5 Things You Need to Know | July ADK Conservation News

By: Dana Mancini - Adirondack Council Advocacy and Outreach Assistant
Monday, July 23, 2018

Adirondack Conservation News is a collection of the most current events taking place in New York’s Adirondack Park, a unique national treasure and legacy we inherited over 100 years ago, that we have to protect for future generations. Adirondack News aims to highlight both threats and opportunities concerning the Park’s ecological integrity, wild character and community vibrancy.

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For 16th Year in a Row, Lake George Remains on the List of Impaired Water Bodies

Since 2002, Lake George and its tributaries have been on a state list of impaired water bodies. The main source of pollution in the lake comes from sediment pollution from stormwater runoff and erosion. The lake lacks a Total Maximum Daily Load plan to identify where the pollution is coming from and how to handle the issues. The Department of Environmental Conservation states that there are no immediate plans for one.

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Adirondack Park Agency Approves New Plan for High Peaks Wilderness

At its July meeting, the Adirondack Park Agency approved a new unit management plan for the High Peaks Wilderness and the neighboring Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest. This plan reflects the recent expansion of public land and recreation, and begins to test ways to ease overcrowding in the area by reshaping and redirecting public use.


APA officeSherman Craig Steps Down as Chair of the Adirondack Park Agency

Prior to the July board meeting, Sherman Craig announced he was retiring as the chair of the Adirondack Park Agency Board. Craig joined the board in 2011 and was appointed by the Governor two years ago to serve as the chair. Karen Feldman, chair of the State Land Committee will serve as acting chair until the Governor announces a permanent replacement.


Acid Rain DamageEPA Still Faces Scandal as Scott Pruitt Departs

Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, resigned but it’s still unclear who will be his replacement. While Administrator, Pruitt refused to follow the Clean Air Act and regulations that protect the Adirondacks from acid rain and smog. President Trump will nominate a new Administrator who must be confirmed by the US Senate.


Blue HoleFirst Permit System in the State Introduced in the Catskills

In the Catskills, the Department of Environmental Conservation has implemented the first permit system to access state land. The permit was enacted at the Peekamoose Blue Hole in an effort to limit the number of visitors using the area as the state begins to deal with overuse issues. The permits are free, but must be reserved online within a week of the intended visit. Walk-in permits aren't available.

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Dana is our Advocacy and Outreach Assistant working in the Council’s Albany office, and assists with outreach and government relations efforts. She began working with the Council in December of 2015 as our Clarence Petty Intern and then served as our Canvassing Coordinator during the summer of 2016. She is a 2015 graduate of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and is currently a graduate student at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy where she is pursuing a Master of Public Administration. In her spare time, Dana enjoys traveling, hiking and spending time with her family.

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