- In Case you Missed It: A Recap of the CDPA Multi-use Trail Connections Tour
- Conference Volunteers Needed in June!
- Job Opening: Audubon International Seeking a Program Specialist
- CDPA Tour of the Albany County Sewer District North Treatment Plant
- Shelter Planning and Development, Inc. seeks a Project Administrator/Planner
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- Director of Development, Allegany County
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It was a mighty fine day for a bike ride this past Saturday and CDPA was fortunate to have a dozen folks meet us at the Island Creek Park in Albany for a tour of proposed, planned, under construction , and completed bike trail facilities along Albany’s Hudson River waterfront. Here are a few images from the event. Thanks to all of our presenters and attendees!
This year, the New York Upstate Chapter is hosting the APA Region 1 Conference here in the Capital District Section at the Saratoga Springs City Center. To make this a success, your help is needed! Will you volunteer?
Audubon International is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to delivering high-quality environmental education and using incentive-based approaches to implement sustainable natural resource management in several specific business and public sectors, including recreation facilities, landscaped green spaces, and small private communities and public municipalities.
Audubon is currently accepting applications for the position of Program Specialist.
First off – a big “THANK YOU” to Albany County Sewer District Executive Director Rich Lyons and his staff for welcoming our group and taking the time to lead us on a guided tour of the ACSD North Treatment Plant Facility.
Before setting out on foot to tour the plant, the tour’s participants viewed a presentation about the history of the facility, went over a sort of “plant operations 101,” and learned what environmental polices led to the plant’s construction and various improvements. Attendees learned about how natural resource recovery impacts the health of the Hudson River, how environmental regulations impact operations, and what innovative technologies are being employed at the North and South District plants. Participants were then provided with a narrated walking tour through the plant’s various stages of wastewater treatment stopping at a rack that removed large solids from the system, a series of 5 pumps capable of pumping more than 100 million daily gallons of effluent, a primary clarification system where sludge is removed before it is sent to an incinerator, secondary clarification in which sludge is digested by microorganisms, final clarification in which remaining sludge is ‘vacuumed’ up, chlorine disinfection, and then finally an innovative power generation plant capable of converting waste heat produced by the incinerator to produce electricity that could satisfy half of the plant’s energy needs. During the tour the group discussed stormwater management techniques and the impact of climate change on the facility, how regional planning is being implemented to address combined sewer overflows, and the programs and partnerships (many uncelebrated) that save taxpayers millions of dollars by literally creating value from waste product.
For those folks that missed the tour, a few photos are below. Honestly, this was a fun experience (one attendee equated it to being at Disney); the technology, science, and the ingenuity behind the operations that 99% of the general public takes for granted had folks awe-struck.
Our next event will take place on Saturday, May 9th. Click here to register for “Past, present, and future multi-use trail connections along the Hudson River’s western shore.”
Shelter Planning and Development, Inc. is a small community development consulting firm based in Queensbury NY. It is currently is seeking a planner/project administrator for diverse duties in the field of housing, economic development, planning and program implementation. Continue reading
Join attendees at the Town of Colonie; Public Operations Center; 347 Old Niskayuna Rd; Latham, NY
About the Webinar: Many existing workforce development and employment programs are expanding to incorporate installation and maintenance of green infrastructure practices, particularly in Cities that are ramping up deployment of green infrastructure practices. While this is a natural fit, programs must be tailored carefully to include not only technical training, but other workforce skills and support. In some cases, green infrastructure trainees are acquiring certifications to enhance their chances for employment in the field. This webcast features several programs around the country, and will highlight best practices for these types of programs, as well as critical lessons learned.
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The Albany Port District Commission is holding its 2nd Annual Port Industry Day in May. Continue reading
What if divided neighborhoods were causing public health problems? What if a new approach to planning and design could tackle both the built environment and collective well-being at the same time? Learn from Dr. Mindy Fullilove about nine tools that can mend our broken cities and reconnect our communities to make them whole. Continue reading
Included in the just enacted SFY 2015-16 State Budget is the New Water Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2015. This Act will provide $200 million for water and sewer infrastructure improvements at the local level.
Under the terms of the program, the State will pay for up to 60% of the cost of any eligible project. The program will be rolled out over three years, with $50 million available the first year and $75 million in the next two years.
The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (NYS EFC) will administer the program and will establish a process and timeframe under which municipalities can apply. In awarding such state financial assistance, consideration and preference must be given to municipalities that meet the hardship criteria established by NYS EFC and projects that result in the greatest water quality improvement or greatest reduction in serious risk to public health.
Information on other NYS EFC programs which benefit local governments can be downloaded via the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation Webpage.