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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.”


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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.


FILE - In this April 23, 2010 photo, a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site is seen near Burlington, Pa., in Bradford County. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson)

NY DEC To Hold Hearings On Proposed Rules For Gas Drillers

New York environmental regulators have issued proposed regulations for hydraulic fracturing of natural gas in New York state and now they want the public to weigh in.


Debate Surrounding Indian Point Nuclear Plant Continues To Rage In New York

The two reactors in Buchanan, 35 miles up the Hudson River from midtown Manhattan, provide about a quarter of the power used in New York City and Westchester County.


Arthur Davis, 5, of Durham, N.C., cools off in the Washington Square  fountain. (credit: Mary Altaffer/AP)

Hot, Muggy Weather Hits New York; Air Quality Alert Issued

It’s the heart of summer, when people can’t wait to get outside. But, today might be a day to limit your time in the sun.


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NY DEC Warns That Giant Hogweed Plant Could Cause Blisters, Blindness

New York State environmental officials are trying to nip a huge, dangerous plant in the bud.


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Up To 8-Foot Long, 160-Pound Mountain Lion On The Loose In Greenwich, Conn.

There has been a wild animal alert issued in the northern suburbs. A mountain lion, yes, a mountain lion, is on the loose. It’s out there and conservation experts said the picture obtained by CBS 2 is definitely it.


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DEC Officials Say They Will Monitor Health Of Violet The NYU Hawk

The DEC believes Violet may be suffering from an ongoing condition, and for now, decided it will continue to use “Hawk Cam” to monitor her.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo (AP Photo/Mike Groll, Pool)

Cuomo Nominates Martens As Environmental Chief

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has nominated Joe Martens, a key figure in some of the state’s major land acquisitions in the Adirondacks and elsewhere, to serve as commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation.


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Long Island Man Gets Jail For Oyster Offense

A Long Island man has been sentenced to five months in jail for mislabeling cartons of oysters believed to be from a river where shellfishing is banned.


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NY Town Faces Fines For Sewer System Problems

A town in upstate New York is facing nearly $38,000 in fines, unless it can plug the problems with its crumbling sewer system as demands increase.