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After years in limbo, the City of Albany has sold a parcel of land once earmarked as a target for landfill expansion.

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Albany-area officials gathered today to mark Arbor Day near the New York state capitol.

NYS DEC Wants Input On Blue Hole Permit Proposal

Apr 13, 2018
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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is asking the public to weigh in on a proposal to establish day permits to access a popular swimming hole in the Catskills. 

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In what has become a rite of spring,  the Hannacroix eel net will be installed this afternoon in the Hannacroix Creek near the Albany/Greene County line. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has the next story in our spring series.

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New York wildlife researchers are taking a new approach to gathering citizen input to guide deer management objectives.

EPA Expands Scope of Hudson River PCB Cleanup Analysis

Jan 30, 2018
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it will work with the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation to evaluate sediment samples from the upper Hudson River. EPA is studying the river and reviewing public input before deciding whether General Electric’s PCB cleanup is complete.

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The Adirondack Park Agency has approved the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation’s plan to redevelop the former Frontier Town site in North Hudson.

The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation released its plan for redevelopment of the former Frontier Town site in North Hudson earlier this month and held public information sessions on Monday.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced this week that it is sending 22 drones across the state to “enhance environmental management, conservation and emergency response efforts.” The "unmanned aerial vehicles" have already proven their worth in hurricane-ravaged Texas.

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An environmental database company says toxic algae threatens public recreational and drinking water sources around New York. 

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New York state forest rangers found a mountaintop campsite used by a 28-year-old New Jersey man as they continued their search Wednesday for the hiker in the Adirondack High Peaks.

State environmental regulators have denied a key permit for a $900 million power plant being built in southeastern New York.

New York has 31 new environmental conservation officers and nine new forest rangers.

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A rally against fracking was held Thursday in Albany's West Capitol Park. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports on an issue most New Yorkers thought was resolved back in 2014.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation displayed at its headquarters Thursday nearly two tons of ivory DEC Officers have confiscated over the last several years. 

One of New York's ecological treasures is one step closer to recovery.

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Albany and Troy have reportedly been dumping sewage into the Hudson River and not reporting it in a timely manner.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation this summer is expanding its stewardship partnership aimed at preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species in the Adirondacks.

NYPIRG's Blair Horner and Toxic Targeting's Walter Hang present documents on unfinished oil spill clean ups in New York.
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Environmental advocates say that New York state officials could do a better job of cleaning up pollution sites caused by the fossil fuels industry that they say in some cases, have dragged on for decades. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s environmental aides are defending their record.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has a proposal to improve access to a hiking destination in the Catskills. There is a public meeting on the plan Tuesday night in Woodstock.

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New York state regulators say a proposed dual pipeline from Albany to New Jersey oil refineries requires a full environmental review.

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The New York Department of Environmental Conservation is locking horns with the Environmental Protection Agency over dredging and PCB's in the Hudson River.

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Residents in Albany’s South End heard from top environmental officials Wednesday, the same day nearby Global Partners was criticized for air pollution. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas attended the meeting at the Ezra Prentice Homes.

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  Federal, state and local government officials were in Albany's South End Wednesday night where they met with residents to talk about health risks and other issues associated with oil trains. 


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Authorities say much of the Northeast is experiencing drought conditions, with sections of New York and Massachusetts among the driest.

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Invasive species are spreading across the region.  The summer is a prime season for the non-native insects to move to new habitats, threatening native ecosystems. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Lands and Forests Research Scientist Jerry Carlson is also Chief of Forest Health and Protection, making him responsible for identifying changes in the forest environment statewide.  Originally trained as an entomologist, Carlson sat down to discuss the increasing risk of invasive insects throughout eastern New York.

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New York State environmental officials are asking residents and visitors of Horicon in Warren County to keep an eye out for any clues that can be used to find a missing hunter who disappeared last November.

Dredging To Occur in Rensselaer Neighborhood

May 9, 2016
Dredging is set for a close-knit neighborhood in Rensselaer.
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The chemical manufacturer BASF recently reached an agreement with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to dredge contaminated river sediment from the site of its former dye plant in Rensselaer. It’s at the end of a residential street that runs along the river. The company is expected to begin the cleanup at the end of the year, but some residents are concerned.

State officials say New York got through the 2015 hunting season without a single shooting fatality, the first time that has happened since the 1950s.

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The Department of Environmental Conservation announced the final management plan for 18,000 acres of northern Adirondack forest land in Franklin County on Monday.

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