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LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — “Lake Huntington looks like pea soup. In my lifetime, I can’t recall a six-week algae bloom like this one. Most last only a few days, at most. The Department of Environmental Control (DEC) has taken water samples and we’re awaiting test results.” With those remarks at the October 8 Cochecton Town Board meeting, Supervisor Gary Maas introduced a topic familiar but unpleasant to all who live, work or play near the lake. Asked if the DEC might impose a ban on recreational activities for the duration of the bloom, Maas said, “We’ll just have to wait and see what the DEC says.”

Large majority opposes fracking in Sullivan;500 county residents polled

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY – A new poll conducted by Pulse Opinion Research shows that a large majority of residents in Sullivan County oppose hydraulic fracturing and favor the enactment of zoning regulations that would restrict it.  Read more

DRBC Postpones Vote on Draft of Natural Gas Regs, Special Meeting Rescheduled for November 21

WEST TRENTON, N.J. (Oct. 7) – The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) today announced that the previously scheduled October 21, 2011 special meeting for the commissioners to consider draft natural gas development regulations has been postponed.  Read more

News in brief

Grants awarded to improve forests

UPPER DELAWARE BASIN — Two dozen landowners across three states will share more than $175,000 in Common Waters Fund grants to develop forest management plans and implement sustainable management practices that protect water quality. The awards were distributed in September by the Pinchot Institute for Conservation.  Read more

Albany blinks on eye tests

The plan was to allow the 2.4 million drivers in New York State who seek to renew their driving licenses each year to “self-certify” that their vision is up to par; they would no longer need a vision test performed at the many Department of Motor Vehicle offices around the state, or a note from their eye-doctor, to get a driver license renewal.  Read more

Sullivan candidates endorse full disclosure

Legislators in Sullivan County are currently required to disclose the clients they receive money from. Under proposed new rules, legislators and others would be required to disclose not only those clients, but also all clients that have been referred to the firm by the official. So, for example, a legislator who works as a lawyer for a law firm would be required not only to disclose his own clients, but also those he has referred to other lawyers at the firm.
This rule was adopted by state officials earlier this year, and now a group of residents is urging Sullivan County legislators to adopt a similar rule.  Read more

Do conservation subdivisions make sense in Sullivan County? Builder questions proposed zoning changes

Charles Petersheim’s new offices in Eldred reflect a measure of success that is rare in this era of economic hardship. Through his company, Catskill Farms, Petersheim has built and sold 100 homes since 2004 in various towns in Sullivan County, mostly to weekenders from the city.  Read more

Highlights for Children creates new building

He calls it a barn but it’s a lot more than that.
It will be a center for the many workshops for writers and illustrators of children’s literature. Highlights for Children, which now has about two million subscribers, leads the industry of magazines produced for youngsters.  Read more

Gas at a glance

Steingraber to dedicate $100,000 Heinz Award to fight hydrofracking

Ecologist and author Sandra Steingraber has been named the recipient of a Heinz Award, which comes with a $100,000 unrestricted cash prize, in recognition of her research and writing on environmental health, as reported on Truthout (www.truth-out.org/heinz-award-and-what-i-plan-do-it/1316444029). Steingraber has announced her intent to devote the award to the fight against hydrofracking in upstate New York, where she lives with her husband and their two children.  Read more

Watching water quality: ‘Monitoring for Natural Gas Development’ underway

For 50 years, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) has focused its work on protecting the waters of the Delaware River Basin (DRB). In addition to a decade-long biomonitoring program and other efforts detailed earlier in this series, the DRBC has focused lately on implementing its newest program, “Monitoring for Natural Gas Development (MNGD).”  Read more

Corbett unveils plan for gas fees

Tom Corbett has always been clear that he would not accept a tax on the soaring number of gas wells in Pennsylvania tapping into the Marcellus Shale. But he has now announced a plan that would allow counties to impose significant impact fees on gas wells.  Read more

Wayne business park moves forward

The time for marketing the new business park has arrived after years of development and growing pains. Begun in 2002, the park had its problems like any other large public project but now that’s all behind them.  Read more

Blessing the beasts to boost church involvement

Animal blessings were offered at various locations in the Upper Delaware region last weekend in celebration of St. Francis Feast Day, which occurs October 4. The event honors St. Francis, an Italian Catholic friar and preacher known as the patron saint of animals.  Read more

Governor Corbett announces plans to allow impact fees for gas wells and other changes

Governor Tom Corbett today announced his plans to implement
numerous recommendations of the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, including changes to enhance environmental standards, an impact fee, and a plan to help
move Pennsylvania toward energy independence.  Read more

COUNTY MANAGER FANSLAU ISSUES A FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR SOUTHEASTERN SULLIVAN COUNTY UNTIL 2:15 PM

Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau has issued a Flash Flood Warning that is effective through 2:15 PM this afternoon for Southeastern Sullivan County. Locations in the warning include but are not limited to Bloomingburg, Fallsburg, Hartwood, Haven, Highview, Phillipsport, Rock Hill, Thompsonville, Woodbourne, Woodridge, and Wurtsboro.  Read more

News in brief

Forage exchange to help farmers hit by flood

ITHACA, NY — A new online forage exchange created by Cornell Cooperative Extension is now available to ensure that flooded New York farms will not run out of feed for their livestock.  Read more

Delaware holds off on one assessor vote, former board member voices strong opposition

Should the town have one assessor or three? That was the issue before the Town of Delaware Board on Wednesday evening September 21.  Read more

Candidates on Sullivan adult care facility

It’s a well-known political axiom that seniors vote in greater numbers than other segments of the population. Perhaps that’s one reason that all 17 candidates who are running for election or re-election to the Sullivan County Legislature showed up at a meeting of the Senior Legislative Action Committee at the government center on September 23 to make remarks about issues facing seniors.  Read more

Monticello Motor club hosts major auto event

Every September when carmakers from around the world are unveiling their new automotive creations, an event called the International Motor Press Association Test Days is held. That’s when hundreds of automotive journalists gather for a chance to take the new models on a test run.  Read more

Building expert talks about straw build houses

Remember the story of the three little pigs, and how the wolf took advantage of two of them but lost to the smart, third little pig? The second little pig who built his house with straw got blown down by the wolf. That reportedly can never happen with the new technology of building with straw bales, which is gaining popularity now with environmentalists in the building trades.  Read more

Builder questions Lumberland board

Known for the high-end cottage-style homes built by his company in Sullivan and Ulster counties, Catskill Farms developer Charles Petersheim has lately emerged as a vocal opponent of the Town of Lumberland’s current zoning re-write process, which has been underway for two years.  Read more