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2016 Annual Celebration and Awards Reception
Join us for an afternoon Film Screening and Chapter Celebration in the evening where we will present the 2016 Chapter Awards (Sky Armory in Syracuse NY). Details coming soon.
Check out the NY Upstate Chapter November Newsletter
SHARE A PROJECT
What's Happening All Around Upstate?
This is your chance to highlight a local/regional project (not projects done beyond our chapter boundaries) that members might not have a chance to travel to. Photos and descriptions can be published in this year's printed book "Year in Review". We want to showcase new projects with great photos and short blurbs. Submit a project description and high quality photos to Nicole Mix, email@example.com by November 30.
Documented Historic Landscape Sent to Library of Congress
In November, 2016, the NY Upstate Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects received notification from the National Park Service that our 2016 HALS Challenge entry (Warner Castle, Sunken Garden, HALS No. NY-10) was officially transmitted to the Library of Congress to become part of the permanent historic record. This effort was completed through a collaboration between the Rochester Section of NYU-ASLA and the Rochester Civic Garden Center.
Continuing HALS in NY Upstate
The NY Upstate Chapter is committed to ramping up these efforts and carrying out documentations each year. Our chapter’s HALS liaison (Zakery Steele, ASLA) can provide technical guidance on preparing HALS documentations or help connect land owners, community groups, local governments, or non-profits to other historic professionals who can assist in documenting sites across the upstate region. Highly threatened historic landscapes may also be accessible to pro-bono or financial grant assistance to complete documentations. Please contact Zakery Steele at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Construction Stormwater General Permit Modified to Require Use of Updated Blue Book
NYS DEC has modified the SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activity (GP-0-15-002) to require use of the recently updated (November 2016) New York State Standards and Specifications for Erosion and Sediment Control (Blue Book) for the selection, design, installation, implementation and maintenance of erosion and sediment controls required by GP-0-15-002. See:
The permit modification is dated November 23, 2016, but the requirement to use the updated Blue Book will not be effective until February 1, 2017 to provide a transition period for projects currently under design. For more information, view the November 23 Environmental Notice Bulletin.
NYS DEC ENB - Statewide Notices 11/23/2016
State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activity
Permit No. GP-0-15-002
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has modified the SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activity (GP-0-15-002) to require the use of the recently updated New York State Standards and Specifications for Erosion and Sediment Control (Blue Book), dated November 2016; for the selection, design, installation, implementation and maintenance of erosion and sediment controls required by GP-0-15-002. The permit modification is dated November 23, 2016, however, the requirement to use the updated Blue Book will not be effective until February 1, 2017 to provide a transition period for projects currently under design.
A copy of the modified General Permit is available on the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/43133.html.
If you have any questions, please contact David Gasper using the following contact information.
Contact: David Gasper, NYS DEC - Division of Water, Stormwater Permit Section, 625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233-3505, Phone: (518) 402-8114, E-mail: email@example.com.
2017 RFP: Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Grants
Now accepting proposals: November – January 31, 2017
Webinar on Application & Process: – November 15, 2016
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), USDA Forest Service (USFS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), FedEx, Southern Company and Alcoa Foundation are pleased to solicit applications for the 2017 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration program. The Five Star and Urban Waters program will award approximately $2.5 million in grants nationwide.
The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration grant program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds and the species and habitats they support. Projects include a variety of ecological improvements including: wetland, riparian, forest and coastal habitat restoration; wildlife conservation; community tree canopy enhancement; and/or water quality monitoring and stormwater management; along with targeted community outreach, education and stewardship. NFWF may use a mix of public and private funding sources to support any grant made through this program.
Priority will be given to projects in urban, suburban and/or rural areas that advance water quality goals in environmental justice communities such as neighborhoods with high concentrations of minority and low-income populations. On behalf of the Urban Waters Federal Partnership, EPA’s Urban Waters Program will give special consideration to project proposals that advance the priorities in the 19 Urban Waters Federal Partnership designated locations.
View details about and a map of these designated locations.
View the 2017 Request for Proposals.
FROM THE NYS DEC
Oak Wilt Found On Long Island
Residents Encouraged to Report Any Sudden Loses of Oak Tree Leaves during the Month of August...This is the second location in New York that oak wilt has been confirmed, the first being in Schenectady County in 2008 and 2013. more information (8/2/16)
Be on the look-out for oak wilt! More Info from the Cornell Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic... more
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