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Garbage Piling Up On Long Island Due To Trucking Shortage

A quick fix, which would have the waste taken off the island by railcars, has to be approved by the Department of Environmental Conservation.

07/03/2014

Eric Lester holding his 60 pound state record striped bass he caught on May 14, 2014
from the Hudson River in Orange County. (credit: NYSDEC)

Fisherman Sets Record For Largest Striped Bass Caught In New York

An Orange County fisherman has bragging rights for catching the biggest striped bass in New York’s freshwater fishing records.

05/21/2014

Exclusive photos obtained by CBS 2 show more dumping of asbestos and other hazardous materials in a park in Central Islip. (Credit: CBS 2)

Town Of Islip To Test All Parks After More Asbestos Contamination Is Discovered

An investigation has widened into suspected toxic dumping on Long Island, after another public park tested positive for hazardous materials.

05/16/2014

FILE -- Earth Day volunteers in New York City. (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Tri-State Area Commemorates Earth Day With Series Of Events

Activities include hikes, wildlife watching, tree-planting and educational exhibits.

04/22/2014

A Mute Swan (file/credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Some Sheepshead Bay Residents Not Happy With DEC’s Plan To Remove Mute Swans

Mute swans are large white birds with orange and black bills; they are less vocal than other swans.

01/25/2014

A Mute Swan (file/credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

New York State Considers Killing Or Capturing All Mute Swans

State officials said an overpopulation of the swans threatens water plants, water quality, puts planes at risk and displaces local birds.

01/17/2014

FILE - Debris is left out for removal on November 20, 2012 in Long Beach, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

AG: L.I. Company Sent Deceptive Letters To Sandy Victims To Drum Up Business

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said G.C. Environmental, Inc. mailed nearly 2,300 letters to property owners that closely resembled State Department of Environmental Conservation notices.

10/31/2013

Hudson River (file / credit: Evan Bindelglass/ WCBS 880)

State Recruits ‘Citizen Scientists’ To Collect Bugs From Stream Beds

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has recruited citizen scientists to collect bugs and other invertebrates from stream bottoms, as part of a project to assess water quality in the Genesee, Delaware, Hudson, and Mohawk River watersheds.

07/14/2013

Baby falcons atop the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge with their nervous mother in the background (credit: MTA)

Four Rare Falcon Chicks Living On GWB Banded By City

The chicks hatched three weeks ago on a girder six feet below the bridge’s lower level. Their parents are among 20 pairs of peregrine falcons living in New York City.

05/21/2013

FILE - A snakehead fish. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Signs Warn Anglers Of Predator Fish In Harlem Meer

The signs around the Harlem Meer ask anyone who catches the northern snakehead fish not to return it to the water. Anglers are asked to “secure the fish” and “keep it in a secure container until it is picked up by officials.”

05/01/2013

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Long Island Groundwater Cleanup Plan Chosen By DEC

The Department of Environmental Conservation says it will target groundwater hot spots at Operable Unit 3 of Northrop Grumman’s Bethpage Facility to diminish the threat to wells that provide public drinking water.

04/02/2013

Fracking Rig (file / credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Cuomo Awaits Health Study, Delays Decision On Fracking

Cuomo is expected to announce a formal decision after the Department of Environmental Conservation completes its 5-year environmental impact study in the coming weeks.

03/03/2013

Cars in Calverton (Credit: CBS2)

Environmentalists: Cars Wrecked During Sandy Creating Natural Disaster

An environmental group believes sensitive Long Island land is being contaminated by cars damaged during superstorm Sandy.

02/05/2013

Department of Environmental Conservation Headquarters (Credit: http://www.dec.ny.gov)

Former N.Y. State Employee Pays $20,000 For Calling Chat Lines While On The Job

State investigators accused Reilly last year of spending more than 500 hours making 760 calls to services with names like VIP Sensual Chat, Quest Chat and Secret Encounters between 2005 and 2011.

08/11/2012

FILE - An oyster worker checks a batch of Blue Point oysters in New York. (Photo credit" Thomas Viguier/AFP/Getty Images)

FDA: Don’t Eat Shellfish From Oyster Bay

The FDA says the New York state DEC closed the waters to harvesting on July 13 after several cases of people getting sick from eating raw or partially cooked shellfish from the area were reported.

07/24/2012

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