Tracking New York City’s Coyote Population (Yes, There is a Coyote Population!)

The Gotham Coyote Project hopes to learn more about how coyotes navigate the city. Photo Credit: Gotham Coyote Project

You may not see them, but they’re there. More than 30 coyotes now call New York City home, and a new pilot project aims to find out just how these secretive creatures navigate a bustling metropolis relatively unseen. Continue reading “Tracking New York City’s Coyote Population (Yes, There is a Coyote Population!)”

Household Cleaners Must Reveal Their Chemical Ingredients

New disclosure rules passed by New York State apply to soaps, detergents and other cleansers used for households, dishes, utensils and fabrics.

New rules passed in New York State will require manufacturers to reveal the chemical ingredients in household cleaning products. Companies must also disclose internal research conducted on whether ingredients have any potential impacts on human health and the environment.

Under the Household Cleansing Product Information Disclosure program, this information must be posted on Internet web sites, initially in July 2019, with further details added by July 2020 and January 2023. There are exceptions for information considered a trade secret.

Source: Times Union

Floating Weed Harvester Gobbles Up Invasives in Prospect Park

Prospect Park Alliance has purchased a new $140,000 aquatic weed harvester to control invasive species. Photo via Prospect Park Alliance

A new “aquatic weed harvester” is being used to control unwanted invasive species in Prospect Park Lake. The machine will “gobble up” loads of aquatic primrose and duckweed, which grows across the surface of the lake in large mats, crowding out native flora. Continue reading “Floating Weed Harvester Gobbles Up Invasives in Prospect Park”

Your Challenge, Should You Choose to Accept It: I BIRD NY

2018 has been named the Year of the Bird by the National Audubon Society, National Geographic, BirdLife International, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Photo via U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the launch of two birding challenges for 2018. Continue reading “Your Challenge, Should You Choose to Accept It: I BIRD NY”

Dead Pigeons, Rats, Cockroaches Found in NYC Drinking Water Towers

The drinking water supply for offices of the New York City Department of Sanitation doesn’t even have a roof – just a tattered tarp. Photo by Frank G. Runyeon via City & State

New York City drinking water flows from some of the nation’s cleanest, most pristine reservoirs, but if your building or workplace relies on a water tower to store it, you may be consuming water that’s been contaminated by some very unsavory elements. Continue reading “Dead Pigeons, Rats, Cockroaches Found in NYC Drinking Water Towers”

Silt from the Buffalo River Used to Create New Habitat

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is using clean dredging material from the Buffalo River to create a shallow wetland habitat where a deep pond exists on the northern end of Unity Island. Photo via Buffalo News.

For years, sediment dredged from the bottom of the Buffalo River was considered so toxic it had to be hauled to a special disposal facility.

Now, after a $75 million cleanup, the sand, silt and gravel from the river is healthy enough to be used to build a new habitat for fish, shorebirds, turtles and other aquatic wildlife on Buffalo’s Unity Island.

Source: The Buffalo News

Warm Weather has Arrived, and Toxic Algae Blooms are Here for it

Certain environmental conditions, such as elevated levels of nutrients from human activities, warmer temperatures, still water, and plentiful sunlight can promote the growth of cyanobacteria. Photo via Christian Fischer/Creative Commons

It’s not even June, but the state Department of Environmental Conservation has already confirmed blue-green algae blooms in eight water bodies across New York. These blooms can produce toxins harmful to both people and animals, and any contact with affected water bodies should be avoided.

Most of the blooms are on Long Island and in New York City, typical for this early in the season. More blooms are expected across the state as temperatures rise. Continue reading “Warm Weather has Arrived, and Toxic Algae Blooms are Here for it”

Popular Stretch of Rockaway Beach Shut Down Indefinitely

Erosion at this portion of Rockaway Beach has been an ongoing concern for residents. Photo via Rockaway Times

Beach season kicks off this weekend, but for many residents and fans of Rockaway Beach, this summer will be a bummer.

On Monday, the Parks Department announced that an 11-block stretch of Rockaway Beach, between Beach 91st Street and Beach 102nd Street, will be closed indefinitely due to erosion. Continue reading “Popular Stretch of Rockaway Beach Shut Down Indefinitely”