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Governor Cuomo to Sign Legislation Protecting New York's Waters

Governor Cuomo to Sign Legislation Protecting New York's Waters

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced he will sign a new law to protect New York's waters and the Great Lakes by requiring a state permit for the withdrawal of large volumes of water from the state's rivers, lakes, streams and groundwater.

The new law is designed to foster responsible conservation practices and economic growth while protecting water bodies and wildlife habitats. The permitting process will ensure a continued water supply to existing municipal, agricultural and industrial users, and will help identify areas that could support new water-dependent businesses. Specifically, the law requires approval before operating or proposing a system with the capacity to withdraw 100,000 gallons or more per day of surface and groundwater.

"The preservation and protection of New York's water resources is vital to the state's residents, farmers and businesses," Governor Cuomo said.

Olcott Beach Closed

Olcott Beach Closed

A Statement Issued by the Niagara County Department of Health, Thurs., August 4, 9:16 a.m.

This advisory has been issued for Olcott Beach and is anticipated to remain in effect until further notice.

Niagara County, New York, 08/04/2011:  Recent surveillance testing by the Niagara County Department of Health at Olcott Beach has determined that the water is not suitable for swimming because of unsatisfactory bacteriological water quality. This advisory is anticipated to remain in effect until further notice.  The Niagara County Department of Health will continue to monitor the situation closely and will reopen the beach for swimming when conditions return to a safe level.

State Releases Complete 'RFEI' for Knox Farm State Park

State Releases Complete 'RFEI' for Knox Farm State Park

From a Statement Released July 22:

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has released a request for expressions of interest (RFEI) for Knox Farm State Farm to seek alternatives to adaptively reuse unused structures and facilities to further the recreational, educational and community service missions of the Park.

“This request is a way to reach out to potential partners who appreciate the value of the Knox Farm State Park and its importance to the surrounding community,” State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said. “We would like to hear from individuals, foundations, philanthropists, businesses, park user groups, and other prospective partners who have a vision for the park and the capacity to capitalize on the exceptional resources it has to offer.”

The RFEI is aimed at soliciting ideas for projects to enhance and improve the park with the following elements as priorities:

Looming Threat to Clean Water Legislation

Looming Threat to Clean Water Legislation

A Statement Released by Buffalo Riverkeepers

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Over the last month there has been the passage of two significant pieces of legislation that will have direct impacts on Western New York’s water resources.

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed HR 2018, the so-called Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011, by a vote of 239-184. Much of our community called or sent notes to our Representatives asking them to oppose this bill. Our local representatives did just that. If passed in the Senate, this bill would allow state agencies to override EPA decisions on pollution permits for riverside factories, the treatment of sewage waste, and the handling of dredging materials.

"Cycling the Erie Canal" Tour Arrives in Rochester

"Cycling the Erie Canal"  Tour Arrives in Rochester

ALBANY, N.Y. – They started out in Buffalo on Sunday, July 10, leaving their cars behind.   Some 500 bicyclists from 35 states will be arriving in Rochester on Monday, July 11 as participants in the 13th annual Cycling the Erie Canal tour, organized by Parks & Trails New York, a statewide not-for-profit organization.  The 400-mile bicycle tour ends on Sunday, July 17 in Albany.

About three-quarters of the journey is on the off-road Erie Canalway Trail.  When the Trail is finished, it will be the longest statewide trails in the United States.

High Waters Delay Canal Opening

High Waters Delay Canal Opening

ALBANY, NY -- Heavy winter snowfalls and constant spring rains have contributed to significantly higher water levels that will delay the opening of some sections of the New York State Canal system, Director Brian U. Stratton announced today.

The New York State Canal Corporation is closely coordinating its efforts with state and local emergency managers and with other involved state agencies.

On Thursday, April 28, Stratton conducted field inspections along the Canal system in Central New York, the area most impacted by the high-water events. Stratton also met with state and local officials.

The section of the Erie Canal from Rochester westward to Tonawanda is expected to open for navigation on the target date of Sunday, May 1. The opening of the Erie Canal east toward Waterford and the rest of the Canal system will be delayed for some time.

NCIDA Accepts First Application from Opportunity Zone Program

NCIDA Accepts First Application from Opportunity Zone Program

Project will create more than 20 jobs with an economic impact of approximately $4.5 million annually; Board also accepts application for construction of new facility in Pendleton

 SANBORN, NEW YORK – The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency (NCIDA) Board of Directors today accepted an application of assistance from the Greater Lockport Development Corporation (GLDC) for renovations to 57 Canal Street in the historic locks district in downtown Lockport.  The building is owned by the city of Lockport and leased to the GLDC.  The GLDC application for a five-year PILOT is the first ever application through the Niagara County Opportunity Zone Program, which provides financial incentives in the form of tax abatements to commercial, retail and tourism based businesses to encourage reinvestment to rebuild urban centers in Niagara County.

Once renovations are completed, Trek, a manufacturer of high voltage ampl