Press-Republican

March 3, 2013

Of Interest: March 3, 2013

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PLATTSBURGH — A session in Plattsburgh has been added to meetings coming up in Burlington and Montreal to invite public input on draft Plan of Study for the Identification of Measures to Mitigate Flooding and the Impacts of Flooding in the Richelieu River and Lake Champlain Watershed.

The meeting, to be held at the same time as the one across the lake, is set for 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 11, at Hampton Inn & Suites, 586 Route 3.

Hosted by the International Lake Champlain-Richelieu River Work Group and attended by International Joint Commission Commissioner Dereth Glance, it will provide an overview of the report, followed by an opportunity for comments from the audience.

The draft plan, initiated by the United States and Canada after catastrophic flooding of the Richelieu River and Lake Champlain in spring 2011, identifies the studies necessary to allow an evaluation of the causes and impacts of that flooding, as well as the studies necessary to develop appropriate mitigation solutions and recommendations.

Written comments may be submitted at the meetings, through the Work Group website or to: Stephanie Castle, U.S. co-secretary, 54 West Shore Road, Grand Isle, VT 05482, email scastle@lcbp.org; or to Madeleine Papineau, U.S. Canada co-secretary, 801-1550 D’Estimauville Ave., Quebec, G1J 0C3, Canada, email madeleine.papineau@ec.gc.ca.

Comments received by March 18 will assist the Work Group in developing the final plan of study that will be submitted to the International Joint Commission by the end of the month.

Read the plan at: http://www.ijc.org/champlainrichelieuplan.

Tree seedlings available in annual sale

WESTPORT — The Essex County Soil and Water Conservation District is now holding its annual seedling sale until March 8.

Available are bare-root tree and shrub seedlings and transplants for erosion control, wildlife-habitat improvement, windbreaks and reforestation. Ground covers and wildflower seed mixes can also be purchased.

New this year are American sycamore, tag alder, sawtooth oak and ninebark.

The main addition to riparian planting will be streamco willow cuttings and wattles, which help restore damaged and eroding banks.

Also available are slow-release fertilizer tablets that will provide necessary nutrients for up to two years, and water gel, which helps to retain moisture around the roots, especially important during a dry spring and summer.

March 8 is the deadline to place an order and guarantee variety.

Orders will be available for pickup April 19 in Westport.

To get an order form or for more information, check the website essexcountyswcd.org or call 962-8225 weekdays; email essexswcd@westelcom.com, go to the link at www.co.essex.ny.us; or come to the office at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Center (second floor), 3 Sisco St., Westport.