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Capital District Regional Consortium receives $1 million

On Monday, a variety of Capital Region counties, towns, and organization received $1 million from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to create a comprehensive smart growth plan.

The Capital Region planning area consists of eight counties: Albany; Columbia; Greene; Rensselaer; Saratoga; Schenectady; Warren; and Washington.

“The Sustainability Plan is an excellent example of collaboration within the Capital Region.  Working together, the coalition will create a plan that will improve our environment, create energy efficiencies and help to create jobs in the region,” said Michael J. Castellana, Co-Chair of the Capital Region Economic Development Council.

Applications going fast for DEC Environmental Education Summer Camps

Applications going fast for DEC Environmental Education Summer Camps

The application is now posted online for the Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Education Summer Camps and spots are being filled fast.

The DEC Environmental Education Camps offer campers experiences in sportsman education, games, lessons, hands-on activities, swimming, hiking, canoeing and other outdoor activities. Through these activities, campers will learn about forests, water quality, nature and more.

There are four different camps kids can attend, Camp Colby, Camp DeBruce, Camp Rushford and Camp Pack Forest. Campers will participate in discovery groups and will complete six lessons. These lessons include group dynamics, explorations of different habitats and human impacts on the environment.  Science, problem solving, games, journal keeping and wildlife activities are also part of what campers will experience.

Section of Fuller Road to be closed this weekend

ALBANY - To accommodate the ongoing construction of the new Fuller Road/Washington Avenue intersection construction, Fuller Road will be closed from Interstate 90 to Washington Avenue.

The section of road will be closed at 9p.m. on Friday, June 22, and is expected to reopen by 7a.m. Monday, June 25.

The New York State Department of Transportation is advising motorists to find alternate routes of travel.

 

For more information, CLICK HERE.

Press conference to be held on Rail Trail

Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy will hold a press conference to talk about the public and private partnership efforts underway to revitalize the Rail Trail in New Scotland and Voorheesville

The press conference will take place on Friday, June 22 at 10:45 a.m. at the corner of Talon Road and Upper Font Grove in New Scotland.

McCoy will be joined by New Scotland Town Supervisor Tom Dolin, Voorheesville Mayor Robert Conway, Jill Knapp from the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy and Martin Daley from Parks and Trails New York.

CDTA to host National Dump the Pump Day

On Thursday, June 21, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. CDTA will be hosting National Dump the Pump Day.

People in Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, and Saratoga County will be able to participate in a social media scavenger hunt for $1000 of CDTA bus passes.

To participate in the event, you must follow CDTA on Twitter here or by liking the CDTA facebook page here.

Participants who find the passes should take a photo of the location and post it with their reason for dumping the pump for the chance to win the grand prize “Summer Fun Connections Package.” The grand prize includes a 31-Day Rolling pass (three months), a four pack of Tri-City ValleyCats tickets, four tickets to CountryFest at the Times UnionCenter on July 7,two passes to attend New York Giants Training Camp and a pair of tickets to see the New York Yankees.

Volunteers sought to test Hudson watershed quality

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York conservation officials are looking for some help sampling the quality of water in streams and rivers in the Hudson River watershed.          

The Department of Environmental Conservation is inviting volunteers to sign up for training as "citizen monitors" to check waterways in the region.          

That includes the lower and upper Hudson and the Mohawk River watersheds.          

The volunteers will go out from July through September to collect certain insects and other small creatures from stream bottoms and save samples to be assessed by experts.          

The goal is to find waterways that might be compromised so they can be studied and restored.          

Green Living Science Fair to be held during the Altamont Fair

Green Living Science Fair to be held during the Altamont Fair

From August 14 through 19, the Altamont Fair will be hosting a Green Living Science Fair in the Ag and Science Building.

The science fair will be a great opportunity for kids to have some fun while learning about Green Living.

The top 4 projects of each age range (K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 grade) will receive prizes. $100 will be awarded to each first prize, $75 for second prize, $50 for third prize and $25 for fourth prize. 

The Green Living Science Fair is sponsored by County Waste.

For more information, please check the Altamont Fair’s website here.