Joe Martens

By Lissa Harris on Saturday, Jul. 11, 2015 - 12:58 am
In one of his final acts as New York State's top environmental official, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens acted on Friday to allow the long-awaited Belleayre Resort project in the Catskills to move forward.  In a... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Thursday, May. 14, 2015 - 11:31 am
Due to a rash of wildfires across the state, including many in the Catskills, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday, May 13 that a ban on residential brush burning will be extended until May 21. The ban, which goes into effect every year for the dry... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Thursday, Sep. 4, 2014 - 12:16 pm
Above: Kaaterskill Falls shot from behind in January 2014 by Dave Hebb, who shared the photo in the Watershed Post Flickr pool.   After two people fell to their deaths off Kaaterskill Falls in Greene County this summer, the New York State Department of... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 - 10:10 am
This morning, a joint legislative budget hearing was packed to the gills as Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner Joe Martens testified to legislators about hydraulic fracturing. Martens began speaking at 9:30am. The Democrat and Chronicle... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 - 12:16 pm
A New York Times headline yesterday: "After Early Gallop, Albany Slows to Crawl in Making Decision on Gas Drilling." Reporter Mireya Navarro points to an accumulating pile of evidence that New York State's government is a good deal less enamored of... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 - 8:53 am
The public comment period for the draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) about hydraulic fracturing in New York State closed yesterday with more comments than any other state environmental issue ever. New York State Department... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Friday, Sep. 30, 2011 - 9:50 am
Above: Locations of upcoming public hearings on the DEC's new draft gas drilling regulations.   On Wednesday, September 28, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation riled environmental and anti-driling groups by issuing drafts of... Read more
By wateradmin on Sunday, Jul. 10, 2011 - 10:11 am
"Potshots," by Bovina artist Gary Mayer, runs every Sunday. You can see Gary's collected Sunday cartoons by clicking here.   Mayer is an artist who's lived in Bovina for the past seven years. Originally hailing from Detroit, he lived for many... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Tuesday, Jul. 5, 2011 - 12:21 am
Above: Slide from DEC Commissioner Joe Martens' presentation on hydraulic fracturing regulations on Friday. It's officially a draft of a draft. But a 736-page document from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, released to the media... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Friday, Jul. 1, 2011 - 8:54 am
Right on time for its July 1 deadline, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation will be releasing its recommendations for the statewide regulation of hydraulic fracturing today. There will be a big press conference (viewable via webcast) at... Read more


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