Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants from EPA

We previously reported on this blog about over $2.4 million available in grants from the United States Forest Service for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has also released a request for proposals for 2014 GLRI activities. The EPA plans to award $27.5 million for up to 30 projects that will control invasive species, prevent the discharge of nutrients and sediment, and improve water quality in the Great Lakes.

More information is available online at .

Applications will be due Monday, August 25, 2014.

July Draft of the Cayuga County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan

Ag Plan logoCayuga County releases second draft of the County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan

Public Hearing set for August 26

The July Draft of the Cayuga County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan is now available for review. This document incorporates recommendations and suggestions from the public on the earlier draft released in May.

The draft plan can be found on the project website at A paper copy is also available for viewing at the Cayuga County Department of Planning and Economic Development offices located on the fifth floor of the County Office Building, 160 Genesee Street, Auburn, between the hours of 8 am and 3:30 pm.

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Planning and Zoning Summer Schools

The New York Planning Federation and the Association of Towns of New York State present

2014 Planning and Zoning Summer Schools

Topics include

  • Case law updates
  • SEQR
  • Regulating signs
  • Explaining unfamiliar planning and zoning terms
  • Riverfront Development Planning
  • Propane siting
  • Ethics
  • Common site plan mistakes

Registration and agendas online at

Town of Malone (Franklin County)

Monday, July 28, 2014
Mo’s Pub & Grill, 3357 State Route 11, Malone, NY 12953

City of Kingston (Ulster County)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Garden Plaza Hotel, 503 Washington Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401

Town of Colonie (Albany County)

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Century House, 997 New Loudon Road (Route 9), Latham, NY 12110

City of Batavia (Genesee County)

Friday, August 8, 2014
Clarion Hotel, 8250 Park Road, Batavia, NY 14020

Hazard Mitigation and You: Land Use Training, July 16 in Auburn

The Cayuga County Planning Board 2014 Land Use Training Series continues on July 16 with a training session on how to make hazard mitigation a regular part of what your municipality does.

Hazard Mitigation and You:

What You Need to Know

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 | 7 – 9 PM
Distance Learning Room at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES
1879 West Genesee Street Road, Auburn, NY 13021
Click HERE to register

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Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Information Meeting, June 30 in Spafford

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, an invasive insect that infects and can kill hemlock trees, has been in southern Cayuga County since at least 2012 and was recent confirmed on hemlocks in the Town of Niles.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County is hosting a public forum to discuss Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and its impacts on our forests and watershed.

6 – 8 pm, Monday, June 30, 2014
Spafford Town Hall

More information from CCE Onondaga online:

Hemlock branch infected with Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

Grasstravaganza 2014, July 17-19 at Morrisville State College

Grasstravaganza 2014

Pasture Soil Health Creates Wealth

July 17-19, 2014
Morrisville State College, Morrisville, New York

The Grasstravaganza grazing conference returns!

Filled with knowledgeable speakers, site tours and enthusiastic vendors, Grasstravaganza is specifically designed for farmers, consumers and agriculture professionals that would like to improve their bottom line through greater soil health.

Registration and information online:

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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants from U.S. Forest Service

The United States Forest Service has announced a grant funding opportunity for urban forestry projects in the Great Lakes Basin. Organizations active in the watershed of the Great Lakes, including Towns, Villages, and non-profits, are eligible to apply for projects to:

  • Restore urban and community forests ($120,000 total available)
  • Mitigate emerald ash borer impacts ($1,000,000 total available)
  • Reduce toxic substances in brownfield sites ($1,200,000 total available)
  • Develop ecosystem service markets ($100,000 total available)

For more information, visit the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) program webpage at:

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