DEC and Cornell Breed Predators to Eat Hemlock Pest

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Cornell University announced a new biocontrol laboratory on the Cornell campus focused on protecting the state’s 'ecologically vital' population of hemlock trees by growing colonies of predator insects. According to a press release from the DEC, the $1.2 million lab, headed by Cornell entomologist Mark Whitmore and partially funded by DEC with monies from … [Read more...]

Cutting Back on Mowing 390 in Livingston County Wins Environmental Excellence Award

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Letting wildflowers and grasses grow in the 390 corridor won an Environmental Excellence award from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). According to a press release from the DEC, the NYS Department of Transportation (DOT) Region 4 and Seneca Park Zoo Society’s Pollinator Protection Project is among six projects awarded. The DEC considers allowing flowers and grass to grow an important step in … [Read more...]

Sweep Grabs Over 84K Pounds of Chemicals from Region

NYLON – A New York State chemical disposal initiative collected a total of 84,270 pounds of potentially hazardous chemicals from Chemung, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, and Yates counties. The CleanSweepNY collection event held during the week of Oct. 2 targeted an 11-county area in DEC’s Region 8, which includes Livingston County.  CleanSweepNY staff collected 61,067 pounds of pesticides, … [Read more...]

DEC Shines Limelight on Fragile Bats Headed to Hibernation

NYLON – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) urges outdoor adventurers to suspend exploration of cave and mine sites that may serve as seasonal homes for hibernating bats that are sensitive to the deadly white nose syndrome. According to a press release from the DEC, human disturbances are especially harmful to the State’s bat population since the arrival of the disease known as white-nose syndrome, which has … [Read more...]

Trout Meetings to Float Livingston County Stream Plan

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will open a meetings for public comment on their plan to manage trout stream waters, including waters in Livingston County. According to a press release from the DEC, attendees get to watch a 30-minute presentation by DEC Fisheries staff describing current management practices for trout streams and key findings of a statewide study completed in 2015. Then … [Read more...]

Goose Season Starts Friday Morning

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Shotguns rang out across the county Friday morning, the opening morning of goose hunting season. According to a press release from Basil Seggos, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the hunting season for Canada geese in all upstate hunting zones open Sept. 1 and run through Sept. 25. “New York is home to more than 200,000 resident Canada geese, and the September seasons are … [Read more...]

Driver with Drugs Sideswipes DEC Officer’s Patrol Car in Groveland

GROVELAND – The Livingston County Sheriff's Office arrested a Dansville man for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol after he struck an environmental police officer's patrol vehicle on West Lake Road. According to a press release from Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, Andrew Murphy-Longhini, 21, was arrested for misdemeanor Driving While Ability Impaired by Combination Drugs and Alcohol, misdemeanor Leaving the … [Read more...]

NYS Celebrates National Pollinator Week

NYLON — The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Agriculture and Markets is commemorating National Pollinator Week this week. According to a press release from the DEC and Agriculture and Markets, June 19 through the 25 New York State will be celebrating with several events highlighting the importance of key pollinator species such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Pollinators are critical to both the state's environment … [Read more...]

Future of Mount Morris’ $300K Allen’s Creek Grant is Muddy at Best

MOUNT MORRIS – The Village's creek remediation grant from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has a murky future. According to newly elected Mount Morris Mayor Frank Provo, the previous Village Board accepted a matching grant whereby the DEC would provide $300,000 and the Village could provide $100,000 for streambank remediation and flood prevention on Allen's Creek, marked on Google Maps at 'Allen's Brook.' However, Village … [Read more...]

DEC: Phosphorus Fertilizers Poison Lakes

LIVINGSTON COUNTY — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation launched its 'Look for the Zero' campaign, urging New York residents to use phosphorous-free fertilizers. According to a press release from the DEC, over 100 bodies of water in New York State cannot be used or enjoyed due to their overabundance of phosphorous. "The actions New Yorkers take in their backyards can have a big impact on the environment," warns DEC … [Read more...]