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Boats entering Lake George have to be inspected and clean, drained, and dry. Photo: Sarah Harris
Boats entering Lake George have to be inspected and clean, drained, and dry. Photo: Sarah Harris

Cuomo signs bill to prevent spread of aquatic invasive species

Governor Cuomo signed a bill into law that requires New York boaters to take "reasonable precautions" to keep invasive species from spreading. That means cleaning, draining, and drying boats before they launch. Conservationists say the new law will help keep aquatic invaders out of North Country waterways.  Go to full article
Sign outside the offices of NOFA in Richmond, VT. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/donshall/4865659615">Don Shall</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New York residents challenged to eat local

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state residents are being challenged to eat local in September.

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York is launching its fifth annual month-long Locavore Challenge on Monday.  Go to full article

Utility and national company to talk energy

ESSEX, Vt. (AP) Officials from Vermont's largest utility and a national renewable energy company are going to announce plans for a project that they say would make the state as a leader in the movement toward cost-effective sustainable energy solutions.

Gov. Peter Shumlin, officials from Green Mountain Power and NRG Energy will be making the announcement on Tuesday in Essex.  Go to full article
Apples at the Rochester Public Market. Photo by Kate O'Connell

NY apple growers expect above-average harvest

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Apple-picking season is underway in New York and growers are expecting another good year, following 2013's record crop.

New York Farm Bureau...  Go to full article
Spotted wing fruit fly, <em>Drosophila suzukii</em>. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/31031835@N08/9902714764/">John Tann</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Invasive Asian fruit fly devastates Northeast berry crops

A new invasive insect that devastates berry crops threatens millions of dollars worth of the fall harvest in the northeast. It's called the Asian spotted wing fruit fly, and...  Go to full article
Workers are completing construction of a series of six metal towers, connected by elevated walkways, through the woods at the Wild Center. Photo: Todd Moe

A walk among the treetops takes shape in Tupper Lake

Next summer visitors to the Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks in Tupper Lake, N.Y., will able to view the surrounding landscape at treetop level. Construction on the...  Go to full article
One of the monarchs released Saturday at the Paul Smiths VIC rests on a Black-eyed Susan.  Photo:  Todd Moe

Paul Smith's VIC bids "adios" to monarchs migrating south

About 40 guests and staff gathered at the butterfly house at the Paul Smith's Visitors Interpretive Center, the VIC, in Paul Smith's N.Y., for an end-of-the-season monarch...  Go to full article
Spiny water fleas. Photo: National Park Service

Invasive spiny water flea confirmed in Lake Champlain

Spiny water flea has officially officially arrived in Lake Champlain.

Spiny water flea is an invasive species, a small crustacean that fouls fishing lines, eats...  Go to full article
Sea lamprey larvae that washed up on shore. The longer they are, the older they are. Inset: mouth of adult lamprey, courtesy US Fish and Wildlife Service. Photo: Sarah Harris

Combating sea lamprey on Lake Champlain

It's not easy to control invasive species like Eurasian watermilfoil and spiny water flea once they've established themselves in a waterbody. But scientists have learned how...  Go to full article
Idling motors waiting to clear customs and the Peace Bridge have a big impact on air quality. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/chapstickaddict/974237114/">chapstickaddict</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY launches yearlong air study at Peace Bridge

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The state Department of Environmental Conservation has launched a yearlong study of air quality in the neighborhood near the Peace Bridge in Buffalo....  Go to full article

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