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Challenges mount at Hudson River Park

Jun 10, 2012

Photo courtesy of the Hudson River Park Trust It's the 50th anniversary of the building complex at Hudson River Park's Pier 40, and the aging, dilapidated commercial structure is in peril.


Federal Reports Warn of Staff Shortages at DEC

Apr 27, 2012

Staffing and resource shortages at the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Shellfisheries division have been flagged as an “emerging problem” by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. FDA program evaluation


Where Tech and Environment Meet

Apr 21, 2012

Photo by Jonathan Camhi Lief Percifield wants to let New Yorkers know about possible sewage seeping into their drinking water. Every year 27 billion gallons of untreated sewage are released into New


Analyzing Hydroelectric

Apr 19, 2012

Photo by William Alatriste The City Council today passed legislation requiring an analysis of the city’s water supply as a potential source for hydroelectric power. The analysis will be conducted by the


What Do Budget Cuts Mean for the DEC?

Mar 26, 2012

Photo provided by Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo Is the state’s lead environmental agency adequately resourced? Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joseph Martens says that after a series of severe


Is the DEC Prepared For Hydraulic Fracturing?

Feb 07, 2012

Photo by Ari Moore While the Cuomo administration has not been definitive about its plans for hydrofracking recently, it is also unclear whether the state is adequately prepared to manage natural