Environment
Tappan Zee bridge build puts sturgeon under stress

Tappan Zee bridge build puts sturgeon under stress

Each spring, Atlantic sturgeon, a species dating back more than 120 million years to the era of the dinosaurs, swim up the Hudson River to spawn. These ocean-dwelling behemoths, which measure six feet or more at maturity, vacuum up mollusks, crustaceans, plants and small fish from the river bottom with their snout-like mouths and lay...
Clearwater organization looks to right the ship after recent turmoil

Clearwater organization looks to right the ship after recent turmoil

This summer, for the first time since it became a regular annual event at Croton Point Park in 1979, Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival Festival isn’t happening. In what one observer characterized as “a perfect storm of problems,” the non-profit organization founded by Pete Seeger in 1969 with the launch of the sloop Clearwater which...
Environmentalists wary of shared Pilgrim Pipeline review

Environmentalists wary of shared Pilgrim Pipeline review

By Ulster Publishing staff While virtually every government entity through which the proposed 178-mile petroleum products Pilgrim Pipeline would run called for the state Department of Environmental Conservation, not the state Thruway Authority, to serve as the lead agency for its state-mandated environmental review, on Monday it was announced that both entities will serve as...
Larissa Walker, defender of bees and butterflies, got her start in Kingston

Larissa Walker, defender of bees and butterflies, got her start in Kingston

Kingston High School alumna Larissa Walker, now the pollinator campaign director and a policy analyst for the Center for Food Safety in Washington D.C., says the freedom and variety of opportunities her alma mater offered allowed her to become successful. She said what she learned in Kingston fortified her stance against chemicals and practices that...
Pilgrim Pipeline application moves forward, but resistance building

Pilgrim Pipeline application moves forward, but resistance building

After Pilgrim Pipeline filed applications for permits to use the Thruway corridor as a right-of-way last week, opponents of the 178-mile crude oil/refined petroleum products pipeline restated their opposition to the project and demanded that the state Department of Environmental Conservation lead the environmental review rather than the Thruway Authority. “These pipelines would directly contradict...
Kingston After Dark: The artist at 70

Kingston After Dark: The artist at 70

It’s moving to hear a song like “Ride Out Any Storm” on activist Tom Chapin’s great new album, 70. Folk elements straight out of the bright light of protest music anchor these songs of determination. You certainly feel Chapin’s continuing vitality. I ask him whether protest can still weather the storm and make peace prevail...
Hein, local pols, concerned citizens pan Pilgrim plan

Hein, local pols, concerned citizens pan Pilgrim plan

The potential health and safety risks posed by the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline, which would carry volatile Bakken crude oil from Albany to a refinery in New Jersey and a variety of petroleum products back the other way, were highlighted by a rally May 18 at the Ulster County Courthouse. County Executive Mike Hein, speaking at...
Push on to amend charter to give public more control over city’s drinking water

Push on to amend charter to give public more control over city’s drinking water

In the wake of a bottling company’s self-aborted bid to construct a plant in the Town of Ulster and use millions gallons from Kingston’s water supply, city lawmakers say they want to establish new rules to give elected officials more control over Kingston’s drinking water. But doing so will require a change in the city...
Conversation’s begun, but bag ban a ways off

Conversation’s begun, but bag ban a ways off

Kingston lawmakers have kicked off a discussion on how to curb the use of single-use plastic bags in the city. But, with lawmakers’ proposals ranging from an outright ban to an educational campaign on the bags’ environmental toll, city residents are unlikely to see major changes anytime soon. “The votes aren’t there now,” said Alderman...
Niagara comes to Red Hook

Niagara comes to Red Hook

Niagara Bottling, poised to undertake a long and likely contentious environmental review of a proposed bottling facility in the Town of Ulster, is expanding its search for water sources to a natural spring in the Town of Red Hook. Minutes from an Oct. 8 meeting of Red Hook’s Conservation Advisory Committee show Town Board member...
Ulster town supe says Niagara plan warrants full-scale environmental review

Ulster town supe says Niagara plan warrants full-scale environmental review

Town of Ulster Supervisor James Quigley III said this week he will recommend a “positive declaration of environmental significance” on Niagara Bottling’s proposal to build a water bottling facility at a vacant parcel near the old IBM campus. If the board agrees at its meeting set for Thursday, Nov. 20, it means the controversial plan...
We’ve got this: Town of Ulster to lead vetting for bottling plant

We’ve got this: Town of Ulster to lead vetting for bottling plant

The State Department of Environmental Conservation has declined to take a lead role in reviewing a plan for a proposed water bottling plant in the Town of Ulster. The decision comes despite pleas from opponents of the plant who had hoped for what they believed would be a more rigorous review by the state agency....