From the DEC
DEC has finalized updates to the New York State Standards and Specifications for Erosion and Sediment Control (Blue Book). The Blue Book provides standards and specifications for the selection, design and implementation of erosion and sediment control practices for the development of Erosion and Sediment Control Plans for the SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activity. The document is available for download on the Construction Stormwater Toolbox webpage.
Drought in Effect in NYS – Help Conserve Water
Although recent rains have provided some relief, most of Western NYS remains under a drought warning, with the rest of the state under a drought watch. You can do your part to save water.
Check for leaks. Make sure your faucets, toilets, and showerheads are not leaking and check your sprinkler system. If you find leaks, fix them—leaks can waste nearly 1,000 gallons of water each month.
For more tips on conserving water, visit DEC’s Saving Water Makes Good Sense webpage.
Harmful Algal Bloom Notices
New information about lakes with harmful algal blooms (HABs) has been posted today, August 12, on the DEC Harmful Algal Blooms Notifications webpage.
This week, 10 waterbodies in several locations in the state were added to the notification list. There are currently 49 waterbodies with blooms on the notification list.
Animal Exposure Concerns
Dogs, pets or livestock should be kept out of any surface scums or heavily discolored water, and should be rinsed with clean water if they are exposed to blooms. HABs can stick to and become concentrated on animal fur, creating a health risk when the animal grooms itself. This is particularly important because HABs may release a fast-acting nerve toxin that can be dangerous for pets, especially dogs that swim in blooms. Seek veterinary assistance should your pet show any signs of distress after exposure to a bloom. These signs include:
Stumbling, seizures, convulsions, paralysis
Excessive salivation or drooling
Disorientation, inactivity or depression
Elevated heart rate, and difficulty breathing
If you see or suspect any of these symptoms, particularly within 30 minutes to a few hours after exposure to an algal bloom, seek immediate veterinary care. For more information, visit DEC’s Information about Harmful Algal Blooms webpage.
Avoid and report suspected blooms
Because waterbodies may have harmful algal blooms that have not been reported to DEC, we recommend avoiding contact with floating mats, scum and discolored water.
If you suspect you have seen a harmful algal bloom, or you, your family, or pet has been in contact with a harmful algal bloom, please follow the instructions for reporting a bloom to DEC. If you see it, avoid it and report it!