Saturday, April 24, 2010

Electronics Recycling Collection - Sat. May 1st, and Sat. May 15th

Home Electronics Recycling Collection Events:

Computers, monitors, fluorescent bulbs, video games, propane tanks, power supplies, televisions ($5 fee), freon appliances ($5 fee). Limit two TV's per household.

May 1st - Town of Scipio Office Complex, Rt 34 & Quarry Road, Scipio, NY
Time: 10:00am- 1:00pm

May 15th - Natural Resources Center, County House Road, Auburn, NY
Time: 9:00am- 1:00pm

For more Information call Cornell Cooperative Extension at 315.255.1183

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Earth Day!

It all started 40 years ago this week! It was April 22, 1970; the first Earth Day brought citizens around the world out to make a difference to save the earth. I remember being in grade school and we had an entire day field trip to do hands-on water testing and learn about the environment. I never really thought about it, but it must be where and how I got my start!

So what can you do? Start today....turn off that unused light, hang your clothes out on the line to dry, don't print out that report - read it on-line, recycle your cans/bottles/newspapers, etc. Better yet, get involved with the Owasco Watershed Lake Association. Come to our next meeting on May 5th, 7pm at the Springside Inn in Fleming and learn more about how you can help protect Owasco Lake.

Also, be sure to check out the Earth911 web site for lots of "green" ideas and information on recycling.

Get out and enjoy the spring weather..............and be sure to act "green"!

- Lakeman

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Forum to discuss Marcellus Shale gas drilling - April 29th

Gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation has been a hot topic in upstate New York for some time now. Come out on April 29th to learn more about gas drilling in Cayuga County. The forum will include information on  drilling past and  potential, along with resources for landowners and municipalities. Bill Kappell of the US Geological Survey will lead the presentation.

The event will take place from 7-8:30pm Thursday April 29th at Cayuga Community College's Bisgrove Theater, 197 Franklin St., in Auburn.

The forum is being sponsored by the Cayuga County Department of Planning and Economic Development.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

2010 Annual Tree, Shrub and Groundcover Sale

If you are looking to add some natural buffer to your stream or lake shore, we have got the deal for you.

The Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District is holding its Annual Tree, Shrub and Groundcover Sale. The sale includes many species of trees and groundcover that should cover your needs. There are only two weeks left to order your trees and shrubs(deadline is April 30th, 2010).

So check the sale out at the link below and use the handy online order form to place your request with CCSWCD. If you have questions


If you have questions, feel free to contact the Soil and Water Conservation District for more information at 315-252-4171.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

More ways to protect our waters!

There is a new environmental web site that you might want to check out; Green Thumbs for Blue Water . Green Thumbs for Blue Water is an educational program for riparian and lakeshore residents who are concerned about erosion and water quality. The program focuses on the use of backyard buffers to minimize erosion and integrated pest management techniques for maintaining healthy and environmentally-friendly lawns and landscapes.

Green Thumbs for Blue Water is sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County with funding from the Great Lakes Commission. 

Check it out at this link:

Saturday, April 3, 2010

April Events at the Finger Lakes Institute

Sarah Meyer from the Finger Lakes Insititute sent us an update on things going on with FLI, check them out in their news letter from the link below!

April 2010 Happenings

Read the ENTIRE April 2010 Happenings newsletter online at

FLI April Events
·         Saturday, April 10, 10:00 am, Service Through Science: Kashong Conservation Area Cleanup VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
·         Wednesday, April 14, 7:00 pm, Canandaigua Lake Chapter of Trout Unlimited
·         Saturday, April 17, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Science on Seneca Training Day
·         Tuesday, April 20, 7:00 pm, Preserving the Biological Diversity of the Finger Lakes Region
·         Saturday, April 24, 10:00 am-1:00pm, Service Through Science: Honeoye Lake Roadside Cleanup VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
·         Sunday, April 25, 9:00 am, Service Through Science: FLI Demonstration Rain Garden and Yard Spring Clean