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Save the Date! APA Region 1 Conference, June 25-26, 2015

Save the Date Region 1 2015

In Case you Missed It: A Recap of the CDPA Multi-use Trail Connections Tour

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!

Looking south on to the Hudson from the Island Creek Fishing Pier

Looking south on to the Hudson River from the Island Creek Park Fishing Pier

Peter Thomas shares historical images of the former D&H Rail line and a map illustrating the proposed "South End Bikeway Link" connection from this soon-to-be-constructed rail trail to the Corning Preserve portion of the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail.

Peter Thomas shares historical images of the former D&H Rail line and a map illustrating the proposed “South End Bikeway Link” connection from this soon-to-be-constructed rail trail to the Corning Preserve portion of the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail.

City of Albany Planner Kate Lawrence shares highlights of the Corning Preserve Master Plan

City of Albany Planner Kate Lawrence shares highlights of the Corning Preserve Master Plan while Ivan Vamos pitches in to recount this history of the original Corning Preserve and Trail 

Tour participants hear Martin Daley share the history of the Livingston Avenue Bridge and tout the benefits of restored bike and pedestrian access across a rebuilt bridge.

Tour participants hear Martin Daley share the history of the Livingston Avenue Bridge and tout the benefits of restored bike and pedestrian access across a rebuilt bridge.

Conference Volunteers Needed in June!

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?

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Job Opening: Audubon International Seeking a Program Specialist

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.

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CDPA Tour of the Albany County Sewer District North Treatment Plant

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.

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These racks at the ‪Albany‬ County Sewer District’s north plant pull tons of nasty solid material from wastewater prior to treatment.

These are 5 huge pumps have the ability to move more than 100 million gallons of effluent in a single day.

These are 5 huge pumps have the ability to move more than 100 million gallons of effluent in a single day.

In secondary treatment, bacteria feasts on the organic solids in wastewater, a natural process sped up by man-made engineering ingenuity.

In secondary treatment, bacteria feasts on the organic solids in wastewater, a natural process sped up by man-made engineering ingenuity.

After final treatment the effluent is disinfected and then dechlorinated.

After final treatment the effluent is disinfected and then dechlorinated.

Treated wastewater is then discharged.

Treated wastewater is then discharged.

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. seeks a Project Administrator/Planner

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

Green Infrastructure and Green Jobs Webinar

On  May 20, from  1 – 2:30 PM, the Albany County Stormwater Coalition will host a “Stormwater Wednesdays” webinar “Green Infrastructure and Green Jobs.”

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.

Call or e-mail to reserve a seat: 447-5645 or swcoalition@albanycounty.com

2nd Annual Port Industry Day

The Albany Port District Commission is holding its 2nd Annual Port Industry Day in May. Continue reading

An Evening with Dr. Mindy Fullilove, author of “Urban Alchemy”

Urban Alchemy

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

Tonight: April 13: Streetfilms Mini-Festival to feature sustainable transportation and environmental groups

Local bicycling, transportation and environmental groups are gearing up for the April 13 Streetfilms Mini-Festival at Albany’s Madison Theater. Groups will be setting up information tables for the audience to peruse and learn about upcoming sustainability, bicycling and transportation initiatives prior to the film festival. Host organizations include the Livingston Avenue Bridge CoalitionAlbany Bicycle Coalition, Capital District Transportation Committee, Capital CarShare, the Albany Police Department’s Traffic Safety Stakeholders’ Committee, Bikeable UAlbany, PAUSE, Solarize Albany, South End Bikeway Link, Parks and Trails New York and Albany’s Protected Bike Lane Coalition.

little bikesTheater doors will open at 6:15, the free film festival will start at 7 pm and will run about 45 minutes.  Following the screening, there will be a Q and A with Streetfilms’ own Clarence Eckerson. The event is sponsored by Albany’s Protected Bike Lane Coalition and the Madison Theater — the Madison concession stand will be open before the films start and selling snacks.

Founded in 2006, Streetfilms has become the go-to organization for educational films about sustainable transportation, and inspires action and behavioral change worldwide. Individuals, public agencies, non-profit organizations, schools, and transportation advocacy groups use Streetfilms to educate decision makers and make change for livable streets in their communities.

New Water Infrastructure Improvement Act of  2015 to Provide $200 Million for Local Governments

Strategic waste water infrastructure investement is critical to the health and safety of our communities

Strategic waste water infrastructure investment is critical to the health and safety of our communities. Elberon Place in Albany’s Pine Hills, is a victim of frequent flooding from storm surges and thus it’s just one of many areas in which investment is desperately needed.

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.