we plow it asunder. It’s the very
machinery that keeps us alive. In a recent article in The New Yorker
about a possible three-year mission to Mars, the author explains a few of
the stubborn problems that scientists must consider before astronauts can
endure such a long hiatus from Earth. One is that we are deeply attuned to
the gravity of Earth, so much so that exercise doesn’t halt the
destruction of our bones. Our atmosphere protects us from the constant
barrage of radiation in space and designing protection from the lethal
rays from space isn’t as easy as we thought. We are intricately a part
of our environment. It is this that we haven't 'gotten' yet. When we wipe
out the last of these fields that have produced such a complex web of
life, we are going to be on our own. And, we haven’t even begun to learn
the lessons on that these biological curiosities could teach us about
- 3/16/00-- Check out this major story about taking water from the Great
recommends comprehensive measures to governments for
protecting waters of Great Lakes Basin MEDIA
RELEASE For Release: March 15, 2000 International
- 3/16/00-- Be sure to attend this environmental meeting tonight: "Botanical
Curiosities: Plant's Wild Inventions" An Illustrated Talk by
Prof. Bruce Gillman
Sierra Club Membership Program; Thursday, March 16th, 7:15pm at Third
- 3/14/99-- From the Animal Service
League: The Animal Service League is an
all volunteer, not for profit organization dedicated to the rescue and
placement of abandoned pets. We do
weekly adoption events, we bring available animals to local stores. Check
website or call for upcoming events. If you would like to volunteer, or
are looking for a new member of your family, please contact the Animal
Service League at 621-0364. Or e-mail us at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to check out our photo gallery on our
- 3/12/00-- The City of Rochester's Comprehensive Plan
2010: The Renaissance Plan") includes eleven "Renaissance
Campaigns," one of which is
Find out and gauge what environmental plans Rochester has for the future.
Ferry Thoughts: I've been
thinking about Rochester's new project to provide a fast ferry service
between Toronto and Rochester. Do I want it so badly that I've
forgotten there might be environmental consequences of this
ROCHESTER: On environmental matters in and around Rochester, New York,
Take ACTION! Often, I receive request to pass on alerts, petitions and
environmental items needing action by the Rochester Community. This page
is designed to bring all these requests under one roof so the Internet can
facilitate these requests by various groups for aid. In the first part of
this page I provide a hyperlink to more extensive information about
petitions, and environmental alerts, including contacts, and at the bottom
resources for conducting your own environmental action online.
- 3/08/00-- If you care about preserving precious open space in the
Brighton area, please sign this petition.
It will go to the Brighton Town Supervisor and Town Board
- 3/07/00-- I am beginning a new page for RochesterEnvironment.com--
Lakes Health. Our community's environmental health is greatly
influenced by the Great Lakes--the largest source of fresh water in the
- 3/07/00-- When you vote today, don't forget our environment: here's some
information that can help you decide on the right candidate: http://www.ggw.org/RochesterEnvironment/schedule.htm
- 3/06/00-- If you have a minute, join in this important poll: Genetically
Modified Foods: Are You Afraid of Eating Them? More and more food is
being produced from plants and animals that have been genetically
modified. Are you concerned about consuming meals made from such
- 3/06/00-- Media Dogs: The recent rash of pit bull attacks in the
news has everyone here in Rochester surprised and angry over the extent of
violence going on. For the past several days, we have heard many reports
about the very intensive training that these already aggressive dogs get
from irresponsible trainers and breeders. It is a deadly combination of
teaching and gene manipulation that has spilled out into our
neighborhoods, making even simple shores around our own homes precarious.
Along with the problems of dangerous dogs, we have also seen a rise in
concerns with exotic pets, resulting in the passing of new laws about what
animals we can legally own. But, as with many environmental problems,
these recent incidents of improper animal care and the guardianship of
bizarre species of are only blips along a long continuum. The real issue,
which becomes invisible because of the way our attention-starved media
operates, is that we have not adopted a comprehensive policy towards
animals in general. In the world we have created, where we have altered
the climate and driven most species to the edge of extinction by habitat
destruction, there is little chance for their continued existence unless
we put them in zoos or make pets of them. This doesn't simply mean that we
may lose species we could have leaned to become fond of, or taken drugs
from, or abused in "scientific' studies, but actually needed for our
survival. That we have been unable grasp this point is due in part by our
media. Until someone gets bitten by an animal, and ends up in the front
page of our newspapers, the profound problem that we are now responsible
for which species get to live or perish remains invisible to us.
Environmental news must get presented in a more responsible way-one that
can get beyond our short-attention span and craving for novelty.
- 3/5/00 --Try this new site. Type in "Rochester, New
York" and get a lot of local environmental information. Climate
Ark The site is a first of its kind climate change search
engine. Those interested in climate change research and activist
activities can carry out full text searches through an extensive list of
reviewed internet content. Climate Ark searches allow you to explore the
entire content of hundreds of different environmental sites, including
Climate Ark's own archive of non-durable Internet information relating to
Climate Change, at the same time.
- 3/03/00-- I wish to thank Monroe
County Environmental Management Council for inviting me to speak about
RochesterEnvironment.com. I found a very receptive audience and a
most gracious host. I know getting the public to use the Internet to
help learn about and change our environment is a long shot--but one worth