Collecting Maple Sap, the old-fashioned way. Photo by J Burney
Collecting Maple Sap, the old-fashioned way. Photo by J Burney

GreenWatch: Things to Know this Week

by / Mar. 15, 2016 10am EST

GreenCode Public Comments

On Sunday MARCH 6, Greenwatch posted a special report on Buffalo’s Greencode by Art Giacalone.“SEQRA and Buffalo’s history of Non-compliance”.
Starting tonight the City of Buffalo will hold two special meetings and host an open written comment period on the GreenCode until April 22, 2016.  This is the notification from the City of Buffalo:
Green Code Public Hearings 
Please plan on attending one of the upcoming public hearings for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS), which analyzes the environmental impacts of the Buffalo Green Code, including all of the Green Code component documents.
First Public Hearing
Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 at 5:30 pm
City of Buffalo Common Council Chambers
13th floor City Hall, 65 Niagara Square, Buffalo, NY 14202
Second Public Hearing
Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts
450 Masten Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209 
Besides making comments at either of the two DGEIS public hearings, comments may be submitted in writing to Dinash Lal, Common Council Chief of Staff, Common Council Central Office, 1413 City Hall, Buffalo, NY 14202, or by email to  dlal@city-buffalo.com. Comments must be submitted by April 22, 2015, when the public comment period under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) closes.
In addition to the DGEIS public hearings, a subsequent public hearing will be held for the Unified Development Ordinance and public hearings/meetings will be held for the other Green Code components as required. Dates will be scheduled for these meetings after the close of the SEQRA public comment period.  Once the dates are scheduled, the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning will work with Council staff to provide notice of those meetings.
To review the DGEIS, click here.
To learn more about the Buffalo Green Code, please visit buffalogreencode.com.

RAMSAR Public Meeting

The Niagara River Greenway Commission and the Niagara River Corridor Ramsar Site Steering Committee invite you to a public presentation: Celebrate World Water Day and the Niagara River & learn more about the proposal to nominate the Niagara River as North America’s first Transboundary Ramsar Site. More information about this RAMSAR site here.

The event is free and open to the public. It will be held on Tuesday, March 22, from 7-8:30 PM at the Atrium @ Rich’s (Niagara and West Ferry in Buffalo).

RSVP here: ramsarniagara.eventbrite.com.

For more information call (716) 687-1225 or email jajean.rose@wnylc.org.

Nominating the Niagara River Corridor as a Ramsar Site, a wetland of international importance, will help celebrate the river’s return to health. It will support conservation while encouraging recreation and tourism, and will help attract funding resources to our region. Pursued in partnership with our Canadian neighbors, this will be the first Transboundary Ramsar Site in North America. For more information go to UB’s Environmental Law and Policy Clinic website (law.buffalo.edu) or the Western New York Land Conservancy’s website (wnylc.org).

Maple Weekends New York

It is that time of year again when the Maple Producers Association of New York hosts it’s annual Maple Weekends during the weekends of March 19-20, and April 2-3, open houses, tours of operating sugar shacks, and pancake breakfasts featuring delicous maple products will happen all over Western New York. Get out and enjoy. 

Buffalo Audubon Maple Harvest Festival

Come on out the the Beaver Meadow Audubon Center’s annual event  featuring sugar shack demonstrations and a pancake breakfast.  The events occur Saturday March 19 and Sunday March 20 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Adults $8.00, Children ages 4-12 $6.00. 3 and under, free.

Beaver Meadow Audubon Center 1610 Welch Road Java New York 

For information: 585. 457.3228