Monday, June 15, 2009

Upcoming events in Planning and Environmental in Schuyler

Upcoming events in Planning and Environmental topics in
Schuyler county and surrounding areas

Saturday, June 20, 2009 9 a.m. to 12 noon- REGIONAL LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE ON NATURAL GAS DEVELOPMENT- State University of New York at Morrisville Student Activities Building Theater. Elected and appointed Town and County officials who are currently experiencing natural gas development activities in their communities or are located in the Marcellus Shale reserve and expect such activity in the coming months and years are encouraged to attend. The public is also invited to attend. Admission is free. Sponsored by: Association of Towns of New York State, New York State Association of Counties and State University of New York at Morrisville Madison. County Pre-registration is not required but preferred by contacting Town of Lebanon Supervisor Jim Goldstein at or (315) 837-4152

Sunday, June 21, 11:00am-12:00 Noon- Compost Tea & Crumpets
Several Master Composters from Tompkins County Cooperative Extension are offering compost classes through the Freeskool this summer. Compost tea is a nutrient-rich liquid, full of beneficial microorganisms that is quickly absorbed by plants. Join facilitators: Alan Bitar, Nicole Stumpf and Laura Woinoskius and learn how to brew your own; it's easy to do! Yes, there will really be crumpets! Optional: Bring your appetite and your Dad! Please RSVP to

Thursday, June 25 10am-Noon- Energy Town meeting focusing on Green Jobs. The forum is free and will be available via poly-com at Tompkins County Cooperative Extension.
For more information contact:
Mark Pierce
Extension Associate
E-202 MVR Hall
Cornell University

Thursday, June 25th- The Seneca Lake Area Partners in Five Counties (SLAP-5) invites you to attend a two-hour training that will help you fulfill New York State requirements for members of Planning Boards, Zoning Boards and Zoning Boards of Appeals. This training will focus on improving and maintaining Seneca Lake water quality which is fundamental to the economy and the quality of life in our watershed communities. The session will provide information about the lake’s current water quality and how land use decision-making can support the protection of the watershed’s natural resources. This training is free for additional details please call the Yates County Soil & Water Conservation District at 315-536-5188 to register for the session you would like to attend or request additional information.

Compost with Confidence
Last Saturday of every month (June through October), 12:00 noon-1:00 pm
Compost Demonstration Site, Ithaca Community Gardens (near the Farmers’ Market)
Master Composter volunteers will provide information and give hands-on demonstrations to help you set up and manage a composting system in any setting. Each class will cover the basics of composting to teach you how to manage a successful system with minimal effort. Visit the workshop(s) of your choice to also learn about:
June 27 - Getting started
July 25 - Troubleshooting
August 29 - Is it done? & Compost Uses
September 26 - "Stealth" Composting (double-bin, indoor system)
October 31 - Winter Composting
Knowledgeable composting instructors will be happy to answer all of your questions and free informational fact sheets will be available. Registration not required - just show up! For more information, an updated event schedule or compost resources, visit our website, call the "Rotline" at (607) 272-2292 or email Adam Michaelides at

June 30, 6:30 pm, Finger Lakes Institute Classroom
Lakefriendly Households: Is Your Home Healthy and Environmentally Friendly?
Part 1-Sarah Meyer, FLI Community Outreach Coordinator
Sponsored by the Ontario County Water Resource Council Special Projects Fund
There are multiple sources of pollution to the Finger Lakes environment, including households. Whether you live along a lakeshore, in view of a lake, or draw drinking water from Finger Lakes groundwater, all households can become more lake friendly. Every household in the Finger Lakes watersheds can improve water quality through simple and constructive efforts on their property. This program will identify the correlations between lakeshore and watershed development and water quality and household environmental risk. Participants in this 2-part series program will learn about household water quality, health, and environmental risks and discuss topics such as drinking water wells, water conservation, wastewater and solid waste management, stormwater runoff, fuel storage, and heating/cooling systems. This program is free and open to the public.

July 15th, 6-8 pm the Rural Stormwater Coalition will be holding a Rain Barrel and Rain Garden Informational Workshop at the Human Services Complex. Attendees will receive information on proper use and placement of a rain barrel as well as information on designing and developing rain gardens. All attendees will be entered to win a free rain barrel. Rain barrels will also be available for sale ($25) at the workshop. Pre-registation required by calling Schuyler County Soil and Water Conservation District at 535-9650. Workshop is free and open to the public.