April 22 is Earth Day

by Richard Drosse, Oswego County Environmental Management Council

The Oswego County Environmental Management Council is inviting individuals, schools, and groups to participate in Oswego County’s Earth Week, April 19-28.

In conjunction with this, the NYS Canal Corporation and Parks & Trails NY have designated April 19, 21, and 22 for Canal Clean Sweep. Any interested groups or towns wanting to help maintain the beauty and keep our Oswego Canal Corridor may contact Eli at canalsweep@ptny.org or (518) 434-1583.

As with other counties, Oswego County has invasive plants, which can choke out or kill native species, causing environmental and economic harm.

The most problematic plants are the Giant Hogweed, Swallow-wort, Japanese Knotweed and the Water Chestnut.

Of particular importance at this time, a destructive invasive beetle known as the Emerald Ash Borer has moved into New York State, killing ash trees. So far the Ash Borer has been found in areas west of Cayuga County and southeast New York, near Albany and further south.
The beetle infests and kills North American ash species including green, white, black and blue ash. Adult beetles leave distinctive D-shaped exit holes in the outer bark of the branches and the trunk.

Oswego county Soil & Water Conservation District can be contacted about the Ash Borer and other invasives at 592-9663 or 3105 Route 3, Fulton.

The Oswego County Department of Solid Waste web site at www.co.oswego.ny.us/dsw.shtml has information about what can be brought to the Solid Waste Facilities.

Oswego County would like to acknowledge groups and organizations for their efforts. An information and a participation form can be obtained from the Earth Week web site.

Trash bags will be available upon request through the cooperation of Oswego County Building and Grounds.

Collection of litter should be arranged with local towns, villages, and cities. Roadside litter collections turned over to municipalities for Earth Week and year round can be disposed of with no tipping fee, courtesy of Oswego County Solid Waste.

A limited number of safety vests are available for those groups or individuals working roadside cleanups.

A limited number of work gloves, if needed, will be available through a contribution from Novelis Corporation.

To help with a grant program for schools and youth groups, Novelis asks that participates donate any recyclable aluminum cans collected to the “Cans for the Community Program.” Local redemption centers will credit these cans towards the Community Program.

Thank you for your help and participation with this special countywide event.

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