5 Things You Need to Know | June ADK Conservation News

By: Dana Mancini - Adirondack Council Advocacy and Outreach Assistant
Thursday, June 21, 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.

Salt ShedStudy Finds State-Spread Salt Has Contaminated Groundwater

At a meeting in May, the Adirondack Watershed Institute announced the results of a study on the impacts of salt on state highways. The study found that salt used in the wintertime had contaminated the groundwater and seeped into private wells. State highways contribute 55 percent of the road salt used within the Adirondack Park.



High Peaks

Unsafe Levels of Ozone Found at Whiteface Mountain

An air-pollution monitor measured unsafe levels of ground-level ozone on Whiteface Mountain on a day in May. Whiteface ozone meters registered above 70 ppb -- the federal health standard set in 2008 -- for over eight hours, which is unusual for the Adirondacks. This comes as a result of Environmental Protection Administrator Scott Pruitt refusal  to order the nations 36 dirtiest coal-fired power plants to turn on their already-installed pollution controls.

Lake PlacidFederal District Court Rules EPA Failed to Regulate Air Pollution

In Manhattan, a federal district court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) failed to protect New York and Connecticut from air pollution, and that it needs to begin.  This court decision requires the EPA to take action on the petition in New York and Connecticut by Dec. 6.



Saranac LakeLake Placid and Saranac Lake Commit to Being Climate Smart Communities

Both Lake Placid and Saranac Lake have announced they are committing to become Climate Smart Communities. The program is in partnership with the Department of Environmental Conservation and several other state agencies, and provides communities with a framework to guide localized climate action. Through the program, Lake Placid and Saranac Lake will help  reduce greenhouse gas emissions and become more resilient to our changing climate.

Oil TrainNumber of Oil Trains Traveling to the Northeast Increasing

The number of oil trains traveling on local railroads  is increasing, as so are concerns about their safety. Senator Chuck Schumer wrote to both the federal Departments of Energy and Transportation urging them to require crude oil to be stabilized before its loaded into rail tankers for shipment. In the last year, it appears that oil train traffic has increased through the state and the Adirondack Park.


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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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