Over the last 10 weeks, the Dutchess County Environmental Management Council has summarized its State of the Environment Report for Dutchess County.
Water is the No. 1 environmental concern among Dutchess County residents. Concerns range from drought and flood prevention to pollution in drinking water, streams, lakes and other water bodies.
Dutchess County and four other mid-Hudson Valley counties have the nation's highest rates of Lyme disease, an illness transmitted by the bite of a tiny — and insidious — tick.
Business, especially the pesticide industry, will face challenges in developing sustainable practices that will reduce insecticide use. Yet their active participation is necessary to bring about change.
Continued research is necessary to develop control measures to reduce the incidence of the disease.
Our region's changing climate will continue to have widespread effects on our natural resources, agriculture, infrastructure, and human health.
There are three major air pollutants in Dutchess County: ozone, particulate matter, and acid precipitation.
A new high-tech environmental monitoring station was unveiled on the banks of the Hudson River.
How coyotes and other predators influence Lyme risk.
The new monitor is part of a network of 15 stations that provides round-the-clock data on conditions in the Hudson from Albany to New York Harbor.
Cary Institute, NYSDEC, Marist, USGS and partners join forces to protect river.
When we do things in an ecosystem that erode biodiversity — we chop forests into bits or replace habitat with agricultural fields — we tend to get rid of species that serve a protective role.
It's a hot summer in the Northeast — but not as hot as the quirky little market for guinea hens — the latest fad for the monied set looking to do battle against Lyme disease carrying ticks.
Understanding the relationship between red foxes and coyotes may be another key in understanding the ecology of Lyme disease.
Earthworms, a non-native species. Are they good or bad for the soil?
Given the health implications, "understanding the ecological mechanisms that drive Lyme disease in nature is very important."
Here are a few suggestions about how best to manage floodplains.
Invasive species pose one of the top threats to the Hudson River.
New York Times article explores the links between wildlife and infectious diseases.
Paving rural roads is one of the local issues that can get people in Dutchess County worked up.
Millbrook, NY – The Hudson Valley has the unfortunate distinction of being the global epicenter of tick-borne disease. And the situation is getting worse.
Take care to be sure that your "perfect plant" isn't actually a perfect menace in disguise.
“Catastrophic loss of tree species and a huge taxpayer burden—where's the sense in this?”
"We expect 2012 to be the worst year for Lyme disease risk ever."
In assessing a major drop in nitrate loss from the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, it was revealed that past disturbances, such as logging, must be included.
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