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ALBANY COUNTY — Every year, the Albany County Soil and Water Conservation District holds a fish sale for the convenience of local pond owners.

The New York State Department of Health has set maximum levels for three emerging drinking-water contaminants: perfluorooctanoic acid, perfluorooctane sulfonate, and 1,4-dioxane.

The state has issued a Drought Watch for four regions of New York, including the Upper Hudson/Mohawk area of which Albany County is a part.

Some New Yorkers have received unsolicited packages allegedly sent from China that are marked as containing jewelry but which actually contain plant seeds, according to a statement released Monday from Richard Ball, the state’s agriculture commissioner.

The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation is looking for swimming-pool owners to participate in the DEC’s annual Asian Longhorned Beetle Swimming Pool Survey during the month of August.

The Karner blue butterfly, which lost 99 percent of its population when it was protected as endangered 28 years ago, is making a dramatic comeback this summer in the Albany Pine Bush.

Guilderland Lacrosse Booster Club parade and tree planting on Saturday.

For short-term profits from logging or drilling or mining, ecosystems that would sustain humans in the long run will be undermined. What recourse do we have in the face of such hubris? How can we avert the catastrophe that will surely follow?

Anyone who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in February will receive 10 free Norway spruce trees or 10 free redbud trees to plant when the weather turns warm.

Neil Gifford of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission said that Pyramid has already suggested adding about 8 acres of land north of the butterfly preserve as part of its mitigation for the proposed apartments on Rapp Road. 

The company cannot “double dip,” he said, and claim that that proposed additional eight acres of butterfly habitat would also mitigate a higher theater. But what Pyramid could do, he said, is put in more money to support management efforts. 

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