Community groups in Skaneateles want to expand the discussion around climate change and the impacts it’s having on Central New York.  Academic experts and local officials will look  at things such as local algae blooms, which experts never thought could happen, and ways to reduce fossil fuel use on Wednesday night.  The session is being put on by the Saint James Church Master Class, Skaneateles Lake Association, and


Many of New York's streams and wetlands are now at risk for pollution after President Trump lifted provisions of the Clean Water Rule. Environmental advocates are expressing concerns about the possible contamination that could result.

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It may not carry the same name recognition associated with trees like Pine, Elm, or Maple, but the Ash Tree is quite popular among landscapers or simply those seeking shade. And while you might not be aware of it, they come in a number of shapes and sizes with a unique branch layout.

Dr. Marvin Druger will get to the root of what makes the Ash Tree special, this week on Science on the Radio.

Town of Clay Continues Support & Shift toward Green Energy

Oct 17, 2018
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The Town of Clay has already placed itself on the map for green energy initiatives by installing solar panel arrays.  Now the Town Hall will be a pit stop for those with Electric Vehicles.  The town cut the ribbon Wednesday on a new dual-charging E-V station through a $150-thousand state grant that will also implement further green-energy initiatives in the town. 


Central New Yorkers have a chance this weekend to see up-close some of the latest changes to 90 acres of restored wetlands around Onondaga Lake. The free event put on by Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps aims to help restore the bond between the lake and the community. 

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Visitors to Green Lakes State Park are now able to see how the former boathouse has been transformed into an Environmental Educaiton Center, as part of millions of dollars poured into park renovations.  State and local officials were joined Friday by Salem Hyde school students to help cut the ribbon.

Lots of people have opinions about health of Onondaga Lake and recreation around it.  An update today from Onondaga County and Honeywell, hosted by FOCUS Greater Syracuse, shows that a number of projects addressing both concerns are moving right along. 

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Central New Yorkers have grown all too accustomed to occasional beach closures over the summer due to unsafe levels of bacteria in the water. Cornell University and a bio-technology device maker are working on a new and much faster way to test the water and get swimmers back in the lake. 

For Ruth Richardson, this is where she says her heart meets her science.

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Many Onondaga County residents might think they’re doing good by throwing anything plastic with a recycle symbol in their blue bin for recycling.  After all, we have one of the best recycling rates in the nation.  But Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency spokesperson Kristen Lawton says over-eager recyclers might actually be doing harm to the recycling stream.

New York Environmental Groups Hopeful State Lawmakers Might Fully Implement Pollution Law

Mar 27, 2018

Environmental groups across New York are cautiously optimistic that a measure aimed at reducing diesel pollution will finally take effect in the upcoming budget after 12 years of delays. The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, or DERA, was first approved by state lawmakers in 2006, but has still yet to be fully implemented.  Conor Bambrick with Environmental Advocates of New York and several other groups recently thanked Senate Majority Coalition Leaders in hopes that they will go forward with the Act.  He hopes the praise is not premature.