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HALE EDDY, NY — The first-ever meeting of the Upper Delaware River Tailwaters Coalition (UDRTC) was held at the West Branch Angler Resort on September 12, drawing about 70 people concerned with trout fishing, the reservoirs, flooding and other river issues. The rivers at the center of the discussion are the main stem of the Delaware River north of Callicoon, and the West Branch and East Branch, which flow from the Cannonsville Reservoir and Pepacton Reservoir respectively to meet the main stem at Hancock.

Birds, stand up and be counted!

Bird counts give an idea of how many migrant and resident geese may be in a particular area.  Read more

Locally shot film to be screened for CineArt

The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance CineArt feature for January is “Martha Marcy May Marlene” (R), a movie about a cult that was filmed and edited in Sullivan County in the summer of 2010. Screenings will be held at the Callicoon Theater, 30 Upper Main Street, from Friday, January 6 through Tuesday, January 10. Screenings are at 7:30 daily with additional 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday.  Read more

Ten-year-old DWI plea reversed; local resident files own appeal

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — John Kearney fought a drinking and driving charge for 10 years. His efforts finally paid off in August 2011 when a jury declared that he was not guilty of Felony Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). But it took the highly unusual step of seeking and winning his own appeal of earlier court action.  Read more

Funds flow to FEMA for disaster aid

WASHINGTON, DC — Senator Robert Casey of Pennsylvania has announced that a recently passed year-end funding bill contains $6.4 billion that could help Pennsylvania municipalities recover from the harm done by Hurricane Irene and Storm Lee.  Read more

Cochecton Zoning Advisory Committee update

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Members of the Cochecton Zoning Advisory Committee, formed to examine the issue of zoning related to natural gas drilling in the Town of Cochecton, gave comments to the town board at the meeting on December 14.  Read more

Barryville teen charged with vehicular homicide

GLEN SPEY, NY — Charles Wolff, 18, of Barryville, has been charged with vehicular homicide after a crash that killed his cousin and seriously injured two other passengers.  Read more

Conservation stewardship assistance available

PENNSYLVANIA — The cutoff date for farmers to apply to participate in the 2012 sign-up for the Natural Resources Conservation Service Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is January 13.  Read more

Gas at a glance

Natural gas pipeline safety bill signed into law

PA Gov. Tom Corbett has signed into law House Bill 344 (Baker-R-Tioga) establishing regulatory oversight of natural gas pipelines to the Public Utility Commission (PUC), as reported in PA Environment Digest.  Read more

Municipal agencies oppose gas fee legislation

HARRISBURG, PA — The major municipal agencies in Pennsylvania are on record opposing gas drilling legislation presented by Governor Tom Corbett and the Republican majorities in both state houses.  Read more

It’s thin ice for now

UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY—Two years ago, many of the smaller lakes and ponds in the region had frozen over by Thanksgiving. But this year, it’s nearly January and the smaller lakes, such as Little Lake Erie in Narrowsburg, are just beginning to form a very thin layer of ice.  Read more

Western Sullivan burglary ring busted, homes and businesses targeted

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office says they have broken up a burglary ring that has been breaking into homes and businesses in the western part of the county for much of the past year.  Read more

2011 Milestones by the Month - April, May, June

APRIL

PA Governor Corbett nominates Richard J. Allan as secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)

Sullivan County’s largest pot-growing operation busted in towns of Highland, Lumberland and Mamakating, NY.  Read more

2011 Milestones by the Month - January, February, March

JANUARY

Delaware named Pennsylvania River of the Year for 2011.

Sullivan farmers consider micro dairies.  Read more

Court rules in DEC’s favor regarding superfund sites;return to ‘pre-disposal conditions’ valid

ALBANY, NY — The highest court in the state has said that compelling nearly total cleanups of contaminated sites is legal. On December 15, the NYS Court of Appeals ruled that the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) may require companies that own sites listed in the state’s Superfund program to clean up the properties to “predisposal conditions, to the extent feasible.”  Read more

Damascus board approves fiber mill

The Damascus Township board approved the establishment of a fiber mill on Calkins Road for Adam and Elizabeth Thumann, scheduling a conditional use hearing for Monday, January 16 at 6:30 p.m.  Read more

UDC comments on DEC’s gas drilling plan

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Project Review Committee of the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) on Tuesday unanimously approved a draft of a letter to be sent to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) regarding its SGEIS on natural gas drilling in New York. A previous draft had failed to pass the council as a whole at its last meeting earlier in the month.  Read more

PA car charging stations get grant

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has announced a $1 million grant award to help develop electric vehicle infrastructure on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The grant recipient, Car Charging Group, Inc., will install charging stations at 17 turnpike service plazas.  Read more

Farmers can get flood relief

WALTON, NY — Flood relief funding is currently available for Catskill region farmers through the Raise the Roof Donation Fund. These are small grants available to farms that suffered flood damage or product loss during Hurricane Irene and/or Tropical Storm Lee. A first round of $15,000 in funding has been completed. The second round of funding is open between December 15 and January 15, 2012. Applications can be obtained from the Scholarships & Grants section of the Pure Catskills webpage online at www.purecatskills.com, or by contacting Challey Comer at ccomer@nycwatershed.org or 607/865-7090.  Read more

Delaware Basin Conservation Act passes committee

WASHINGTON, DC — The Delaware River Basin Conservation Act of 2011, federal legislation to help protect the Delaware River Basin, has passed the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. A companion bill is still in committee in the House of Representatives.  Read more

Highland honors highway super

With expressions of mutual respect and gratitude, the Town of Highland honored its retiring highway superintendent, Norman Sutherland, at its monthly meeting on December 13. Town supervisor Andrew Boyar roasted Sutherland at the meeting’s end with a series of gag gifts and a humorous account of Sutherland’s history and successful service to the town.  Read more