SPEAK OUT: Urge Your Lawmakers to Stop Crippling Cuts to Environmental Funding

Gov. David Paterson’s recently released 2010-11 budget includes a $79-million cut to the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). For 16 years, the EPF has been the state’s dedicated account for projects with wide-ranging economic and environmental benefits. These projects create jobs, attract tourists and help drive the Hudson Valley’s emerging green economy. The proposed cuts will bring all this to a screeching halt — slashing the Hudson River Estuary Program and placing a moratorium on all state land acquisition projects.

Read On: http://www.scenichudson.org/nysbudget


  1. Northern Dutchess Alliance to Address Pressing Regional Issues
    NDA To Host Quarterly Public Forums

    DUTCHESS COUNTY, New York – As a centerpiece of its work in 2010, Northern Dutchess Alliance today announced it will present a series of four public forums on the most pressing challenges facing area towns: economic development compatible with agriculture; protecting unique historic sites; protecting and managing water as an essential resource; and finding ways to share services across communities to reduce costs and improve delivery.

    “The series is central to NDA’s mission to provide a means for all stakeholders to come together to address issues of regional interest, and it’s a perfect follow up to the release of NDA’s Blueprint for Economic Development,” say Lucy Hayden, President of NDA. “It’s putting the Blueprint into practice while looking at issues that cross municipal boundaries.”

    The forums will feature expert panels bridging varied perspectives, and will allow time for questions and open public dialogue about creative solutions. Following each forum, NDA will publish a white paper to disseminate the ideas and strategies that come out of the discussions.

    “The aim is to facilitate important regional conversations, supported by the most current information, leading voices, and public interest, in order to generate workable strategies,” says Hayden, “we intend to capture that information and put in the hands of the people who can make things happen,” concluded, Hayden.

    NDA has selected three venues for the quarterly forums: Norrie Point Environmental Center, a beautiful riverfront facility in Staatsburg managed by the Department of Environmental Conservation; Astor Courts, a historic private residence in Rhinebeck; and Omega Institute’s Center for Sustainable Living, a state-of-the-art water reclamation facility and environmental education center, located in the Town of Clinton.

    These forums will be free and open to the public. A detailed schedule follows.
    Wednesday, March 17th, 4 pm – 7 pm
    Trends in Agriculture and Compatible Economic Development
    Norrie Point Environmental Center, Staatsburg, NY
    Wednesday, June 16th, 4 pm- 7 pm
    Strengthening Protection of Our Historic Sites
    Astor Courts, Rhinebeck, NY
    Wednesday, September 15th, 4 pm- 7 pm
    Water and Wastewater: Maintaining Quality and Supply
    Omega Institute, Clinton, NY
    Wednesday, December 15th, 4 pm- 7 pm
    Shared Services among Northern Dutchess Towns
    Norrie Point Environmental Center, Staatsburg, NY

    About Northern Dutchess Alliance:
    Northern Dutchess Alliance aims to create a broad-based and inclusive institutional structure for regional cooperation and economic development throughout Northern Dutchess County with a public process that will lead to the implementation of the goals, ideas and policies established by the members of Northern Dutchess Alliance. Current members include many of the Towns, Villages, School Districts, Chambers of Commerce and other business associations of Clinton, Hyde Park, Milan, Pleasant Valley, Red Hook/Tivoli, Rhinebeck, and Stanford, as well as organizations such as Bard College, Omega Institute, Winnakee Land Trust and Scenic Hudson.


  2. Don’t Flush or Pour Unwanted, Unused, or Expired Medications down the Drain

    The Dutchess County Environmental Management Council, is proud to announce the establishment of a year-round household medication drop-off point in Dutchess County, at Tuminaro Pharmacy in Hopewell Junction, NY.

    The program is an effort to protect NY’s waters, as improperly disposed pharmaceuticals enter our waterways from a variety of sources including flushing of unused medications. According to the NY Department of Environmental Conservation website, a nationwide study done in 1999 and 2000 by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) found low levels of drugs such as antibiotics, hormones, contraceptives and steroids in 80% of the rivers and streams tested.

    EMC’s Take-Back Program at Tuminaro Pharmacy, Hopewell Junction

    The Dutchess EMC’s pharmaceutical take-back program is Free and Open to the public during Tuminaro Pharmacy’s regular business hours. The pharmacy is located at 800 Rt. 82, Hopewell Junction, NY, 12533 (map). The program is available for residential consumers only for the take-back of non-controlled substances. For more information contact Tuminaro Pharmacy at 845-223-7858, or by email at papojude@yahoo.com.

    * For an alphabetical list of controlled substances that Tuminaro Pharmacy cannot accept, please see the US Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Agency website.
    * For more information and tips on safe disposal options for unused household prescriptions, click on the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC’s) website on this issue.
    * Please check back with our website for information about future medical waste drop off days being planned by the Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency.
    * Read the February 14, 2010 Poughkeepsie Journal EcoFocus Article, by Emma J. Rosi-Marshall (Cary Institute) “Our River on Drugs.”

    The EMC welcomes participation from other pharmacies in Dutchess County in this program. Contact the EMC if you are interested in joining our efforts to get more pharmacy’s to take back unused medication.


    1. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23503485/

      Pharmaceuticals lurking in U.S. drinking water
      AP probe found traces of meds in water supplies of 41 million Americans

      By Jeff Donn, Martha Mendoza and Justin Pritchard
      updated 11:06 a.m. ET March 10, 2008

      Editor’s note: First of a three-part series.

      A vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows.

      To be sure, the concentrations of these pharmaceuticals are tiny, measured in quantities of parts per billion or trillion, far below the levels of a medical dose. Also, utilities insist their water is safe.
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      But the presence of so many prescription drugs — and over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen and ibuprofen — in so much of our drinking water is heightening worries among scientists of long-term consequences to human health.

      From California to New Jersey
      In the course of a five-month inquiry, the AP discovered that drugs have been detected in the drinking water supplies of 24 major metropolitan areas — from Southern California to Northern New Jersey, from Detroit to Louisville, Ky.


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